NYCC 2017-Best of Cosplay (Photos)

New York Comic Con took place last week at the Javits Center and it was a blast. Four days of many attendees going there to be themselves and geek out and make friends there. With all the guests and trailers and announcements or buying that one comic, the one major attraction at New York Comic Con is the cosplayers.

I have taken many photos and videos of the great cosplayers that were over there during the weekend. Check them out and the video version will go up this week on Alternativemindz’ YouTube channel.

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Exclusive- NYCC 2017 Press Invited The Walking Dead Press Conference (Photos included)

I was invited to cover The Walking Dead press conference right before the panel started at New York Comic Con and i had a blast. The talent that were at the conference were Andrew Lincoln, Robert Kirkman, Greg Nicotero, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Austin Amellio, Norman Reedus, Tom Pane and much more. They all took turns answering questions and talking about how great it felt that the show has made it to 100 episodes.

Austin Amellio and Norman Reedus also gave a slight glimpse on what to expect between their characters (Dwight and Daryl Dixon) in season 8 of the show.

Jeffrey Dean Morgan also reacts to the death of Lucielle during The Whisperer War last year since it was one year ago this week that it has happened in the comic series.

Andrew Lincoln also talks about “Old Man Rick” as it was seen in the trailer that was released back in San Diego Comic Con and how he feels about the future of the series.

Greg Nicotero talks about his passion of directing the show from when he started to now along with the character development of select characters and he is very excited for the upcoming season.

There is many more to discuss but i have recorded the entire thing in audio format and it will be posted once i update the article

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NYCC 2017- Robert Kirkman panel notes

Today i attended the panel of The Walking Dead and Invincible creator Robert Kirkman at New York Comic Con. It was really great and he was a comedian out there too as the fans loved it. He made a few announcements during the panel as well.

1. The Walking Dead issue 175 reveal

This one blew me away as i never expected to see something like this in TWD. It is part 1 of New World Order and we will be introduced to a very large and guarded community. It is in Ohio and it has been hyped up for almost two years since Eugene got the radio working almost two years ago when he heard a voice from there.

2. The last issues of Invincible

Next he showed the cover for Invincible #142, which has 10 extra pages of story. “It’s the End of All Things part 10 of 12…but if you look at the top it’s Robot Wars Part 1…I dare Marvel and DC to top that!”

“It’s going to be a big deal…me and Ryan [Ottley] are ending on a high note.”

He then showed the cover to Invincible #143, in which Mark finds out about “the kid he didn’t know about…it might be a little depressing.”

Kirkman then teased the cover to the 48-page Invincible #144, half-drawn by Ottley and half-drawn by Invincible co-creator Cory Walker. “When you guys read the end of Invincible you’ll go…holy crap there’s 117,000 different stories in this thing?!…It’s been a lot of fun.”

3. New comic series announced

This new series, Oblivion Song, will be published by Image Comics under Kirkman’s own company Skybound. He will be working alongside artist Lorenzo De Felici. Unlike the Walking Dead, this new story is not about our world overrun wcreator-owned Instead, this time the monsters are somewhere else and thousands of people are trapped there with them.

This is the official synopsis for the series:

A decade ago 300,000 citizens of Philadelphia were suddenly lost in Oblivion. The government made every attempt to recover them but after many years they gave up. Nathan Cole… won’t. He makes daily trips, risking his life to try and rescue those lost, alone and afraid, living in the apocalyptic hellscape of Oblivion. But maybe… Nathan is looking for something else? Why can’t he resist the siren call of the Oblivion Song?

There was also a trailer that was shown to the audience after he announced it.

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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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​Snake mountain sent to factory for pricing

By Robert “Rob Base” Greenwood

Yesterday, I teased that a “certain villain playset”  was discussed by Brain Flynn of Super 7.

I want to elaborate on this, while talking with Brain he stated that he sent Snake mountain to the factory to be priced. Essentially, what will this product cost to be actually  made. 
~Let me repeat~

This shouldn’t be taken as a confirmation or “IT” will be made. It’s more on  the lines of what will it take to make this a reality.  

Super 7 are fans and creators who do what they set their collective minds to accomplish. as a fan of what they (Super 7) have done in the past and what they have shown at NYCC. The MOTU property is in great hands.

We hope to get a actual number of questions answered soon so please stick with us and enjoy the ride.
Good journey
Rob Base

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ComiXology Announces Comic Book All Stars Collectible Trading Cards: Series 2

ComiXology Announces Comic Book All Stars Collectible Trading Cards: Series 2

 

Creator Cards Including Alison Bechdel, Neil Gaiman, Grant Morrison, Gail Simone and

Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, & Nate Powell of the March Trilogy

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Comic Book “Rookie” All Star Cards for Debut Comic Book Writers

 Margaret Atwood and Chuck Palahniuk

 

September 29, 2016 – New York, NY – ComiXology, Amazon’s premier digital comic shopping and reading platform, revealed today its 2016 New York Comic Con exclusive promotional give-away: Series 2 of the “Comic Book All Stars” collectible trading cards. With over 30 creators featured, the collectible cards spotlight a photo or self-portrait by fan-favorite comic book creators like Alison Bechdel (Fun Home), Neil Gaiman (Sandman), Joe Hill (Locke & Key), and Gail Simone (Birds of Prey). Series 2 features the first graphic-novel-specific card, with a tribute to the bestselling March Trilogy written by Congressman John Lewis and Andrew Aydin with art by Nate Powell.

 

Series 2 also introduces the first ever All Star “Rookie” Cards featuring two creators who recently made their graphic novel debuts: Booker Award-winning novelist Margaret Atwood (Angel Catbird) and #1 New York Timesbestselling author Chuck Palahniuk (Fight Club2). The 31-card complete set includes fun facts about the creators as well as a redemption code on each Comic Book All Star card redeemable for a free title on comixology.com that has been handpicked by the creator.

 

“Sequels need to be bigger and bolder than the original so we’ve upped the ante for New York Comic Con,” said comiXology cofounder and CEO David Steinberger. “Series 2 has more cards, including a card showcasing the all-ages comics creative team of Art Baltazar and Franco and a card spotlighting one of my personal favorite graphic novels of all time,March. Whether the cards are self-portraits, like Jim Cheung’s, or throwback photos like Cliff Chiang’s, they celebrate the unbridled creativity of the writers and artists who create comics.”

 

The Comic Book All Stars Series 2 collectible trading card set features the following cards:

 

Charlie Adlard, artist: The Walking Dead Tyreese Special (Image Comics)

Penelope Bagieu, writer/artist: Josephine (Editions Delcourt)

Alison Bechdel, writer/artist: Fun Home(Houghton Mifflin)

Natacha Bustos, artist: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur (Marvel Comics)

Sophie Campbell, artist: Shadoweyes(Iron Circus)

Cliff Chiang, artist: Paper Girls (Image Comics)

Jim Cheung, artist: Young Avengers(Marvel Comics)

Johnnie Christmas, artist: Angel Catbird(Dark Horse Comics)

Kevin Eastman, writer/artist: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (IDW Publishing)

Neil Gaiman, writer: Sandman (Vertigo Comics)

Agnes Garbowska, artist: My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic (IDW Publishing)

Larry Hama, writer: G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero (IDW Publishing)

Dean Haspiel, writer/artist: Beef With Tomato (Alternative Comics)

Joe Hill, writer: Locke & Key (IDW Publishing)

Jamal Igle, writer/artist: Molly Danger(Action Lab Entertainment)

Phil Jimenez, writer/artist: Superwoman(DC Comics)

Marjorie Liu, writer: Monstress (Image Comics)

Grant Morrison, writer: Happy (Image Comics)

Jimmy Palmiotti, writer: Painkiller Jane(PaperFilms)

Amy Reeder, writer/artist: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur (Marvel Comics)

Gabriel Rodriguez, artist: Locke & Key(IDW Publishing)

Marguerite Sauvage, artist: Faith(Valiant)

Gail Simone, writer: Clean Room (Vertigo Comics)

Charles Soule, writer: Letter 44 (Oni Press)

Louise Simonson, writer: Superman: Man of Steel (DC Comics)

Walt Simonson, writer/artist: Ragnarök(IDW Publishing)

Chip Zdarsky, artist: Sex Criminals(Image Comics)

Art Baltazar and Franco Aureliani,writers/artists: Tiny Titans (DC Comics)

March Vol. 1-3, U.S. Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin & artist Nate Powell (Top Shelf/IDW Publishing)

“All Star” Rookies:

Margaret Atwood, writer: Angel Catbird(Dark Horse Comics)

Chuck Palahniuk, writer: Fight Club 2(Dark Horse Comics)

 

New York Comic Con takes place at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City from October 6th-9th with comiXology exhibiting in Artist Alley #M3-M4. ComiXology will be hosting two panels this year at the show and during every panel a limited supply of trading cards, as well as Kindle Fire HD devices, will be given out to lucky attendees. The “Comic Book All Stars Series 2” collectible trading cards will also be available at designated times during the convention at the comiXology presence in Artist Alley. The company will be announcing creator signings and card drops via social media and its Tumblr closer to the convention.

 

Comic Book All Stars Collectible Trading Cards were made popular with Comic Book All Stars Series 1, a set of 26 cards that were given away in July at Comic-Con International in San Diego, California.

 

WBNYCC Video: ARROW and THE FLASH Trailers

Warner Bros. Television’s Sunday programming block at New York Comic Con 2015 kicked off with a bang, with fans in attendance treated to a couple of high-octane highlight reels featuring edge-of-your-seat footage from the new seasons of The CW’s hit Super Hero series Arrow and The Flash. Check out the trailers that took the Empire Room by storm right here:

ARROW
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THE FLASH
 

The Flash airs Tuesdays at 8/7c and Arrow airs Wednesdays at 8/7c on The CW. #WNBYCC

NYCC 2015: Star wars rebels returns

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By Steven Biscotti

here is no denying that Star Wars is what’s on everyone’s mind at New York Comic Con.  While Episode 7: The Force Awakens does not have a presence at the ReedPop produced event at the Jacob Javits Center, that doesn’t mean that there’s been a disturbance in the force.  Star Wars Rebels held a panel earlier today and we have your first look at not only the New York Comic Con trailer, but also a clip as well!

Take a look below:


Star Wars Rebels returns Wednesday, October 14th at 9:30 PM ET.  Check your local listings.

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Cassie Hack Slashes Her Way to NYCC 2015 as an Exclusive Statue!

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Cassie Hack has faced a lot of terrifying monsters, and now she’s facing the biggest monster of all – New York Comic-Con! The slasher-hunting hottie of Tim Seeley’s hit horror comic book series Hack/Slash is now a 9-inch Femme Fatales vinyl statue from Diamond Select Toys, and NYCC 2015 will see the debut of a new exclusive variant, only available at the Action Figure Xpress booth!

Measuring approximately 9 inches tall, Cassie Hack strides along an axe head, holding her friend Vlad’s mask in one hand, and a spiked baseball bat in the other. This AFX-exclusive variant features a new red color scheme, instead of her regular blue and grey, including red striped gloves, a red plaid skirt, and red argyle socks. Packaged in an individually numbered window box, this red Cassie will be limited to only 1,000 pieces, and it will go on sale for the first time ever at booth 437 at New York Comic-Con.

Also at the AFX booth, NYCC attendees will be able to pick up limited quantities of AFX’s Comic-Con International exclusives from this past summer, including the Femme Fatales Justice League Supergirl statue, the Avengers: Age of Ultron Minimates box set, a Retro-Boxed Alien Minimate, and the Masked Predator bottle opener.

For more information, visit shopafx.com!

LION FORGE UNVEILS BLOCKBUSTER YEAR TWO BOOKS AT NEW YORK COMIC CON

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Madballs™ Relaunch Tops Announcements and Events

New York, NY – Hot off of a debut year with one of the most diverse and fun-focused lineups in the comic book industry, Lion Forge Comics will be celebrating its star-studded 2016 releases with fans at New York Comic Con, here at the Jacob K. Javits Center next week.

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Roar Comics, the young readers imprint of Lion Forge, will unveil artwork from its 2016 Madballs™ comic book series which updates the smash hit American Greetings franchise with modern interpretations from over one dozen superstar artists including Scarecrowoven, Gunsho, and Matt Crabe. The team — joined by Madballs designer Jim Groman — will be on-hand to sign a convention-exclusive oversized art comic and two limited edition screen prints before a launch party Friday night at Brooklyn’s Desert Island Comics.    

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Actor Flex Alexander (Snakes on a Plane, One on One, Flex & Shanice) makes his first appearance at New York Comic Con at two signing events throughout the weekend, with free prints showcasing art from his new graphic novel, Joshua Run. The high-tech hacker thriller launches today as an eBook exclusive on all digital comics platforms.

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Lion Forge also has a special event in store for wrestling fans — an encore performance of its standing-room-only retrospective on Andre the Giant at this summer’s Comic-Con International in San Diego. The WWE Hall of Famer’s daughter Robin Christensen-Roussimoff will field questions about her father’s legacy along with comics editor and journalist Heidi MacDonald, cartoonist Jarrett Williams, writer Mike Kingston, and Shannon Eric Denton, editor of next month’s graphic novel biography, Andre the Giant: Closer to Heaven.

“Our first year was even bigger and better than I imagined it would be,” said Lion Forge CEO David Steward II. “It’s important that we give back to our fans and build on the huge response to our first books like Knight Rider, Miami Vice, and Saved By the Bell with an even more robust slate in 2016. New York Comic Con is going to kick things off perfectly.”

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PANELS & EVENTS

Andre the Giant: The Man Behind the Legend — Thursday, October 8, 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m. — Room 1A24

The beloved pro wrestler’s daughter Robin Christensen Roussimoff joins Shannon Eric Denton, editor of Lion Forge’s authorized graphic novel biography, to discuss the real man we all know as the Eighth Wonder of the World. With special guests Jarrett Williams (SuperPro K.O.) and Michael Kingston (Headlocked). Join us for fond reminiscences of one of sports entertainment’s most legendary figures! Hosted by Heidi Macdonald (ComicsBeat)

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Madballs Comics Launch Party — Friday, October 9, 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. — Desert Island Comics, 540 Metropolitan Ave., Brooklyn

Join the superstar artists of next year’s brand new Madballs comics series (and this year’s Madballs convention-exclusive art book!) for a rousing good time at Brooklyn’s own Desert Island Comics. Featuring Jimmy Giegerich, Matt Crabe, Sean Dove, Sacrecrowoven, Gunsho, Jenny Zych, Chuck Forsman, Ulises Farinas, Lale Westvind, and Jim Groman!

SIGNINGS

Signings and free sketch sessions for fans will be held throughout the weekend at Lion Forge Booth #1659. Below times are subject to change and more events to be announced — stop by the booth for up-to-the-minute news!

Thursday

11:00 a.m – 12:00 p.m. — JOSHUA RUN Signing —  Flex Alexander

1:30 – 3:00 p.m. — ANDRE THE GIANT Signing —  Robin Christensen Roussimoff and Shannon Eric Denton

Friday

1:00 – 3:00 p.m. — MADBALLS Signing —  Jimmy Giegerich, Matt Crabe, Sean Dove, Sacrecrowoven, Gunsho, Jenny Zych, Chuck Forsman, Ulises Farinas, Lale Westvind, and Jim Groman

3:30 – 4:30 p.m. — JOSHUA RUN Signing —  Flex Alexander

Sunday

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. — SAVED BY THE BELL Signing — Joelle Sellner

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. — PUNKY BREWSTER Signing — Joelle Sellner

EXCLUSIVES AND GIVEAWAYS

Additional posters, ashcans, and giveaways will be distributed throughout the weekend at Lion Forge Booth #1659. Featured items below are extremely limited and subject to availability.

MADBALLS OOZING ART WAD

— Limited Print Run of 800

— Two collectible dust jackets

— $25

— 44 Pages

The Madballs invasion has begun! We found eight of the most reprehensible artists in the world to share their visions of an Earth overrun with these pus-filled, drool-spewing monstrosities, and the results are enGROSSingly disturbing! Flippable and reversible dust jackets envelop this oversized comic, with disgusting stories from Scarecrowoven, Dan Zettwoch, Gunsho, Jimmy Giegerich, Jenny Zych, Sean Dove, Matt Crabe, and Jesse Balmer. The Madballs Oozing Art Wad collects all eight backup stories and variant covers from the upcoming 2016 mini-series, adding artwork you’ll find in this edition ONLY, from James Groman (one of the original Madballs designers), Ulises Farinas (Judge Dredd: Mega City Two), Derek Ballard (Adventure Time), and up-and-coming alt-comix star Lale Westvind.

MADBALLS LIMITED EDITION SCREEN PRINTS

— Two different prints by Scarecrowoven and Gunsho

— Limited print run of 75 each

— $50

MADBALLS TEMPORARY TATTOOS

— Two different tattoos by Matt Crabe and Sean Dove

— Limited print run of 500 each

— Free!

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AIRWOLF DOG TAGS

— Replica “Stringfellow Hawke” dog tag

— Limited print run of 500

— Free!

About Lion Forge Comics

Lion Forge is a St. Louis-based transmedia studio with a focus on digital publishing. With both original and licensed titles, Lion Forge brings together the brightest talent to acquire and develop content and character franchises within the comic book, television, film, and interactive gaming industries. Lion Forge applies cinematic elements to each property to create compelling, story-driven experiences from start to finish, bringing unique entertainment experiences to both traditional and digital marketplaces. For more information, please visit lionforge.com or the Lion Forge Facebook and Twitter pages.

About AG Properties

AG Properties (AGP) is the intellectual property and outbound licensing division of American Greetings Corporation.  Built upon the successful re-launch of Care Bears™, AGP develops multi-platform campaigns for its properties through digital media, entertainment, marketing and merchandising.  In addition to Care Bears, AGP’s active classic brands include Holly Hobbie™ and Madballs™, as well as new properties Boofle™, Packages from Planet X™ and Twisted Whiskers™.  Children can experience AGP online at www.agkidzone.com. For more information on AGP, visit www.agpbrands.com.