New York Comic Con opened with Batman Limited Edition Forever Stamps First-Day-of-Issue Ceremony. These stamps are released to celebrate the Dark Knight’s 75th Anniversary. There are four commemorative designs in both the Batman logo and four versions of Batman himself separating the comic book eras and artistic styles.
You can find USPS’ press relaese here: http://about.usps.com/news/national-releases/2014/pr14_054.htm
I believe that this is the first year in which Thursday tickets are sold out for NYCC. I guess it wouldnt be so surprising compared to how fast the tickets sold out online and at local retailers here in NYC. The 3-day tickets were gone in a flash.
Saturday and Sunday were really busy and packed.
As with every year, there are massive crowds, advertisements, autographs, artists, cosplays and much more. There was even a Geico booth that took 3D photos. Hallmark had a pin for everyday plus a bonus Yoda pin and an autograph pin. The Hallmark Comic Con Exclusives for this year were Wampa (The Empire Strikes Back featured in white flocking), Tusken Raider & Bantha Itty Bitty 2-pack Plush Set (A New Hope), War Machine (Iron Man 3) and Arkham City Batman.
Chevrolet had free t-shirts for everyone (large sizes only). The smaller sizes tend to go out really fast. Bandai was pretty popular this year too, with their Power Rangers: Limited Edition Tommy Oliver Legendary Ranger Key Set, their Metallic Edition Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Green Ranger and the Godzilla Movie Vinyl Figure. All were exclusive to Comic Con. Megabloks had Spongebob, Call of Duty, Halo and Barbie collections to display this year.
I have to give a shout out to Ghostery because they had a pretty humble booth, just a computer station with a big blue live action ghost. They gave out ghost shaped stress balls. I thought it was the cutest thing. Ghostery is an browser (FireFox, Chrome, Safari, etc) extension that shows you who’s been tracking you when you visit a website and what data they collect. It’s a privacy tool that allows you to block trackers. Pretty interesting in this age of technology and social media.
As I’m sure everyone clearly knows, Nintendo was not present during NYCC this year. Instead, on Friday night at 6pm, the Nintendo World Store was giving out tickets to watch the national tournament, which was going to take place the very next day, on Saturday, October 10 at their store.
My older brother managed to get all of the autographs from Star Trek: The Next Generation Crew, minus Patrick Stewart because it seemed like he cancelled his autographs this year. He was present at Friday’s Cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation, moderated by William Shatner, their captain. He managed to get Shatner’s autograph last comic con, but it looks like this is the second year in which he missed out on Patrick Stewart.
Bacon Cookies. Einhorn’s Epic Cookies has very unique flavors–as you would not imagine bacon or potato chips to be in cookies. Yet, here they are. I noted that last year they had different more basic packaging–tinier and was in a see through plastic bag. This year the cookies looked great. I ended up buying a box of 6 cookies (buy 5 and get 1 free). Now why are these cookies being sold at Comic Con? Well it comes with a cute comic about unicorns. “A Match Made in Awesome”
I took a picture with Stephen Amell, who is probably most famous for Arrow as Oliver McQueen. He actually hugged my friend who had a cutely decorated “free-hug” sign. Very surprising, considering how rushed the photo ops line were. They made everyone go in, take one photo, and leave in like 3 minutes. I’m pretty sure it was more economically advantageous to rush everyone, in an effort to make more money.
I managed to get the signature from Kaname Fujioka from Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate. He was actually involved in most of the Monster Hunter series starting with Monster Hunter for the Playstation 2. So that’s over 10 years of Monster Hunter work!
I would say that if I did have a complaint, it would probably be regarding the poorly trained employees this year. I don’t think that it would be a valid complaint if I said that it was too crowded. Other than that, I had a great time. I look forward to going to next year!