10/14-Day 3, the most crowded convention day I've ever seen.
Yer Bunche, with Bender Rodriguez.
This time around, the NY Comic Con was predicted to crack an attendance figure somewhere north of 80,000, but never in my life have I seen a single day at a show as crowded as this. I don't have the final number, but I would guess that when all was said and done there had to be close to a hundred thousand. It was fucking madness. Anyway, here's how it all went down.
9:50am-The day begins.
The end of the line for the northern entrance.
9:55am-The brief silence and emptiness before the doors opened to the public.
The walkway to Artist Alley before the crowds were let in.
10am-The doors open.
10:20am-The end of the line for the Kirk Hammett signing.
A portion of the Kirk Hammett line. A very small portion.
Chris Elliot fans waiting patiently...
King Hippo. Hands down the most balls-out brave/"I don't give a fuck what you think" costume of the entire weekend. It was positively heroic.
While making my way back to Artist Alley, I ran into my friend Han Pan, one of the East Coast's best and most enthusiastic cosplayers, here dressed as the Wasp and having her wings adjusted so I could get a good shot of her.
Misfit and Pops Racer.
A representative of the growing faction of female geeks who appreciate A CLOCKWORK ORANGE.
Best Squirrel Girl ever!
Paul Mounts — my vote for the best colorist in comics — expounds on the excellence of the bacon mini-quiche.
"Hey, everybody wants one."
Despite the ubiquity of anime fandom these days, I never — and I do mean NEVER — expected to see Dr. Slump cosplay. Did show ever even run in the U.S.?
The gang from Abrams Comicarts (with Charlie Kochman at the right). This company puts out the best books on comics, bar none, and it's always a treat to review their books for Publishers Weekly.
The best and sickest couples costume of the entire weekend. (Old school marvel Comics fans will know exactly what I mean.)
Martial arts superstars of the Marvel Universe: an excellent Iron Fist and Elektra.
John shows off his George Perez Starfire sketch in the first NEW TEEN TITANS omnibus (more on this in the next installment).
When a fan dropped by to meet Amanda and dejectedly mentioned to her that he couldn't find any copies of BEFORE WATCHMEN: SILK SPECTRE for her to sign, Amanda dipped below the table and rummage in her suitcase...
...to find copies of the very issues he was looking for and give him the hookup (for free, no less). THAT'S how you treat the people who made you a star.
THE FIFTH ELEMENT's Ruby Rod.
Old school Avengers excellence: the Scarlet Witch, the Wasp, and Ant-Man.
The one and only Paige Pumphrey as a 1950's-style Power Girl (with an example of Amanda Conner's now-iconic version for visual comparison.)
A.C. with Paige.
You know you're a badass when you can instantaneously go en pointe in the middle of a comics convention.
A.C. demonstrates how to draw Power Girl for MTV GEEK. (If you ask me, it was a scam so the interviewer could get a free sketch.)
En pointe badass strikes again!
A truly excellent and unexpected bit of cosplay: Garamon from ULTRA Q.
The awesomeness of Black Adam.
Extra points for doing the ankle wings and making them look organic.
Lord Morpheus, aka The Sandman.
As seen on the train back to Brooklyn.
TO BE CONTINUED