My train arrived in Penn Station at 10:30 a.m., and I knew it was going to be big because Penn Station was full of people in costumes. I walked up to the street and there were masses of people, many costumed heading toward the Javitts Center. As I walked I noticed I was alongside Fox News reporter, Peter Doocey who was obviously covering the con.
Fifteen minutes later I arrived at the center and all I can say is it was a sea of humanity. The photos do not adequately depict just how many people were there. After a few calls, I hooked up with Dave Reynolds of American Comics who met me with a pass (Dave is a CBCA Advisor). Thanks, Dave!
The Javitts Center is a huge multilevel convention complex. There was activity on every level. I was going up escalators, going down… the going back up… there were so many people and things going on it was just confusing trying to move about and find something.
I finally found my way to the dealer level and it was simply overwhelming. The comic dealers were a small fraction of the show. Publishers, video games, T-shirts, art supplies, toys, gaming… you name it. Honestly, there were dozens and dozens of booths that I don’t even know what they were. Temporary tattoos I think, anime jewelry, and on and on. Anything you can imagine.
I met up with Pat Beam and he helped me get a Batman 227 submitted for CGC SS. I hadn’t taken the book out of the mylar in a few years and what I thought was a 7.0 is more likely a 6.0.
Later, I took a Batman 251 cgc 9.0 off of Pat’s hands. Look for scan later in this report. I made the rounds chatting with dealers and thanking the CBCA members for their membership and advisors for their assistance.
I also spoke with a company with whom I am hopeful we can work out a great CBCA member discount. Stay tuned for details as they develop…
PROS: Massive selection… much to do and see. Lots of energy and fun in the room. Great array of dealers. Saw a lot of CBCA members and advisors and boardies … finally met some great folks with whom I’ve been interacting with for years. It was easy to get in and out of the center to take a fresh air break when I needed one. The fresh autumn air was desperately needed after a few hours on the sweltering con floor.
CONS: Insanely overcrowded and HOT!! Very difficult to maneuver down the aisles. There were things I wanted to see that I could not find or I simply gave up because the aisle was solid people who were not moving. Mike Cathro mentioned the Atlas re-launch so I looked for their booth hoping to get some books for Mike. No luck. For the life of me, I could not find them. There was no easy access to a floor directory. Honestly, I do not have a lot of patience for wading through a crowd one tiny step at a time… so I just gave up and avoided certain areas.
Costumes were weak for the most part. Some decent ones, but they were far outweighed by the laughable to unsightly. NY has a way to go to catch up with the quality we see in San Diego.
What I learned: I need to plan better for a big con. I had no idea it would be so difficult to navigate around. I felt like I missed a lot because I was not organized and did not know where things were. Plus, you really need more than one day if you truly want to explore and take your time. I was there for 7 hours but felt like I was rushing from booth to booth.
Enough of the words... I’ll let the pics tell the story from here…