- No special privileges for pro badges on Saturday, so it was to the back of the line for us. And oddly enough, the back of the line when we got there was at the exact door we sailed through the day before. Very long line, but it moved relatively quickly once the door opened, and we were standing near some fun people to talk to, so that was cool. And we got to make all sorts of jokes about the burned out taxi sitting across the street. Also, we got to watch all these people whine about how they shouldn't have to stand in line since they already had their ticket, and then see the crestfallen look on their faces once they heard that so did everyone else. I chortle merrily at the suffering of others, because I am a bad person.
- Seeing the crowds already inside by the time we finally got in, we were quickly glad we decided to do most of the shopping on the show floor on Friday, and made our way over to the DC Minx panel, since Cecil Castellucci was so cool the night before and we wanted to listen to her talk about her book, The Plain Janes. She and artist Jim Rugg made the book sound excellent, and Minx editor Shelley Bond really sold me on the potential of the line as a whole (the creators alone lead me to expect good things). As an added bonus, they gave away advance promo copies of The Plain Janes, which we were able to get signed later at the DC booth (PS - buy the book! It's great! I'm sure I'll type about it in the not too distant future, but for now, just trust me on this one).
- Speaking of that signing, on the way over, some guys from GameTrailers.com asked if they could interview me about superhero video games for reasons I've yet to figure out. Musta been my Hawaiian shirt. It's the sort of garment that screams "this guy plays way too many video games for someone his age," even though I hardly play at all. I explained this to them, but they still wanted to talk to me, so I did. If they use any of my footage, it'll show up on the website, and possibly MTV2. So if you see a guy in a red and white Hawaiian shirt who looks like the grown-up version of Sherman from the Mr. Peabody cartoons, that'll be me. I'm sure I'll end up looking or sounding dumb. Probably both.
- I got to be a contestant in the first game of the Comic Geek Speak trivia panel, and did pretty well, making it to the semi-finals. I went out on a question about the other two guys who traveled back in time with Bishop, though I would've gone to the finals if I had gotten the other guy's question (the adult Franklin Richards's codename in the MC2 universe was PsiLord). Probably for the best, since the final question involved naming all 6 cast members of DC's Young Heroes in Love, and I definitely would've lost.
- Hung out some more in the Artist Alley/Podcast Arena area, and got a few more sketches: Mary Marvel by Andrew Charipar and Kitty Pryde & Lockheed by Jeff Chandler. Really excellent work from both guys.
- We were going to go to the Kevin Smith panel, but a staffer offered us tickets to the MySpace Mystery Artists Panel, so we figured we'd check it out. The guests ended up being Garth Ennis, Jim Lee, and Steve Niles, and though I'm not a big fan of any of them, they were still pretty interesting. Lee was the real highlight, pulling out a FedEx envelope containing the finished pages for All Star Batman & Robin #5 and letting an audience member open it up and look at them ("They're not lettered yet, but most of the dialogue is just 'I'm the god damn Batman' and 'I'm the god damn Batman.'"). He also joked that WildStorm's next big project was called 365 ("One issue every 365 days.") and that he'd love to draw the Legion of Super-Heroes ("With all those characters, I can be REALLY late!").
- Jeff ate an $8.00 sandwich. He was mocked accordingly. I just feel the need to point this out. Also, on the way back from the $8.00 sandwich (which cost $8.00), we saw some dude in an entirely too accurate Aqualad costume, the Biker Scout with the lunch tray I posted the pic of the other day, and Kevin Smith walking through the halls flanked by a security detail of Star Wars folk (stormtroopers, a Jedi or two, and one of the Fetts, though I don't remember which one). Only a comic con, folks!
- The crowds thinned out a lot on the main floor after 4 or 5, so while Dan went to get some sketches, Jeff and I scoured the dealer area trying to find something for our respective toddlers. Pretty slim pickings if you were looking for anything for little kids, I must say. We both ended up getting a Star Wars-related beginning readers book called What is a Wookiee? from the DK Books booth, because A.) it was honestly the most appropriate thing we could find that wasn't Pokemon-related, and B.) we both realize that you can never start the indoctrination process too young. I'd also like to add that when I read this book to Liam the other day, I actually skipped over the Jar Jar page, because I love my son that much.
- On the way out, we met Andrew Pepoy at his Artist Alley table and had a long conversation about Bob Oksner, Dan DeCarlo, Roy Crane, and generally about how comics really need to be more fun again. His book, The Adventures of Simone and Ajax, is set to return soon, he said, and it looks great.
- We capped off Saturday night (and our trip as a whole) with a huge dinner at The Renaissance on Ninth and 52nd, where we ate and talked with various podcasters (Comic Geek Speak, Indie Spinner Rack, Comics News Insider, and others) and regulars from their respective forums. It was great to sit down and finally talk in person with so many people I've chatted with online for the past year or two. Excellent time, excellent talk, and really excellent food.
Final thoughts? I don't know how anyone else feels, but I think the New York Comic Con was both fun and successful. They could still learn a little about crowd control, but it didn't seem nearly as bad as everyone said it was last year in this regard, so that's a huge step in the right direction. And honestly, there were very few problems I saw that weren't fixed as quickly and easily as possible, and that's pretty amazing. It was all kind of weird, though - the con was smaller than I was expecting, but bigger than I was actually prepared for, if that makes any sense. I think I'd like to go again, but I don't know if I'd go for multiple days unless it was in some sort of professional capacity, or else if I had my family with me (which I sincerely do not see happening). And as I said earlier, based on how tired I was after this, I'm pretty sure San Diego would kill me, which isn't a realization that disappoints me as much as it may have in years past.
But all in all, I think it was fun. Let's do this again sometime, okay?