Traveler, writer, reviewer, all-round observer. I like anything cool & fast, but occasionally sit at a cafe watching the world go by.
It’s 3am, May 13. The Joker sits patiently in front of his laptop waiting for the precise moment. As soon as the tickets become available, he immediately jumps at the opportunity to hit SUBMIT.
The Joker here is a Cosplayer, and he’s an example of the thousands of people who anticipate those 4 days in October when The Javits Center hosts New York’s Comic Con. On the first morning of NYCC 2015, it was reported that 170,000 were expected that weekend, and the line to get in stretched for several city blocks 4 hours before those doors swung open.
In case you may think Comic Con is just for comic book readers and superhero fans, it is actually a celebration of all things pop culture. This includes fiction and nonfiction, fantasy and science fiction, comic books and graphic novels, new and old movies, TV and theater, anime and anything else popular locally and worldwide.
In one corner of The Javits during NYCC, there’s an area called The Block, filled with a variety of vendors selling everything from music CD’s, specialty toys, trinkets, t-shirts, accessories, and so on. On the far opposite corner is a whole section filled with comic book and graphic novel vendors. And in the middle, a variety of displays, games, costume, pop culture vendors, as well as TV, movie, and theater promotions. Meanwhile, on the lower levels, room after room of viewing screenings, panels of successful artists, authors, writers, TV and movie actors giving advice, answering questions, and talking about the next big thing.
In the midst of everything are people of all types and all ages, with a great many wearing costumes they bought or created themselves -affectionately known as Cosplayers.
On the 1st couple of days, I dressed as a 1940’s Roving Reporter. A white shirt, loosened thin tie, and a “Press” pass on my black Fedora, while holding a pen and small notepad. Simple, but some pointed at me, remarking “cool!” and “awesome!” Another day, I costumed it up a notch. Enter MIB “agent A” – white shirt, black suit, black tie, black shades, and a ray gun. Some even wanted to take a photo of me as I posed.
On the final day, I decided to have some fun and wore a novelty t-shirt I got as a gift. A sound-activated lite-up equalizer on the front, a pair of headsets over my head, and silver shades. In case you have to ask, I was a cool-looking DJ (well, I thought I was). You can always expect to receive positive reactions from others at these events, which is encouraging to creative self-expression.
In the next few installments, I’ll be writing about my experience and short interviews during those 4 extremely tiring, but incredibly fun days.