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The Winners and Losers of New York Comic Con 2018 — The Beat



New York Comic Con 2018 has been and gone and whereas mentally you could have moved on, there’s nonetheless a couple of minutes to offer the Winners and Losers of Con as chosen by the Elite Beat Employees for NYCC.

WINNER: New York Comic Con

Sure, it was crowded, sure, there was no place to go to the toilet, sure, the logistics have been typically exasperating, however as multiple individual informed us individually, there was nonetheless a lot pleasure on the present; individuals dressing up and seeing their idols, whether or not in comics or from TV. Excess of the collector-minded crowd at SDCC, New York’s followers are simply that – followers, younger and passionate. Regardless of all of the commercialism, there was real happiness and self-expression of the perfect type.

LOSER: New York Comic Con

Okay, however the loos. Have been ladies not allowed out in public within the 70s so there weren’t sufficient stalls? The strains on the woman-dominated BEA are additionally lengthy, however not 40 minutes. You didn’t benefit from the go.

Additionally, so many little logistical issues concerning the present are annoying, from the outdated Speaker’s Guide that claims to convey a VGA converter (an extended outmoded know-how even on the creaky Javits the place it’s now HDMI all the best way) to the shortage of names on badges (regardless that they’re now pre activated with ALL YOUR PERSONAL INFO on them.) And all of the branding and activating and knowledge mining. These younger followers are ripe to be marketed to and that’s typically gross.

WINNER: The Harvey Awards

Sorta. The precise occasion was a few strong B with nice presenters (though one forgot to announce the nominees of their class, oops) and one other who couldn’t pronounce Jeff Lemire’s identify. There was additionally zero promotion for the occasion, and many different behind the scenes snafus. Nonetheless, a 45 minute lengthy awards ceremony is a factor to be treasured on this day and age. However not sufficient meals for an Eight:30 begin time!

LOSER: Anime Fest @ NYCC x Anime Expo

The exhausting to recollect identify ought to inform you this can be a hybrid money seize. I’m in a troublesome spot right here since I’m buddies with ReedPOP and Leftfield’s Greg Topalian and Peter Tatara, who throw subsequent month’s Anime NYC occasion. Topalian and Tatara used to work for ReedPOP and that is clearly a con conflict. AF@NYCCxAX was introduced a couple of months in the past to fill the Anime/Manga void that Anime NYC had begun filling. This can be a fairly widespread Reed Exhibitions maneuver: they ditch an occasion when it isn’t worthwhile (on this case the previous New York Anime Pageant which ReedPOP used to placed on) and when somebody jumps in to placed on their very own occasion within the deserted area Reed out of the blue will get all territorial.

On this case, the present was very problematic. ReedPOP introduced 18,000 ticket gross sales, which for those who divide by 4 is 4500 a day. There was additionally the matter of the introduced sellout on Saturday.

🚨🚨 #AFNYCC followers! Saturday is now SOLD OUT. We won’t be promoting badge on the door.
BUT! You possibly can nonetheless get Sunday badges on-line or at Pier 94 at

— Anime Fest @ NYCC (@AnimeFestNYCC) October 6, 2018


I used to be there at peak occasions Saturday and it was no method crowded. It’s good that they allowed a extra open and inviting present flooring however it nonetheless appears bizarre that each one these sellouts have been introduced.

That is the dashcon degree we’re at people

— massive inexperienced fucker (@FRAXlNUS) October 5, 2018

That stated, Anime Information Community has one other principle:

The occasion’s inexpensive Anime Fest badges allowed entry to New York Comic-Con programming along with what was out there on the Pier 94 location, resulting in some hypothesis that attendees have been snatching them as much as see issues just like the Dreamworks Voltron: Legendary Defender panel, the Dragon Ball Tremendous: Broly movie panel, or the RWBY and gen:LOCK Mega Panel within the Hulu Theater. Single day tickets for Anime Fest have been priced at US$20-25 in comparison with a NYCC ticket for US$50-55. NYCC tickets and Anime Fest tickets have been bought individually.

This is sensible. Pier 92/94’s max capability is 7000 individuals– given the large, drafty, dystopian format, I’d have a tough time saying that 7000 individuals have been there once I attended. However I’ll let the very vocal anime group work this one out. I’ll say that at Sunday’s speak again, complaints about AF@NYCCxAX have been very loud and vivid. (HM)

WINNER: Humanoids

Individuals is probably not clamoring for a brand new line of superhero comics, however the variety targeted roll out with a lineup of each recent and veteran creators acquired simply the proper of buzz going.

LOSER: DC Comics

Bat penis.


WINNER: Events

Perhaps it’s simply New Yorker’s basic affinity for social gathering hopping by way of cab, Lyft or on foot, and consuming, consuming and consuming,  however the celebration scene at NYCC  appears extra congenial than the SDCC model. In San Diego, the celebration scene is nearly completely unique Hollywood fetes, and crashing them is greatest left to execs and Instagram influencers. Comics people are left to hang around in numerous lodge bars – it’s enjoyable however crowded and typically loud.

The NYCC events have been crowded, however they have been typically simply who you needed to see, and they’re beginning to give SDCC a run for its cash so far as rooftops go. The Harveys, Lion Forge, Aftershock, Webtoon, Skybound and the CBLDF all threw nice bashes and there have been a number of personal ones as nicely. Marvel’s conventional celebration has gotten extra unique, nevertheless it’s nonetheless a spot to see European buddies. I undoubtedly caught up with extra pals in New York than I did in San Diego, and the gatherings had that “anyone could be here” vibe that marks an excellent social scene. (HM)

WINNER: Cosplay Headquarters

Cosplayers had a devoted area for wardrobe change and panels. Not everybody knew about it from the get-go and rather a lot of individuals nonetheless took to loos to vary, however the concept was definitely appreciated. Higher communication, with indicators, subsequent time.

LOSER: Safety

Extraordinarily cool to be advised by a badge scanner at NYCC that I’ve “a nice chest, nice arms, and nice face” whereas he grabbed my arm and stared down my shirt. Fuck proper off.

— The Mothmeg (@rustypolished) October 6, 2018

Loser: The actually impolite safety employees. One of the exhibition flooring safety bosses was actually nasty to me once I politely requested if I might go to the sales space of a comic book writer to get a telephone charger I’d left there simply after the ground had closed. He questioned if I used to be truly press twice whereas I used to be holding out my press badge, then requested repeatedly who my contacts have been on the sales space and insisted on escorting me. He advised me my press badge was “no better than a regular con badge” and once I stated “ok” he replied: “don’t give me attitude I’m doing you a favor.”


WINNER: Shirtless Kevin Conroy

After moderator Gary Miereanu gifted him a Batman shirt together with his identify on it that prompted Conroy to place in on within the center of the Batman: TAS Blu-Ray panel.

WINNER: Wakanda Endlessly!

Black Panther nonetheless as well-liked as ever and cosplay presence could also be stronger than SDCC. Assume I noticed extra Killmongers than Black Panthers. My pal remarked that Killmonger is the brand new Deadpool cosplay. Shuri additionally reached mainstream just like similar degree as Kamala Khan/Ms. Marvel and Squirrel Woman.

WINNER: A Considerably Cozier Artist Alley

The change of location for Artist Alley made attending to your favourite creators a extra nice expertise. Final yr made you are feeling such as you needed to plan an expedition, with rations to spare for security, to get there. A cleaner and simpler route made for a greater expertise.

LOSER: Strains blocking different cubicles

On multiple event, strains of individuals making an attempt to get autographs in Artist Alley or footage with friends on the present flooring blocked entry to cubicles that paid identical to everybody else to point out their work. In Artist Alley, the primary drawback was that too many massive names have been bunched up collectively, and strains snaked round different cubicles. Creators have been visibly upset. Perhaps subsequent time attempt to consider strategic placement for sure creators to open up the ground.

LOSER: In The Shadow of Funko

Funko had one other yr of vinyl determine chaos as individuals who have been on the road for his or her pops reported being harassed by different individuals who couldn’t get into the sales space to purchase figures for them. Cash was being flung round and, based on reviews, safety was sorely missing in stopping the expertise from going bitter for badge holders that acquired there truthful and sq..


New York’s Transit System was capable of have one other exit/entrance for the Javits cease, serving to with the gang congestion as individuals don’t should crunch in and take a 60 second escalator experience up from the two degree of Hell.


On in all probability the busiest weekend of the Javits Middle, the MTA decides to do sign work on tracks that may’t be greater than 5 years previous and then have shuttle buses with out clear signage on the place they decide up passengers.

WINNER: The Eight-Foot She-Ra Statue On the Present Flooring

LOSER: The MTA, All the time


– Tremendous 7: This San Francisco-based model make the raddest licensed merch and attire you by no means thought anybody would put collectively, together with the one new She-Ra figures thus far

  • Carla Velocity McNeil & Yanick Paquette: two of one of the best designers and world-builders in comics sculpting the brand new Humanoids H1 universe from the bottom up


  • Staying in New Jersey: it’s the worst, don’t do it. Springsteen has bought us all a pack of lies

WINNER: Hollywood

With the ever extra intense scrutiny over each quip and burp at San Diego, studios have grow to be cautious of releasing materials there. Nevertheless, NYCC has turn out to be a extra hospitable and much less important venue to debut trailers and footage.  Everyone seems to be doing it, writes THR’s Graeme McMillan.

What was on supply at NYCC was a doubling-down — or ramping up, relying in your choice — of that concept, which has two apparent advantages for the studios concerned: It provides buzz for the challenge (assuming the footage is well-received by the audience, no less than), and the mere potential of it occurring once more makes future panels for that film, or merely from that studio, into extra of a vacation spot for followers and media alike. Definitely, Darkish Phoenix and Spider-Verse’s footage have been a lot talked-about on the New York Comic Con flooring afterwards.

There’s a temptation to match NYCC this weekend to this yr’s San Diego Comic-Con, however it’s not a comparability that SDCC would respect. For the previous couple of years, the California occasion has felt missing in phrases of unique footage that really wows audiences — not essentially as a result of there’s little to be seen, though this yr was surprisingly mild on that entrance — but in addition as a result of San Diego Comic-Con is anticipated to be the vacation spot for followers in search of this type of factor, and the truth is, more and more in relation to style materials, virtually sure to disappoint in comparison with unrestrained fan expectation.

It’s value noting that in NYC the relative distance of the 2 major leisure panel venues – Hammerstein and MSG – in comparison with the so-near-yet-so-far Corridor H spectacles, makes NYCC’s panels rather less frantic. Since you’ll be able to’t see the strains whereas wandering across the Javits, there’s much less FOMO. However this might change – see under.

LOSER: Hellboy followers

The sizzle reel proven on the film panel was very properly acquired and up to now unique; this type of you snooze you lose materials might make NYCC’s leisure panels quite a bit hotter sooner or later.


WINNER: The Beat

I gained’t lie, I had a reasonably superior NYCC as a result of I didn’t need to do all of the work as a result of I had a tremendous, superb line up of writers. The workforce not solely included some of the toughest staff I’ve ever had the pleasure to collaborate with, however individuals captivated with comics (at the least three individuals have levels in comics research.) The record of thank yous begins with the good Steve Morris, who, like Erkenbrand on the battle of Helm’s Deep, rode in when issues seemed darkest, and dealt with probably the most content material we’ve ever posted throughout a con with out even batting an eye fixed. Steve has ridden off again into the sundown to run his personal superb publication THE MNT, which I can’t advocate sufficient that you simply subscribe to. Steve is nearly as good an editor/supervisor as he’s author, and having him again for even a couple of days was implausible.

I additionally need to name out the common Beat editorial workforce of Kyle Pinion, Alex Lu and particularly Hannah Lodge for serving to with logistics.  And I’m honored that my podcast colleague Erica Friedman, a acknowledged professional in manga within the US, was capable of contribute many insightful stories.

Our wily veterans Edie Nugent, Torsten Adair, Taimur Dar, George Carmona, Billy Henehan  and Brandon Pascall staked out their beats with guile and perception. Employees artist Meg Fabbri stored it actual together with her superb Overwatch cosplay.


And the brand new Elite Beat Squad members – Aaron Halls, Adam Karenina Sherif, Amanda Steele, Deanna Destito, Kelly Kanayama, Ricardo Serrano Denis, Samantha Puc, Sara L. Jewell and Will Henderson – went above and past with professionalism and on the scene reporting. What a tremendous crew!

The entire staff is one I’m so proud to be working with.

And there’s extra to return!


WINNER: The finish of con season

Okay there are extra cons this yr, and I’ve one tomorrow and two extra native in the future exhibits to go to earlier than the calendar yr is up. However this was my 13th con/commerce present of the yr and I’ve been on the street with most of my comics comrades since January once I went to Angouleme. However the journey season is over, and it was a bit unhappy saying goodbye to my frequent journey companions Deb Aoki and Brigid Alverson and a number of others who stored me firm on this lengthy grueling tour. IT felt prefer it was time to signal one another’s yearbooks. We’ll all be reunited in a number of months at Emerald Metropolis Comic Con, however the scorching range league is nigh and with it infinite hypothesis. NYCC 2018 was a watershed con for lots of causes. The enterprise is shifting, and individuals are both embracing it anxiously or bunkering down in worry. However in a number of years we’ll be wanting again at how issues was.

What is going to the longer term maintain? Nicely, for that you could hold studying.

Be seeing you!


The Elite Beat Employees is a educated squad of ninja masters.


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