|NYCC: Third Time's the Charm!
||[Apr. 22nd, 2008|12:19 am]
Overall, I would say that this was the best NY Comic Con so far! It still has a long way to go to match the size and scope of San Diego, but I like the seemingly bigger emphasis on publishing (go reading!). Traditional non-comics book publishers dominated a lot of the big booths in the way movie and videogame companies do in San Diego. Generally the layout for this year’s NY show was more comfortable and accommodating. The upstairs space and the wider aisles were greatly appreciated. The Sunday “Kids’ Day” outreach effort seemed to pay off with lots of parents taking their kids to the show. But, as a Nickelodeon co-worker pointed out, there still wasn’t much for kids to actually do (besides a few panels and workshops), and the convention floor is too disorganized and intimidating. She did not feel comfortable navigating past booths of horror, mutilation, and Playboy models with her daughter. She gave up, before finding me at The Comics Bakery booth, and was completely surprised when I told her there was a booth called “Kids Love Comics” deep within the small press area. But that’s an ongoing issue that will probably always plague any big convention that wants to cater to both families and hardcore genre fans. Perhaps they could organize the layout by theme?
The main thing I was happy about was that I survived the weekend at all! With my recent health issues I was supposed to keep stress low, but that's pretty much impossible when you have to assemble and run a booth, moderate several panels, help a documentary crew, and hope to sell enough books to break even.
As always, in the chaos of it all, I still managed to have a lot of fun, see a lot of friends and meet lots of new cool people. All the panels I participated on went over well and in the case of the Friday Nick Mag/Avatar panel, VERY WELL! The Comics Bakery concept still seems to make people happy and people seemed to like the extra additions to our set up (not to mention Marion’s fresh made scones!). We were joined by our good friends Kean Soo (not in any of my photos!) and Johane Matte, which made the weekend even more of a blast. I’m still on a post-con buzz…which should carry over nicely into the Stumptown Comics Fest this weekend!
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Ok, Marion is maybe the cutest thing ever.
Ha ha, I didn't have a proper smile in that last picture, because I was eating a sandwich and didn't know if I had pieces stuck in my teeth XD
I need to hide behind a Sokka puppet all the time.
Next year we have Kevin Coppa make puppet versions of us so we can hide behind the table.
Ha ha, that would be awesome...I'd hide behind a Zhao puppet better, I think. Or a Horus one. ;)
You guys did an excellent job with the Friday panel. It was awesome to see ya again and be part of the experience, I'm only sad I couldn't find any of your booths afterward. I even ran into Alison like 30 times and kept forgetting to ask her x_x;
Ah well. If you end up going to SDCC as well, hopefully I'll have better luck with that. Either case, glad ya had a good time 'yo.
Dave, Raina and John (Marion, will you be there?) should have their Comics Bakery booth up at SDCC. I'm sure Dave will confirm that. I'll probably be hanging around the Flight booth again this year.
With Superman outfit in tow! :D
Thanks man! You gotta send me a scan of that drawing you did during the friday panel!
And yeah, I got lost pretty much every time I went to the bathroom and tried to get back to my booth.
No prob. I'll be scanning all of 'em up for DA, so I'll send you a link there :O
so awesome! I am glad I could live vicariously through your photos!
It smells better that way!
Hahaha, those pictures are great! It was lovely talking to you on Sunday, and you guys did one bang-up job on the panel.
I wish I could make it to SDCC, but alas, I don't think the gods of finance will bless me enough for a flight out there.
(this is Mariah, BTW. Aka: that girl who made the Appa/Toph costumes :P)
Wait what? Appa dressed as Toph?! Or Toph dressed as Appa?!
Hey! Yes I was very glad that we got to talk on Sunday! I've been raving about your costume work all week!
Even if you don't make it to NYCC I'm sure we'll cross paths at some con in the future. :)
I'm going to try my best to get to SDCC (I haven't been out to the west coast in YEARS, which is silly since I was born in Santa Barbara), but if that fails I'll be at both Connecticon and Otakon this summer (with some more crazy Cosplay! I'm going to attempt making invasion armor for Appa), along with my whole gang of Avatards. I live in NYC, so most east coast sillyness is easy for me to get to.
I haven't seen it yet, but now really want to. And holy smokes, thanks for the heads up!
Man you know what Dave?
One day I'm gonna see you at a con, (when I am less poor)and it'll be awesome.
Aw, Marion makes the cutest Supergirl ever! X3
looked like a blast, dave! so much avatar goodness going on!
speaking of which, where on earth did you find that appa shirt???
I actually bought it of the nick.com store!
Awesome Avatar fan panel, Dave, and the booth looked fantastic as always! Great seeing you guys again!
Hey, um, since I think you're like the closest to some one I know at Stumptown this weekend... I'm going to Todai (http://www.todai.com/)one
of the two nights and I'd like to invite you and Raina and everyone else you can get to come to come along. It's a huge sushi / Asian buffet that has enough choices for just about anyone. Just a thought.
Maybe I should have emailed that... -_-;
ha! it's cool! I think Sunday is still open, so we can try and make that! Although we have some family and old friends in Portland so we're expecting to have no idea where we end up till we get whooshed away!
Somehow I missed your booth :( sadness!!!