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New York Comic Con / Anime Festival 2010 Review
Friday, October 8th - Sunday, October 10th, 2010
Friday October 8th: Day 1
We interviewed first time Comic Con attendee, Eddie Rodriguez, from NY on what his thoughts was for the event, and this is what he said: "This was my very first comic con and what I enjoyed most were the opportunities to take some cool pictures such as the ones with Chun Li and X-girl . Although I didn't take advantage of it, you could demo games that are not coming out until spring such as Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 and buy some cool products like Mega man action figures. Cons for me included the line to get your pass (took about 40 minutes for me) and to get the best experience required a lot of time and patience as the crowd was large and there were so many exhibits."
Saturday October 9th: Day 2
Day 2 was insanely packed! NY Comic Con even had to stop selling tickets. The line was literally out the door at one point. The cosplayers came out in full force today. Costume characters ranged from old school favorites "Dragon Ball Z" and "Spiderman" to the popular "Deadpool" and "Bleach", and even a gigantic Mech from the Avatar movie! The major movie panels was scheduled for today. First off was the Hanna movie starring Saoirse Ronan and Eric Bana, along with the director Joe Wright. They showed clips from the Hanna movie as well as answered questions from fans. Next movie panel featured the movie, The Thing starring Adewale and Eric Christian. The exhibit hall today was jam packed. A lot of attendees didn't even bother checking out the merchant area due to the huge crowd. We stopped by the Archie comics booth which had signings all day. Paul Castialia, the writer for Archie Comics, brought his own stack of comics from home and was signing and giving them out to fans for free! That was a real nice gesture compare to a few artists who made people purchase something at the booth before signing it. At around 5pm we headed to cover the "V" TV series panel with guest Morena Baccarin, Laura Vandervoort, and Jane Dadler. The 3 beautiful ladies seem like they enjoyed and had fun at the panel. After that it was the final two main events for the night, Minori Chihara concert and the Cosplay Masquerade Costume Contest. A costume showcase that is part fashion show and part talent show. Glowsticks was given to everyone to went to Minori Chihara's hour long concert and it wasn't long before everyone was waving it in unison. Immediately right after the concert was the Cosplay Masquerade Costume Contest. A fan favorite event that consisted of the top costumes from the NY Comic Con / Anime Festival. By the time it ended it was almost 11pm!
Sunday October 10th: Day 3
The final day of the NY Comic Con / Anime Festival 2010. It was children's day so a lot of cute little kids came dressed as their favorite superhero. It was like an early Halloween. We showed up early for a book signing which was canceled at the last minute. We then made our way to cover the Nikita panel which stars Maggie Q. It was a pretty entertaining panel that showed us a few clips from the new TV series Nikita. Maggie Q also talked about her life and other juicy things. Be sure to check out our pictures and videos on the Nikita panel. Right after the Nikita panel was the Vampire Diaries panel. Sadly the three main stars of the TV show did not show up for the panel. The Vampire Diaries showed us scenes from their upcoming episodes along with Q&A from their fans. The merchant area was less crowded today, so we decided it would be the best time to really check it out. Since it was the last day, a good number of the merchants had discounts on their products, so we couldn't help but to make a few purchases ourselves. By 5pm everyone was tired from the long but fun filled weekend and is clearing out of the Javits Center. Everyone left happy and was looking forward to the next NY Comic Con / Anime Festival!
The New York Comic Con / Anime Festival 2010 was a blast to cover, and was fun for everyone! There was a few negatives for having both the comic con and the anime festival merged into one. Most felt that the anime festival was overshadowed by the comic con. The event was sometimes way too overcrowded with a reported 90,000+ attendees. There were times where there was a few good panels and signing going on at the same time. The signing lines got so long that it had to be cut off. The panels in the smaller rooms were hard to find, even some of the staff / volunteer didn't exactly know where the panels were either. Asides from those negatives, it was offset by the numerous positives at the event. Most of the attendees are friendly and is more than willing to chat with you. We met a lot of cool people and enjoyed all the guest panels and events that took place. It's a great experience for people who are new to comics and anime alike. There was something for everyone. Most attendee would agree that it was worth every penny. We would recommend that everyone get a 3 day pass, as you would need all 3 days to experience everything. We are definitely looking forward to next year's New York Comic Con / Anime Festival 2011. The NY CC / AF 2011 will actually be held at the same place, Jacob K. Javits Center, on October 14 - 16, 2011. Two huge events in one again. So be sure to mark it on your calendar and we'll hopefully see you there!
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