To many people of the world, Sunday is the day of rest but there would be no such occurrence for me as this was the third and final day of the 2010 NY Comic Con and Anime Festival. The massive event started this past Friday and it was reported that something close to 80,000 people were in attendance yesterday which was Saturday. I guess that is why it was so tricky to navigate the aisles that day. With this being the final go round I was hopeful that while busy and well attended, that it would not be anywhere near as crushing as it was yesterday. Off we go.
As I wandered the Con on Day Three I caught sight of a video game being played by a number of fans. It allowed you to show off your own dance moves as if you were controlling the now deceased King Of Pop, Michael Jackson. I watched for a couple of minutes and found the graphics interesting and the game is loaded with his tunes. It’s for the Wii system which I do not have in my Metal HQ, but seems to be something many people will enjoy. Long live the King eh?
So here we are again with our extensive coverage of the happenings over at the Jacob Javits Center for the 5th Annual NY Comic Con & Anime Festival. As we had previously mentioned in the posts related to the event, the three day affair was very simply too massive in scope to just present to you in one narrative so we broke it down into a few unique parts. Welcome to chapter four, I thank you for returning and hope you are enjoying this stuff as much as we are. Continue reading PiercingMetal Goes To NY Comic Con & Anime Festival 2010: Day 2 (Part Two)→
Welcome back, we are glad that you decided to join us for the continuation of the tale that we began just the other day. So where were we? Oh yes, we were at the Jacob Javits Center enjoying the 5th Annual NY Comic Con & Anime Festival that was taking place over the course of three days. The event was nothing less than massive in scope and resultant of all the observations found me not only sub-dividing the coverage into day by day but even splitting those up to be sure to get it all out to you in the best fashion. With that being said, let the adventuring continue.
So here we are again with what I am calling “Part Two” of the Day One coverage of NY Comic Con & Anime Festival 2010. My reason for the sub-dividing of it all was based on my seeing so much and wanting to share it all with you. If you have never attended a Comic Con like this you will really thank me for it later. To say that I was “camera happy” would be an understatement but again there was a lot to absorb. Let’s get down to it. Here’s a living dead girl supporting the “It Sucks To Be Dead” title.
Next up is our friend Steve Bunche, Media Ronin and Comics Expert Emeritus. I’ve known Steve a long time and ran into him again after many years on the train to work. He’s tossed some of his views into the fires of PiercingMetal content as well. Right now he was catching a break and watching the Connor/Palmiotti tables in Artists Alley.
Now let’s get back to some of the artists tables. Here is Victor Ochoa and his books “Toxicity” and “Beloved”.
A better view of his stuff on the table.
Next up we ran into Fiona Meng at her table.
She had some really nice drawings on display.
As did Mr. Alex Milne who was showcasing some cool Transformers art.
Here is a shot of “Batmo” and he is friends with the guys in Powerglove, but we will talk about them a little later on.
Now let’s get down to some costumed participants shall we. What better way to get this going than with Captain America – The First Avenger.
This dude was at the Sega booth along with the girls from Street Fighter that we saw earlier, and his costume was outstanding. Sadly, I never saw him with the mask on which was a shame.
Here’s a double dose of Princess Leia and while each were lovely, you know that the fans and everyone around were leaning toward the Slave Leia costume. Thank you again George Lucas for being the man who you are and giving us geeks something to dream upon.
This was a great Robocop and the dude inside did not break character.
I just had to snare another of Captain America because at the time I was unsure of how good or bad my shot of him at that green screen was. This is okay as a movie is coming out next year that will be something we all enjoy.
Here’s someone dressed as a bottle of Vitamin Water. That was different. I wasn’t sure whether this was a commercial or someone’s idea of getting a sponsorship.
Just a little graphic about the Hero Up online game. I am sorry but I don’t know much more about it.
The convention center had these in a number of locations and people could pop their heads through and get a photograph taken. These four allow you to be either The Scarlet Witch, Iron Man, Thanos or Captain America. No, I did not take advantage of these. I was tempted of course.
As I wandered I happened upon a video being show which lined out the cast for the in development “Avengers” movie. It will not be out until 2012 but it will be a movie that pits Captain America, Iron Man, Thor and a few others against The Incredible Hulk. I’m excited but worried at the same time.
This lass did a great Wonder Woman and not too far from her was this next chap done up as Captain Marvel.
A little earlier we saw all of these pods from “Alien” but no monsters. That was until we ran into a group of Predators.
Here’s some visual of a table devoted to the Lady Death comic series. I used to LOVE this character when it was out on Chaos! Comics but I have long ago lost track of the storyline.
Coming up next is the massive table set up by Abrams Comicart. These books looked awesome but as you can see they are BIG. Sell all your smaller ones on Amazon.com so you can get some of these in your collection.
This costume made me laugh aloud because it was so cute and there was another reason which even she didn’t realize.
You see the young lady is dressed as a baby chick but was holding onto an order of chicken nuggets. I asked her if this was a part of the gag and she laughed herself at the weird timing of her lunch and being snapped in full chicken regalia. Amusing.
By the time I ran into the Hi-Chew King, I was starving and would have followed him into battle if it meant getting a couple more of the candies he was carrying around. They reminded me of Starburst chews.
Now hold your horses as I am not insulting this fine young Zombie girl but instead quoting the song from The 69 Eyes. It just seemed appropriate for the setting. She is actually a part of the High School Of The Dead anime series. Here is another shot of her before I got away from her undead clutches.
Next up was the table of Boshi-Basiik which is a company started by Miss Susan Nguyen who we see in the photo. I loved what she had done and was happy to share an image for you all.
Aren’t these hats awesome? Susan created some really great designs so if you like them go buy them.
Now back to the general festivities and our next costumed guest was Miss Harley Quinn. Great job Harleen.
Keeping on the journey’s path I next happened upon four “Gud Girlz”, and that’s pronounced “Good” if you were curious about it. Lovely smiles ladies.
More clothes were to be seen at the booth setup by “RAWRS”. Here we get an inside look at the stuff thanks to their charming salesgirls Stephanie and Ariel.
Here’s Allison Hourcade and her creations with Rock Love Designs. Her stuff is worn by more people than I can line out here but include Emilie Autumn, M. Lazar and many, many more. Great stuff.
Wandering the rows was this herald for the VampireFreaks booth.
Here’s a cool Mother/Daughter Cosplay Team.
Next in view a sharp dressed Gothic Lass. Love the redness of your hair doll.
Here we see some pure as the driven snow Catholic School girls who were helping to pitch a very different product called “Jesus Dressup”.
These were selling pretty well as it was just too strange to resist. The devil himself is a fan and pitchman. There were different kinds and included a Holiday as well as a Star Wars theme. Amazing.
There was a lot of Japanese culture stuff available as we see on this table. Beautiful clothes.
The next few images are devoted to the J-Pop singers and their booths since they were also appearing at Comic Con this year. I’ve listened to J-Rock before but never J-Pop so this would be new for me as well. First up, Miss Yumipuff.
I guess the best way to describe J-Pop is as a more radio friendly kind of stuff than what I usually listen to and its rapidly gaining an audience here in the states thanks to all the Anime shows that use it for theme songs. For these shots I asked Yumipuff to hold her recent and self-titled album.
Just over to Yumipuff’s left of booth was a young lady named Reni Mimura who is another J-Pop singer and one that does what is called a “Japanese Maid Show”. Here we see a candid pose of Reni.
And another shot of her holding her own album “Sakura” which I am told means “cherry blossoms”.
I didn’t get to hear any of her album for an analysis but I think this was being played by the DJ that they also had in the booth with them. It’s definitely younger fan focused. Now it was time to be the Rock Photo Journalist and get the singers in a single shot together.
Here we have a nice shot of the ladies in their small but merchandise stocked booth.
Let’s not forget to snare a shot of them showcasing their new albums. Good media promo at all times.
We had to move on from this section now, but did snare one more shot of Reni with a fan in her costume.
One of the booths had a replica of the 1956 Horror movie “She-Creature”. I never saw this movie, but admit that the rather sizable monster was impressive. On its left is a costume for “Robot Monster” unless I am mistaken.
Here’s someone in a “green screen” bodysuit. This would allow him to be invisible on camera if he is standing in front of a green screen of course.
Next up was the Angry Drunk Graphics booth that had some cool devil plush dolls for sale. I didn’t buy any this year but perhaps at the 2011 Event I shall.
Next up are three lovelies sporting the schwag for “Tekken”. That’s a video game in case you wondered.
Alright my friends that brings me to the end of our second chapter from the exploration. Have you had enough or do you want some more? You do? Well that is a good thing because more is what is coming even if you had said that you had enough LOL. I’ll be back tomorrow with the third chapter from my Day One adventures and if you have not done so already, please head over to the Official PiercingMetal Facebook and give it a like so you can see some of the side photos and notations. Also, and this one is super important to me. Please click on some of these links (and there are a lot of them from this chapter) so support the talented people that were showcased in this chapter. See you tomorrow with more. Ciao for now.
It’s that time of year again when the NY Comic Con & Anime Festival hit NYC and take over the Jacob Javits Center for a few days. This yearly event brings together the mighty hordes of comic book fans and Cosplayers alike gathered en masse to mingle with artists and the companies that provide this entertainment medium, and there are even celebrities in attendance for good measure. The crowd of people is in the tens of thousands and this is the best place to be if you love comic books, video games and want to interact with people who hold similar interests. You might be wondering why this would be given space on a site that is primarily focused on the Heavy Metal music scene but truth be told I’ve been a fan of the comics medium for many, many years but don’t collect them as actively as I used to based on space constraints. I still read them when I can and am amazed about the amount of changes that have taken place in a number of the character histories but that is not what this narrative is about. Instead, this blog posting is about my adventures at the Convention and aimed at showing you what caught our attention as we wandered its massive displays over the course of three days. I figured with the amount of musical artists who had vested interests in the medium that we would find some interesting stuff as we adventured. I’ve broken the journey up into individual days but be aware that even in doing this that the narratives are long. Let’s get this trip underway shall we?
It begins here at the Jacob Javits Center and this would be my first time covering the convention as a member of the press so I wanted to take full advantage of what was going on inside these walls. As I walked toward the Javits Center I was reminded of the classic “Challenge Of The Super Friends” cartoon and hence my photographs quote. It’s best to say this in a deep and powerful voice.