By now you know that the 2020 New York Comic Con is cancelled due to the Pandemic. But before the Covid-19 disaster, I was able to attend for the first time this geek fest in New York City. It was my first time to attend the New York Comic Con at Javits center last October 2019 and it wasn’t short of its awesomeness. New York Comic Coon has its own charisma and culture, one that is undeniably strong is that, it is in New York City, the old Gotham where so many heroes reside and born in the different comic book universe. Spider-Man, Superman, Batman and Robin, the Power Pack, The New Mutants, Captain America, Tony Stark, the Fantastic 4, Doctor Strange… you name it, most of them are here. So it’s only fitting that the home of the most popular superheroes should be the origin of the first ever recorded comic convention back in 1965,
During my two day attendance, I got to meet my childhood heroes behind the comic book. I was also fortunate to meet and greet in person my favorite Goonies and LOTR actor Sean Astin who graced the event with Billy Boyd.
New York Comic Con is also a haven and heaven for photographers as there were so many cosplayers who were willing to pose for the cameras. To be honest, Comic Con is the fashion show of the nerds in masks and capes (and I am a proud nerd here). Everywhere you go you see all of them strutting in their tights and capes. As a photographer, I enjoyed being in the Con. It is the only place on earth where people are willing to pose for the cameras without inhibitions and hesitation. The Cosplayers are the celebrities without the Diva Attitude.
Actually there was one. I bumped into an old lady dressed in her costume who doesn’t want to be photographed unless you are from the National Geographic or the New York Times. I don’t know why she is there in the first place. The event is for ordinary people, geeks and fans alike. It is not for paparazzi’s on the red carpet. My take is, if you don’t want to be photographed, do not attend or wear any costume, and put a big cardboard sign on your neck that says: KILL JOY
Anyhow, why did it took me all these years to attend for the first time the Con. Simple. It wasn’t my priority at that time. In previous years I was busy with studying and other hats (as my career). I wasnt ready. I a pop-culture geek and anything addictive such as the New York Comic Con will definitely derail my concentration and ruin my focus. Now that I am done with all the page turning and eyebrows burning, I finally got to enjoy it.
The New York Comic Con missed this year 2020 for the very first time in its long history since its first recorded event back in 1965. As I am writing this, I get to think what life would be in pop-culture New York without the comic con.
The lights dimmed and the door closed at Javits center but it would probably get back soon… maybe next year. I hope.