Day one of the 2015 edition of New York Comic Con is in the books, and things got off to a great start.
Thursdays at NYCC are usually a little less crowded than the rest of the weekend, but that didn't seem to be the case today--the Javits was packed. From the second the doors opened at 10, the crowds were huge. I can't even imagine how crowded Saturday will be.
Continuing the trend from last year, NYCC is no longer ruled by DC and Marvel, and the smaller publishers are continuing to establish a strong presence here. BOOM, Dark Horse, Oni, Archie, Valiant, Image--they are the heavy hitters at NYCC when it comes to comics now, and I think it actually benefits the show overall. The diversity of comics we're seeing at this show is at an all-time high, and I feel like there's less of a division between the mainstream publishers and the indie community. Because the publishers' books are diverse, the audience expects to see that now, which means they are more likely to give indie books a chance as well.
The biggest change I see so far this year id the increased presence of television properties. Whle SDCC seems to be ruled by the movie scene, NYCC appears to have gone the television routs. ABC Family has a huge booth right in the middle of the show floor, and shows like Stitchers and Pretty Little Liars are bringing huge crowds of fans to the show.
There's definitely something for everyone here at NYCC, and over the next few days, we'll be digging into all of it. Stay tuned!