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By Hunter Frederick
On October 8th, I was fortunate enough to be able to attend the Saturday of the annual New York Comic Con. I had never been to a “con” before (as they are known) and I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I mean, I did know a little bit; there’d be people dressed up as a characters from a movies or video games, which is referred to as cosplay. I also knew it’d be going down in one of the large convention halls in the Javits Center (the good one in Manhattan, not the one on campus) and that it would be packed wall-to-wall with vendors and booths and larger-than-life artistic creations. I went with some friends from Stony Brook, and together we cosplayed as some of the characters from Steven Universe. The entire experience was somewhat overwhelming, but incredibly enjoyable; I cannot wait to go again next year. I an effort to walk you through it, here is a transcription of what was essentially running through my head as I walked through my first ever comic con.
2:00 p.m. (Arrival) – Oh my god. Ohhh my god, there are so many people here. So many people! Dressed in all different ways and cosplaying all different things. Oh wow, it is packed, like, shoulder to shoulder in here! Ok, step one is to finding my friends. Time to find a fairly empty corner and find out where they are. Oh no, why is this person shouting “STEVEN” at me? Oh that’s right, I’m dressed up as Steven Universe. They are asking me for a picture! My first comic con picture! This is great! Oh…they just want me to take a picture of them and someone else. That’s cool too. I guess.
3:00 p.m. – Alright, I found my friends and we finally made it to the show floor; it’s incredible! There’s so many artists and vendors everywhere trying to sell stuff. And they have things from every fandom and AU I can think of. There’s more things here than I could honestly imagine. Every anime and TV show and everything! OMG a shirt that says “Mike&Dustin&Lucas&Eleven& ”. That’s hilarious! I have to get it…wait…Why is it $25 for one graphic tee? Two for $45? Why are these so expensive?! Well, at least now I can kind of see why people go broke here.
4:30 p.m. (Lunch) – The food is…bad…and overpriced. *sigh* I don’t know what I expected. It is convention after all. And I guess because the badges allow you to leave and come back, you’re somewhat expected to eat outside of the convention center. Or at least, that’s an option. But it’s too late that now. I wonder what they have hear anyway…does that station say “West Side Grill”?!? Oh no. No, no, no, no, no. Not here. Nope. Absolutely nope.
5:15 p.m. – Back on the show floor. Now that I’ve eaten and browsed around, it’s to make some potentially regrettable financial decisions. I know I want to get some dice and maybe even a shirt or two, if I can find a friend to go halfsies on the two-fer deals. I’m so economical. Ooh that scarves looks nice! Hand knit and only $10. It’s lit, I’m buying it. *10 minutes later* Why is this taking so long? There’s only two people in front of me. Is this guy on the phone? Oh, apparently they shut off his card because he was making too many purchases. (Allow me to hop out of the stream of consciousness style for a moment. Yes, this really happened. A fair amount of people had to call their banks to turn their cards back on. The purchase history of your average con-attendee might seem normal to someone who knew they were going to convention, but to a bank, it reeks of fraud. I saw this happen multiple times. To the point where it became kind of hilarious).
6:45 p.m. – Ok, I got what I wanted to get; one set of rainbow Dungeons and Dragons dice and that really cool scarf. Time to check out this Artist’s Alley area that I’ve heard people talking about…Oh cool! It’s a bunch of artist at rows of tables in a room off to the side of the main show hall. And it’s the artists themselves, selling their own prints and singing things and talking with people that enjoy their work. Wow, this is really cool. I recognize a lot of these works of art from the internet. This is awesome!
8:00 p.m. (Day’s End) – Wow, that was an incredible day! I can’t wait to come back next year! It was a little overwhelming I must admit, but cosplaying was fun and I had a good time. The people were super kind and everything was pretty well organized, if a little congested on the show floor itself. I wonder we’re going to do now? I think everyone wants to go out to eat. Oooh, and they want to call an Uber since they’re costumes make it hard to walk. I’ve never been in an Uber before; this is to be fun…wait…. what do you mean an UberXL only fits 6 people and there’s 7 of us? *sigh* Well I’m the only one with a raincoat and normal shoes on, so I guess I’ll just meet them there. Whatever. Next time, Uber. Next time. (I beat the Uber to Penn Station #cityfeet)
So yeah, that’s more or less what ran through my head throughout my first day at New York Comic Con. TO reiterate, I would go again, though maybe still only for one day. Cosplaying was probably my favorite part and the people there were super nice on complimented me on my costume. Things can get a bit expensive and I’d definitely recommend leaving the premises to eat, but if you remain financially aware and don’t YOLO too hard, you should be fine. Definitely would recommend, even to someone that might not necessarily consider themselves a “nerd”. But who wouldn’t? We’re the best.