How to survive New York Comic Con

I have been going to New York Comic Con to cover it since 2012 and each year since then it has got more bigger than the previous years. No other convention besides SDCC has this much of an explosion of fans and celebrity guests and comic artists and creators than NYCC. My experience with each convention is different each time but there are ways to survive the Con days and today i will tell you how to survive New York Comic Con.

1. Arrive to the Javits Center early

If you are living in the New York City area, then it should be very easy now to get to the Javits Center by the 7 train (before the new path opened, you had to either take a bus or get off at 34th Street and walk there). Even if it is a little cold outside, waiting on the line to get in builds the anticipation of what you are going to see on the show floor. Trust me, you do not want to arrive 30 minutes before the venue opens or else you will be far behind on the line.

2. Always bring a bottle of water with you along with food and snacks

The food and water at the Javits Center is expensive. Even the vendors and food trucks are expensive too. If you want to, i recommend that you make food at home or at your hotel and bring it with you along with a very large bottle of water. You would not want to stand in lines with an empty stomach and i have done it and it was not pleasant at all .

3. Have comfortable shoes to be prepared for standing on the lines

Never and i mean Never walk the entire floor with boots (unless you are a cosplayer or it is raining) or heels. Your legs and feet will hurt within 20 minutes. Always wear sneakers to any Comic Con especially in New York since you will do a lot of walking. They don’t call it “the city that never sleeps” for no reason.

4. Make a great pose when you are about to go for a photo op

I myself love meeting celebrities and actors and all it takes is one pose or smile for your photo to come out great. I know for a fact that anybody can be nervous when they are meeting their favorite actor/actress for the first time. But you will be fine as long as you look directly to the camera to pose for a photo or act out a scene with the actor before the photo flashes. I have heard stories of photos being retaken because of a botched pose or if their eyes were shut. You only get one chance so make the best out of it.

5. Use the official NYCC App for maps

Ever since the NYCC App has been released a few years ago, it became a very useful App for you to use the map to see where you are going and which room you are heading to for panels and signings. No more looking at a tall poster to check which spot you are currently on and no more walking up to one of those posters while there is a sea of a crowd that is walking. Download the App and use it. You will love it.

6. Do not take pictures of, or touch cosplayers without their consent.

One of the great things about this specific convention is that they have a strict no-harassment policy. There were posters everywhere that said cosplay does not mean consent. It felt like a safe space. Plus, every cosplayer that I encountered had no problem with stopping to take a picture after they were asked.

7. Bring as much money if you can

If you are going to buy that rare comic or even a stack of them or just exclusives and figures, be prepared to bring as much money as you can. I sometimes hear stories of people bringing up to $2000 with them for NYCC. I only bring about up to $400 with me but i do not spend all of it. It is also best for you to manage on what you will spend on that weekend.

8. Make new friends at their social gatherings

I have only went to a social gathering once in my entire 6 years of going to NYCC as a press member and that was back in 2013. But i have made a ton of new friends and met a ton of people at the press lounge area such as Mick Foley, Greg Miller (then IGN, Now Kinda Funny Games), Sheamus, Tara Strong and much more. But going to social gatherings especially the themed ones of your favorite TV Show or Video Game is worth it for the simple fact that you will hang out with many different people with the same interest as yours.

9. Make sure to have a portable battery charger

This is very needed especially if you have to sit through more than one panel. Battery chargers for your phone or cameras is a must have since you may want to take pictures or record footage of a panel or of cosplayers. Make sure that the battery is charged up before you use it.

10. Arrive to the panel line at least one hour and a half before the panel begins

So you want to make it to the Mark Hamill or The Walking Dead panel this year? Good luck because even trying to get a spot is just a hassle. If you are planning to go to one of the major panels, be sure to arrive at least up to two hours before it begins because if you arrive 30 minutes before it begins, you will not and i mean NOT get in.

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Beatles:we can work it out

We Can Work It Out

The Beatles

Lyrics

Try to see it my way
Do I have to keep on talking till I can’t go on?
While you see it your way
Run the risk of knowing that our love may soon be gone
We can work it out
We can work it out

Think of what you’re saying
You can get it wrong and still you think that it’s alright
Think of what I’m saying
We can work it out and get it straight, or say good night
We can work it out
We can work it out

Life is very short, and there’s no time
For fussing and fighting, my friend
I have always thought that it’s a crime
So, I will ask you once again
Try to see it my way
Only time will tell if I am right or I am wrong
While you see it your way
There’s a chance that we might fall apart before too long
We can work it out
We can work it out

Life is…

Doomsday Kingdom #1 Review

After the long wait, the physical release of the first issue of Doomsday Kingdom has finally came. Youtube personality and comic writer Ronny Haze has been working on this title along with artist James Milne for a few years now and their dream came to reality with this issue. Ronny Haze hosts a channel called Make A Path Presents where he covers The Walking Dead (the comic series and the TV adaptation), Fear The Walking Dead, Game Of Thrones and much more. There are not many Youtubers out there that hosts a channel and also creates a comic so you are getting a huge bag of content on his channel.

I have issue #1 of Doomsday Kingdom and here is my review on the first issue.

First i would like to say that the first 3 pages set the tone for how the rest of the issue will be. The first page, the main character has an arrow that is already pierced through his wrist taken out. But next, we get flashback scenes leading up to what happened on the first and last page and not too many comics begin their series with a flashback scene so i liked it. From there onwards, the main character travels with a prisoner and we get a story between those two along with what happened between those two and why the main character tied him to the feeding post for the zombies (which are named creeps in this comic) to devour him alive.

After that, the main character goes to a house that is trapped with a few zombies inside but it was a distraction as the other group attacked him with arrows. As the main character takes down the zombies, the enemies continue their assault and we finally know how he got the arrow on his wrist.

Another character wearing riot gear mixed with camouflage comes to the main character’s rescue as he killed the enemies that attacked him. At the end of the issue, the man who saved the main character asks him “The Rider. WHO ARE YOU?” as this ending left myself wanting to know more behind the character and the story.

Overall, i love this issue. This felt very different than the normal post-zombie outbreak world. Right from the beginning, we have been hinted that the world has been like this for many years and that the characters were very accustomed to everything that was going on. This issue is jam packed with action from start to finish and it has me excited for the next issue. I also did like how the suspense was built on how the first page happened as it did not felt forced or rushed at all. The Artwork is also great as the colors and shades and shadows blended very well in each page. I recommend for everyone to read this because it is a completely different take on the zombie genre. Doomsday Kingdom releases digitally first before the print version releases.

Ronny Haze is on twitter @RONNYHAZE and you can find him on YouTube as Make A Path Presents. I have also interviewed him on The Wrestling Court Episode 85 which you can listen to right here.

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Marvel Comics Legacy & Secret Empire Omega #1 Spoilers: Who Is The Last Steve Rogers Standing & Who Is Captain America?

Marvel Comics Legacy spoilers follow for Secret Empire Omega #1.

Secret Empire doesn’t appear to be over with Secret Empire Omega #1. The book ends with…

idolized figment of Kobik the sentient Cosmic Cube’s imagination Steve Rogers remaining Captain America while real yet corrupted Steve Rogers remains jailed as Hydra Supreme.

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Super7 at Power-Con 2017 Next Weekend!

Super7 will be exhibiting at Power-Con once again in Los Angeles! The big celebration of all things Masters of the Universe takes place next weekend (Saturday, September 9th and Sunday, September 10th). Of course, it wouldn’t be a MOTU party if Super7 didn’t bring MOTU exclusives to the show.

First up, created as Power-Con Exclusives, are the MOTU Classics 3-packs! Pack 1 features 8″ mini-comic variants of Stratos, Trap Jaw and Prince Adam while Pack 2 has 8″ figures of Terroar, Plasmar, and Lord Gr’asp. Both 3-packs were offered to Power-Con attendees to order as made-to-order / pre-order items. These figures are only available through Power-Con.

Next up we have the Power-Con exclusive Slime Green M.U.S.C.L.E. Trash Can! Each can contains all 12 figures from the second wave of the MOTU M.U.S.L.E. and comes with brand new artwork featuring everyone’s favorite magical jester covered in slime – Gross! This item will only be available at Power-Con.

And for the toy connoisseur with a refined palette, Super7 is bringing our trademark soft-vinyl figures from Japan. At Power-Con you will be able to tackle the 2-inch Clear Green Micro He-Man and Skeletor AND the eye-popping 5-inch Green Fiend Beastman and Purple Reign Skeletor vinyl figures! They are all the way from Japan, man.

NEW 6″ BLACK SERIES LAST JEDI EXCLUSIVE FIGURES REVEALED

With Force Friday only hours away these figures will sell out fast!

Gamestop Exclusive Black Series 6″ Snoke With Throne – $35

Amazon Exclusive Black Series 6″ Elite Praetorian Guard with both a sword and a ginormous heavy blade – $20

Barnes & Noble, Gamestop, and Disney Stores Black Series 6″ Guardians of Evil 4-Pack – $80

This evolution of the Royal Guard set featuryes the blue-clad Senate Guard from Episode 1, all the way up to another Last Jedi Praetorian, which will have a new helmet and two bladed weapons exclusive to this version of the character.

Walgreens Exclusive 6″ Black Series Episode V & VI Spirit Obi Wan – $20

Happy toy hunting and good luck!

We personally would love this Royal guard set.

All images are from Hasbro toys

THE NEW DOOMSDAY CLOCK #1 LENTICULAR REVEALED!

As shown this morning via twitter, writer and DC President and Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns has revealed the final cover for DOOMSDAY CLOCK #1! The lenticular cover features prior existing WATCHMEN art by Dave Gibbons, and is the final version to what was revealed last week, along with the main cover and variant from artist Gary Frank. DOOMSDAY CLOCK #1 will hit shelves November 22, with more details on the way in the coming months!

DC Comics presents to you a 12-issue maxiseries from the critically acclaimed team of writer Geoff Johns, artist Gary Frank and colorist Brad Anderson. You are not prepared for what lies ahead within these pages, good readers.

Beat Bugs Toys by Blip Toys

Thank you so much, Blip Toys, for these fantastic review samples of some of the Beat Bugs line, available only at Target. We had a blast reviewing these and hope your children will enjoy playing with The Beatles music being brought to life by imaginative play through these toys.

Beat Bugs: Lucy the Dragonfly

Beat Bugs: Fab Figures

Beat Bugs: Musical Submarine

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