Hard to believe, but it’s been nearly a year since Laneit and I attended New York Comic Con. That five-day weekend was filled with great memories: Me running all over JFK Airport looking for Laneit; the Chinese takeout place that charges more when you dine-in; The Nerdist Podcast featuring Guillermo del Toro, and of course pizza. There are ots and lots of good pizza in Brooklyn.
Sadly, neither Laneit or I could afford a return trip to New York this year. However, we are making tentative plans for next summer’s Boston comic con, but first things first. With the 2013 New York Comic Con a few days away, I thought I’d share some tip for anyone attending this year. Come to think of it, some of these tips work for any major convention, not just NYCC. Hopefully someone benefits from this post, because I learned some of these lessons the hard way, and I don’t want anyone else to make the same mistakes I did. And now, for my tips:
1. Bring Water
The Jacob Javits Center gets crowded, and with such a large crowd, the temperature soars. After about ten minutes, I was sweating like crazy, and the thirst was brutal. I suggest stopping somewhere before the show, and buying a couple of bottles of water. The Javits Center has a Hudson News in the upper level, but I paid $8 for a sprite and a bag of chips. Those $8 could have gone towards more comics.
2. Manage the Weight
I’m not talking about going on a diet or anything, so don’t worry.
I bought a boatload of stuff on the Friday of the show. My backpack was so heavy, the shoulder strap started to rip, and I had trouble balancing. As luck would have it, the Javits Center has a FedEx office next to the Hudson news, so I was able to ship all of my Friday loot. The weight? 47 pounds. If your stuff is really heavy, I suggest shipping some of it home. It’s not cheap, but it saved me a lot of hassle.
3. Feed me More!
The inside of the Javits Center had one little old lady selling cold drinks, and delicious empanadas. Problem is she’s located right smack in the middle of the lobby, and it can be a pain to navigate thru the crowd. The empanadas made for a great snack, but if you want more of a meal, there are plenty of food trucks parked around the convention center. Or you can do what I did, and buy a sandwich at 7-11 to eat later. It’s cheaper, but there’s a catch…
4. I’m still Standing
The Jacob Javits Center has ZERO places to sit. You can’t rest or stop for a bit anywhere! Unless of course, you count the floor which is where I ended up. My favorite place was behind, or around the escalators. For one thing, you’re out-of-the-way, and it’s a pretty peaceful place to sit and read.
But beware: After hours of carrying 47 pounds of comics, then sitting for over an hour, your legs might not work. I found out the hard way, luckily there was a girl dressed as Ms. Marvel who helped me up.
5. Lookee, but no toucheee
Cosplayers are everywhere, and some of the costumes are truly amazing. Most of the cosplayers are more than happy to take a picture with you, so please be nice to them, and watch those hands. I saw too many guys taking advantage of the situation. Oh yeah, if the dude dressed as Tarzan is there again this year? Run the other way.