The final day of New York Comic Con is all about families. It's kids' day at the show, and the floor was packed with entire families enjoying the show together. I spent most of the day at the Monarch Comics booth, and got to see and talk to a lot of parents who were coming to the show for the first time so their kids could experience it.
ReedPOP and all of the NYCC crew did a great job of making sure the kids had plenty to see and do. Nickelodeon had a special booth set up, most of the day's panels were family-friendly, and the booth giveaways were aimed at kids. My son is a huge Minecraft fan, and was able to get him a signed copy of the first book in Mark Cheverton's Gameknight999 series, which is set in the world of Minecraft.
The highlight of the day was when Matt and I met a listener named Chris from New Jersey, who has been listening to us for over seven years now. He's a great guy, and indicative of the amazing group of listeners who have formed a community around the podcast over the past 8+ years.
When I did get out of the booth on Sunday, it was to head down to Artist Alley for some interviews. I chatted with artist Megan Levens, co-creator of the great Madame Frankenstein series, as well as our buddy Jason May (Robotic Madness, LEGO comics). I also fought the crowd on the main floor and made it to see Jeff Marsick so I could get the latest on Z-Girl and the 4 Tigers. Matt got some great interviews on Sunday as well, including Alex Simmons (Archie, Kids' Comic Con), James Robinson (Earth-Two, Fantastic Four) and more.
As we helped our pal Vin Ferrante break down the Monarch Comics booth at the end of the show, Matt and I agreed this year's New York Comic Con was another great year for what has become the biggest show in the country. Thanks to the folks at ReedPOP for letting us be a part of the fun once again, and a special thanks to Vin for sharing his space with us. Stay tuned to Secret Identity for the interviews we'll be featuring in the podcast for the next several months!