Another New York Comic-Con has passed and I ‘m here to give you an overview of my experience this year. I’ve been going to NYCC for the past 5 years, and with each year, it’s always a totally different experience. In the past, the moment I buy my ticket, I feel the excitement building. And I start getting ideas on what I’ll be doing on the day of. But in reality, you never end up doing anything you plan (no matter how much you prepare). I read somewhere that Comic-Con is regulated down to a Circus where everyone gets to participate. I’m here to tell you that THAT is an accurate description.
Sure, this is a place where you feel like you fit in. It’s where you can speak a language everyone can understand and express yourself in a way that is only reserved for Halloween or costume parties. But it’ss definitely a circus where you’re invited to be a part of the main attraction. What makes everything unique is you feel like you’re connected. By that I mean you fit in, in ways you can’t imagine. To put it in high school terms, you’re now sitting at the popular table AND you’re invited to be one of the cool kids.
New York Comic-Con
In years past, I ‘ve attended New York Comic-Con with my family and friends. We used to spend most of the time walking around and checking out the Cosplayers. We’d take pictures and go into panels hoping to see celebrities and purchase some of the most amazing artwork available. This year, however, was quite a different experience. I had the pleasure of taking part in the outlet press for ReelAnarchy.com. New York Comic-Con granted us press badges for the 2019 show and I was overjoyed with the opportunity. My family, however, didn’t see the opportunity in the same manner I did. Unfortunately, they couldn’t access certain places only reserved for the press. I’m sure they’ll get over it.
Now, many consider San Diego Comic-Con to be the MECCA of all Comic-Cons. And if that’s the West Coast major Con, then New York Comic-Con is the MECCA for the East Coast. Getting the opportunity to speak to people I’ve grown up watching in Film and Television was amazing. When you approach a celebrity in public, they sometimes greet you with a side-eye. But here? They were happy to speak with you when you approached them to speak on camera. Along with my excitement and adrenaline at an all-time high, so was my nervousness. This was the first time in my life I was doing something like this. Luckily, when I was there, I found it natural to speak with everyone and people were rarely rude about it.
Who I Met
I took the opportunity to speak to some of the most amazing and creative Cosplayers I’ve ever seen. And they were delighted to speak to us as well. Most of the cosplayers were from the New York/New Jersey area like me. But I was shocked to discover people also traveled from China, Europe, South America, and other parts of the world just to celebrate the event. Take, for instance, Lis Wonder. She’s a Wonder Woman cosplayer with an uncanny resemblance to Gal Gadot. I actually fooled some of my family when I told them she was Gal. You can tell Lis takes pride in her craft. She spends time doing humanitarian work by visiting sick children in hospitals and fully embodies the character she admires.
I was able to interview Tom Kenny (voice of Spongebob) but I ran into some major technical issues. Yes, I know. No event goes without some setback and this was one of the many. We will have the interview in an article, along with the video itself, so be on the look at for that. The biggest problem came when I tried to put together a mini-documentary. We had some major sound issue and I didn’t notice until it was too late. I was forced to change the game plan to create a small sizzle reel, which will be out later this week.
I had a first-in-my-lifetime experience. I know my family and friends had a blast as well. Of course, they all had their star-struck moments whenever I tried to interview someone famous (I’m looking at your Margot). Until then, I’m looking forward to attending next year. We’ll be veterans to the experience and have more resources to our disposal for better quality interviews. Every year is bigger and better than the previous one.
This is just my introduction to how New York Comic-Con was for me behind the exclusive curtain that is the Press. I’ll be releasing a few more articles with the guest I spoke to and interviewed. Now that we’ve obtained outlet passes to some of the biggest Comic-Cons in the United States, look for ReelAnarchy.com to be covering more and more of your favorite films and television shows on a more personal level. This is Ben Evertz saying Goodnight New York Comic-Con.