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Autor: KaM©

~ 08/10/17

The biggest Halloween extravaganza you ever want to attend in your life!
Never mind the thousands of comic book action adventure super hero & villian fans that you have to navigate your way through, this convention now extends itself way beyond the glass cube of the Jacob Javitz exposition center.

The protocol for obtaining an access pass is quite extensive for a good number of reasons and I have no problems with the rules! It’s well worth it.

Now the adventure began with locating where the vendors were located that I wanted to check out as to save some wear and tear on my body. This I thought would be easier than what really happened.

But I was pleasantly surprised while walking through to see the Chicago based artist Hebru Brantley towering over most of the crowd looking at some displays.

Then it was time to find a very important artist that I met during the old Pop Shop Days named Andre Charles who I haven’t seen since I bumped into him in New York some time in the early nineteenth nineties.

New York ComicCon 2017 Artists Hebru Brantley and Karey Maurice.l

New York Comic Con 2017 Artists A. Charles and Karey Maurice

Autor: KaM©

~ 18/10/12

Grand Master 'VooDude' 8" Dunny

New York Comic Con 2012

New York Comic Con 2012

Princess & Mario at NYCC 2012

New York Comic Con 2012

Last weekend the New York Comic Convention was in full effect and I think this event personally trumps halloween by 1000x if you could Imagine that;there were at least one million people who attended this costumed (though optional) extravaganza for the comic book geek,to the action hero worshiper and the designer toy collector. But if I stopped there at that description of the people who attend this annual fun fantasy festival I would be not doing very well in trying to give you a visual of the attendees.

I could write at least two blog pages about my experience but I will try to just give the highlights that I feel worth talking about. When me and my friend Joe Carol entered the Javitz Center we were overwhelmed by the crowd that seemed just to be wandering around without any particular direction they wanted to go in or know where what they were really there for was located,totally unprepared just like we were. I knew that I wanted to go to the section where the custom designer toys were and Joe wanted to see if he could get an exclusive on some comic books.

We came across the first vendors who were promoting new releases Tenacious Toys,Toy Tokyo,Kidrobot,Art Whino,MyPlasticHeart and one new comer a company called Dudebox that I was aware of but didn’t have them on my list to check out.

The Art Whino section of the Con was the most exciting because they came equipped with a Dj booth and a dancing Spider Man that got the crowd going every time a popular track was being played and although I didn’t witness it personally I saw a video of a line dance with your friendly neighborhood Spider Man leading the way.

Although I was not able to capture the custom toy that I wanted for my collection I made out even better because I now have a DIY that was given to me to customize by one of the companies that I mentioned earlier and I couldn’t be any happier to have this opportunity to work with one of these companies in the future.

To sum up the experience of the Con this year I would say it was overwhelming to me because of all the people that you have to navigate through but that is just par for the course when you want to go to one of these massive trade shows.All you can do is grin and bear it and have a specific exhibit of lecture you want to attend and work your way around those schedules to see the rest of the convention after your done with those special interest your into.

Autor: KaM©

~ 13/11/11

Sunday access pass for NY ComicCon 2011.

Well this is an event that have wanted to attend for quite some time, ever since I discovered the world of custom designer toys and, how it relates to one of my long time secret passion of Japanese animation.
The journey to New York is always a challenge but I thought it would be worth the try to go in hope that at worst,being inspired! And at best be totally turned on buy the massive geek squad convention that is more like Halloween ramped up to epic proportions.
I decided to go on Sunday as the access pass indicates because of some previous affair in Philadelphia on Saturday evening which also had its share of performances that were almost just as entertaining as watching all the serious fans of ComicCon dressed up as their favorite character on television striking a pose with precision when asked to be photographed.

I found myself really biting off more that I could chew because I was doing something that my body really wasn’t prepared for by traveling from state to state and so as a result, I arrived the last hour of the last day of the conference with far too much to experience in just one hour.
I was so visually stimulated that I couldn’t even take any pictures myself because I couldn’t focus on one particular thing long enough to make a decision. Also my personal demons were beginning to appear so that compounded the situation and I became paranoid of the thought that somebody might just figure out what I was really thinking about all this eye candy before me.
All I could do was find the section called the “Cultyard” where there were people that I was familiar with, either through my visiting their store for purchases or, running into them at various openings and events. I brought a print from Lou Pimentel when I realized that he had signed one of the prints upside down and offered to resign it personally in watercolor for me. If anyone wants my real opinion about the conference, all I can say is make sure you plan on staying in New York for a day or two to take in all that the ComicCon has to offer because one day just isn’t enough time. And, forget about buying the new releases at the exhibition because they are practically sold out the day after preview on Wednesday or Thursday when the show officially opens.