NYCC: "Men, if you are here to get laid, leave. Ladies, if you here to get laid, take your pick."

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This article on the “Speed Dating” sessions at the recent New York Comic Con paint an interesting picture of the social dynamics of Nerd World, especially with the growing participation of women
due to the anime and Vampire influences.

The Once and Future New York Comic Con

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One week past, and most have recovered from the media spectacle that is New York Comic Con. A slight breather is in order as the convention season glides into hibernation, with just King Con III and the Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival remaining here in New York City.

As soon as the Con ended and attendance was announced, comixologists began to ruminate upon what they had witnessed, what went right and wrong, and what to anticipate if the Con keeps growing at an annual rate of 14,400 people a year. What might next year’s show look like?

NYCC 11: Far in the madding crowd

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Was it worth braving the crowds? Are comics the center of attention at NYCC? How good was a $5 hot dog taste? And what does I.M. Pei have to do with it anyway? This is it — the one you’ve been waiting for!

Kibbles 'n' Bits: NYCC 11 Edition

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It’s going to take a while to get the images and sounds — and smells — of New York Comic Con out of our head, and images such as the above — a bevy of gender-swapped Doctor Whos composed of cosplay superstars — will show you why. There were SO many costumed people at the the show this year. The ratio of costumes to lookieloos was incredibly high. So yeah, if it was spectacle you wanted, you got it, including the topless woman with the fake mustache who was hanging outside the Javits on Sunday.

“Yeah, they were talking about her all the way back to Macy’s,” a photographer told me. Since Macy’s is five blocks crosstown from the Javits, this is the equivalent of light speed communication in New York terms.

NYCC drew 105,000

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Although it may have felt like more, as you were sandwiched between an Optimus Prime on one side and a Harley Quinn on the other, with Mister T coming up close behind, this weekend’s New York Comic-Con drew 105,000, show runner Lance Fensterman reports. He also has a recap of some of the main complaints of the show:

NYCC 2011: Days Three and Four

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Penultimate and ultimate con posts! Drink and drive with Transformers Beer Pong! See the new “CARtoons”! Lots of photos, and what I did at Javits this weekend.

NYCC Announcements: Dexter, Marvel and Mystery Writers

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TweetYesterday at his panel, Marvel Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada announced a Dexter comic, in the continuity of Dexter novels.  This comic will be written by Jeff Lindsay, who happens to be the creator of Dexter and author of those novels.  This is interesting on a number of levels. You may have noticed a few […]

NYCC 11: Occupy Nerd Street rolls on

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If there was ever a bullcrap spin on a story, this NY Time pre-NYCC piece which attempted to cast it as the “smaller, quieter” cousin to SDCC is one.

NYCC Announcements: Vertigo Goes Simultaneous Print/Digital Release – Or – Get Used To It

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Over on the Vertigo blog, we find an announcement that Vertigo’s titles are starting to be released simultaneously in both print and digital (“day and date” is an insipid phrase; let’s all stop using it).

NYCC Announcements: The Lost Alan Moore Scripts Resurface

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TweetIn the late ’90s, Alan Moore had a bit of a lull in his career.  It was after his exit from DC and before he started up LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN and AMERICA’S BEST COMICS with WildStorm (almost exactly when DC bought WildStorm).  The person who gave Alan Moore a job was Rob Liefeld, over […]

NYCC Announcements: Yen Press Adapts NYT YA Bestsellers

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TweetYen Press has announced two manga style adaptations of bestselling YA novels: Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Chronicles of Nick and Cassandra Clare’s The Infernal Devices trilogy.  HyeKyung Baek is attached to The Infernal Devices as artist.  Both series will initially be serialized online at Yen Plus before graduating to a print edition.  Does “online serial followed by print edition” sound […]

NYCC 2011: Day Two Photos

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Various photos taken on the show floor. Click the thumbnails to enlarge.

NYCC Announcements: Sesame Street Comics?

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TweetThis is a little premature, but we might be looking at Sesame Street comics in the not-too-distant future.  APE Entertainment, which does have some history with younger reader titles like Strawberry Shortcake has announced they’re in negotiations with the Sesame Workshop. Least you think this is a strange notion, comics fans of *ahem* a certain […]

NYCC Announcements: Viz Takes Shonen Jump Digital, Syncs Closer to Japanese Original

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TweetThis is interesting.  Viz is migrating Shonen Jump to a digital edition that’s only 2 weeks removed from the Japanese original.  (And you can probably chalk that up to translation time.)  They’re on the library model for this.  Full access annual subscription or $0.99 4-week rental.   The annual access subscription comes out to roughly $0.54/issue. […]

NYCC 11: Here there be con

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Tweet So yeah, another New York Comic Con is unfolding around us in all its tumult. We’ve been caught up in running a panel, and now chilling with our pals at the Joe Palooka booth. Which is right next to Virgil. Some things are eternal. Like Virgil. It’s that kind of show.

NYCC 11: Come see The Beat at the "Comics History of the World Panel"

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Hype alert! I’ll be making my only scheduled public appearance at NYCC at 1:30 today.