York Comic Con 2012 Review
Thursday, October 11th - Sunday, October 14th, 2012
New York Comic Con 2012 was a four-day entertainment event held
in New York City's Jacob K. Javits Center. The event is so popular that
it was sold out a month in advance. The NY Comic Con (NYCC) 2012 featured
a host of special guests from all forms of pop culture. There is a wide
range of activities to choose from including a massive exhibit hall, panel
discussions, screenings, art exhibitions, concert performances, cosplay,
meet the guests receptions, and much more. AsiaFinest was at the NYCC
all four days to cover as much as possible. The New York Comic Con was
bigger and better than ever! AsiaFinest took hundreds of pictures and
videos of the NY Comic Con 2012, so be sure to check them out.
Thursday October 11th: Preview Day
day was reserved for Professional, Press, VIP, and 4 Days ticket holders
only. It was a great way to preview the exhibits before the event kicks
off the following day. It was a taste of all the exciting things to come.
Is the extra day worth it for a 4 day pass? We definitely would recommend
it. You get interact with exhibits such as Sega's Aliens: Colonial Marines
where you get to climb into a very impressive custom-made 16-foot powerloader
with an attacking Alien Xenomorph to have your picture taken. There was
a line, but it was a lot shorter compared to the next few days. There
was also a few special panels such as Street Fighter 25th Anniversary
Celebration and a Marvel Super Hero Happy Giveaway Hour.
As a special bonus, there was a free concert later that evening by Ben
Folds Five! The group made a stop at NYCC as part of their reunion tour.
Attendees got to enjoy some of the new songs from Ben Folds Five as well
as some of their older hits. Songs performed includes "Kate",
"Brick", and "Do It Anyway". The fan were singing
along to Ben Folds Five earlier hits. The concert was a hit for Ben Folds
Five fans and non-fans alike. For their encore Ben Fold Five performed
Friday October 12th: Day 1
1 was filled with energy and excitement. The comic con fans lined up
early and was hyped and full of adrenaline. The preview from the day
before allowed us to plan ahead. We headed over to check out the Capcom
booth for their daily signings. For the first time at New York Comic
Con, Capcom had signings everyday of the event. They brought in people
such as Stanley Lau (Darkstalkers's Illustrations and Artwork), Alex
Jones (Producers of Devil May Cry), and Yoshinori Ono (Producer of Street
Fighter). Fans were given free game posters for the special guests to
sign. Yoshinori Ono even came dressed as Chun Li for his signing, plus
allowed fans to take pictures with him!
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One of the popular trends nowadays are products being sold exclusively
at comic cons. Not only are the products not sold outside of New York
Comic Con, most of the products are limited to a certain number to make
it even more rare! The most popular exclusives were Marvel and DC Comics
having exclusive NYCC comic books and figures. DC Comics were selling
rare exclusives NYCC comic covers for their Superman and Batman comic
series. DC Comics were also offering the exclusive Aardman Batman and
John Stewart & Atrocitus figures. Fans had to line up early to get
wristband to purchase these exclusive products. Kid Robot were selling
an exclusive Agent K Dunny figure limited to 2000.
We also checked out all the major booths and exhibits today as we know
it would get even more crowded tomorrow. Major exhibits included a Teenage
Mutant Ninja Turtles themed walkaway tunnel that connected one section
of the Javits Centers to the next. Other major booths includes Hasbro,
Mega Blox, Marvel, and more. There were giveaways, tons of comic artists
signing, and other entertaining interactive things to keep attendees
interested at each booth. There was a small wait for each booth, but
it was well worth it. Attendees got to play video games such as the
new "Devil May Cry" and "Age of Wushu" months before
it will comes out.
We covered a few of the panels today which include the popular show,
"Robot Chicken", "Archie Comics", and a few other
comic publishers panels". Most of the panels gave attendees a preview
/ tease / and showcased their future projects. Some of the panels such
as Archies gave out goodie bags filled with an assortment of their current
We interviewed Comic Con attendee, Brian Clarke, from Queens NY, on
what his thoughts was for the event, and this is what he said: "I'm
having so much fun. This is the first time I'm here. I can't believe
how big it is. I got the 3 days pass so I will be here from open till
closing everyday. I wish I came the previous years!"
Saturday October 13th: Day 2
knew based on our past experiences with NYCC that Day 2 was going to
be hectic. It didn't help that there was construction going on at Jacob
Javit Center which caused a huge bottleneck of people waiting to get
in at the entrance. Saturday was the most popular day out of the comic
con. The cosplayers came out in full force today. Costume characters
ranged from old school favorites "Spider-man" and "Mortal
Kombat" to the popular TV show "Game of Thrones" and
"One Piece", and just like last years comic con, a gigantic
transforming Bubblebee from Transformers! There was a ton of comic book
signings today. Both Marvel Comics and DC Comics had hourly signings
featuring some of the most well known artists in the comic industry.
Signings for popular artists such as Scott Synder, Jim Lee, and others
was over an one hour long wait.
The major panels was also scheduled for today. The main event AMC's
The Walking Dead was back at the NYCC with the cast from the hit TV
show, as well as the creator of The Walking Dead comic, Robert Kirkman.
Other popular panels included Evil Dead & Carrie, Firefly 10th Anniversary
Special Event, and Haven. The main complaint that we have heard again
this year was that the fans had to wait hours to get into these panels,
while a lot of fans weren't able to get in due to the people staying
inside the theater from previous panels. Just like last year when we
had a special invite to cover the US
Theatrical Premiere Of Naruto Shippuden: Bonds, this year we had
an invite to the NY Wine & Food Festival during the same weekend,
so we weren't able to cover a lot of the panels.
rushing back from the NY Wine & Food Festival,, we made it just
in time for the Femme Fatales panel. The beautiful and friendly cast
from the Femme Fatales TV series was on hand to promote the series's
DVD. Giveaways was given during the panel as well as a quick autograph
session for the fans after the panel ended. In the previous years on
Saturday at night, we would look forward to the New York Anime Festival
Cosplay Masquerade Costume Contest. Unfortunately New York Comic Con
announced that the NY Anime Festival will no longer exist this year.
After NY Anime Festival was merged in NY Comic Con in 2010, NYCC always
had a huge Cosplay Masquerade Costume Contest, but sadly not this year.
A lot of comic con attendees looked forward to this event but was extremely
disappointed to find out it wasn't on the program schedule. Instead
they found out NYCC had three daily costume contests held at the much
smaller Variant Stage at Hall 1B.
Sunday October 14th: Day 3
final day of the the 2012 New York Comic Con. People who brought 3 days
and 4 days passes were starting to look like The Walking Dead's zombies
today. Everyone was tired and worn out from all the fun and excitement
from the previous days at NYCC. Even we were starting to feel lethagic
from running around to all the different events and panels. The main
panels that we covered today were Arrow and 666 Park Ave. Both panels
featured the stars from each TV series and a Q&A with fans.
As always Sunday was NYCC KIDS day. A great time to bring out the younger
audience. A lot of events were geared towards the kids today including
Wand Dueling for Kids, Kids Costume Contest, Drawing DC: Kids Edition,
and Disney XD Screening.
The merchant area was less crowded today, so we decided that it would
be the best time to really check it out thoroughly. Since it was the
last day, a few of the merchants had discounts on their products, so
we couldn't help but to make a few purchases ourselves. A note to our
readers, if you see a product that you like during the previous days,
then be sure to buy it on the spot. We noticed that a lot of the products
were sold out by today. When 5pm came, everyone was tired from the long
but fun filled weekend and was clearing out of the Javits Center. You
could feel that the attendees were sad that the event was coming to
a close. Everyone hung around the convention center area to take pictures
and interact with fellow comic con fans.
New York Comic Con is always our favorite event of the year to cover!
We didn't think it was possible, but each year NY Comic Con gets even
more bigger and better than the previous years. More visitors were able
to enjoy this year's sold out event due to more space being utilized
at the Jacob K. Javits Center. The bad side to that was that it resulted
in a lot of panels being overfilled which disappointed many of the fans
that were shut out. Due to constructions to the outside of Jacob Javits
Center, it was a bit hectic each day getting into the convention area.
Overall the New York Comic Con is a wonderful experience for everybody.
It's not just for anime, comic, and sci-fi fans. There is something
for everyone here. All genre of pop-culture entertainments are on display
here. We highly recommend that everyone get at least a 3 day pass. You
will need all 3 days to truly experience everything. We feel that even
the 4 day pass is well worth it with the addition of a kick off concert.
Plus it gives you a chance to preview most of the event so that you
can better plan out your time at the convention. We are definitely looking
forward to next year's New York Comic Con 2013. The NYCC will be held
at the same place, Jacob K. Javits Center, on October 10 - 13, 2013.
We highly recommend that you order your ticket as soon as it becomes
available as it will get sold out again! So be sure to mark it on your
calendar and we'll hopefully see you there!
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