WOWZA! it is amazing to think yet another New York Comic Con has come and gone! This was a much different show for me this year due to selling books being a part of my con experience this year, but once again... thank you to ReedPop for inviting us to be part of the show and giving the fans an amazing experience.
By all accounts, 2014 attendance broke many con records, but due to the organization, floor layout and incredibly helpful staff, it never seemed anything but complete controlled and free-flowing.
For the second year, NYCC had a badge system where you would tap in and tap out of the con. This process was designed to cut down on counterfeit badges and this year, seemed to be working perfectly! Never were the lines in and out (except at the conclusion of the con) unmanageable and not flowing!
Brian and I thank (with all of our hearts) Vincent and Lisa Ferrante for opening their house and show booth to us. They have always treated us like part of the Monarch Comics family... one big dysfunctional family.
Interviews I did that you will be hearing in the future...
*writer James Robinson - this guy is too cool for school
*artist Ron Randall - one of my all time favorites
*filmmaker and dear friend Eugene Lehnert
*Doctor Who artist and fantastic guy, Simon Fraser
*Tim and James from the comedy series the Supper Club
* writer, actor and humanitarian Alex Simmons
*Dynamite Entertainment's Marketing Manager Keith Davidson
*Cosmos fan and Whovian Cesar Diaz of latinosports.com
I made some purchases--especially from one of my favorite creators, Wayne Vansant who HAD to give me a deal on the seven books i picked up from him. I also was finally able to get my hands on DEVLIN, the Evil Knevil inspired cartoon from the 1970's.
This year we met some new people like artist (and roommate) Hunter McFalls and Monique (from Monarch Comics) who were just a pleasure to spend time with. Can't wait for more...
But for both Brian and I the most important part of New York Comic Con is seeing friends we haven't seen in a long time. Granted, we don't get to spend the time with them that we'd like too, but a few minutes is better than nothing at all.
So again... if you missed this show, you need to make plans to be here next year! This show just keeps getting bigger and better!
(Pic is of me and my pal, DC Super Pets scribe John Sazaklis)