Fangirls, in one week New York Comic Con will be winding down, but right now I am so wound up I can’t function properly.
Really, though. I’m trying to figure out what I want to do. There is so much going on there. I haven’t been in a couple years, and the last couple times I went with people. This time, it’s just me. I’m staying with friends, and going home with them, but I’m traveling there alone and will probably be doing the convention alone.
I’ve never done that before. So Fangirls, I’m scared and overwhelmed. I have about 130 emails about things to do at NYCC this year, and I’m astounded because that isn’t even close to all of it. So first up, lets talk about what to bring.
1. Your Pass(es)
Please do not forget your pass. Register it online with the info that they give you in the packet and on the actual card. Remembering your travel stuff will also help you out; you don’t want to forget that.
2. Your Wallet
If you’re a Fangirl or Fanboy (and I’m going to assume you are), you’re going to be losing your mind over the art and comics and all the exclusives. If you don’t have some money, you’re going to be in serious trouble. There are so many unique artists with awesome prints and fantastic everything, so don’t ruin your experience by forgetting your money.
3. Water Bottle
I don’t care if it’s empty when you get there, you get your Fangirl booty to a water fountain and you fill that baby up. When you’re at any convention, you’ll be doing lots of walking. If you get dehydrated you’re going to be painfully grumpy, and you’re going to make your time awful.
Really, nerds, you want snacks. If you have granola bars, bring ’em. Something that’ll help you through your day to go with that water. Any sustinence that will be sold at the convention will be painfully expensive. On the other end, if you go to the convention all day and don’t eat, you will pass out and get sick. Please do not do that to yourself. Really. It’s dangerous, especially in such a cramped space. You will be pressed up against strangers and could get trampled if you end up on the floor. You do not want that.
5. Phone Charger
You know, everywhere has outlets. Find one in a space where you can sit and take a little break, and be sure to charge up. I treat my phone like a lot of things all at once; it’s a phone (how I contact anyone I want to meet up with), a watch (so I can make it to my favorite signings and panels on time), Twitter (look for exclusives and meet ups), a camera (I love a good selfie), and sometimes a way to keep a ticket (so much more convenient than paper). so don’t let it run out of juice.
I also suggest bringing your camera and a bag, but that’s the bare minimum. Wear comfortable clothing and good shoes for walking, and make sure you don’t forget deodorant (I really don’t want to smell you, and neither does Adam West). Pick up a program: it’ll let you know which panels and signings are where and when. Don’t forget to bathe. Get lots of sleep the week before. And get excited! This is New York Comic Con; it’s huge, it’s amazing, and it’s sold out. So realize that you’re one of the rad folks who gets to go in and experience it.
If you aren’t quite sure what to get excited about, I’ve got this other great list about what to do for you!
Panels, though, guys. I don’t know which ones I’ll be going to, but I’m going to try to go to at least one a day. Be aware that bigger panels fill up really fast, so be ready to go as early as possible. I know the Walking Dead panel is always full before they even let people in. It’s crazy.
There are toy exclusives and variant covers and exclusive art and ohmigosh it’s Fangirl heaven. Remember when I said to bring your wallet? Be prepared to leave with almost nothing. Try to budget yourself (I’m not bringing a backpack for swag in hopes that I won’t spend all of my money, but that won’t work).
You know how you looooove one artist super lots and you’ve always wanted to meet them and maybe tell them how much you love them? They might be there. Find out, and find out which booth is theirs. Grab a program when you walk in and map out where you want to go, and go there. Artist Alley is almost always my favorite place, because there are not only people like Amanda Conner and Ant Lucia, but also independent artists and creators with their beautiful passion projects. Michael Bracco, from Super Art Fight and SpaghettiKiss clothing will be there. Go see him, you will be blown away. And you know what? He’s not the only one who will knock your socks off.
I’m not a big fan of paying for signatures, but that didn’t stop me from meeting Sean Astin and having him sign a picture of his face. And if there is someone you desperately want to have sign something for you, find out if they’re doing signings or will have a booth. I have some comics that I got signed at Special Edition NYCC because they were there and didn’t have a huge line. The lack of line is an impossibility this time, but there will be creators at booths to sign your favorite issue of their comic or anything you thrust at them.
I’m trying to get good at making stuff, but it’s hard. I have been working on several cosplays for NYCC this year, but none of them will be anywhere near as great as many that will be there. For those of you who don’t know, cosplay is a term that combines “costume” with “play.” It means dressing up as your favorite character, even when it isn’t Halloween. And some people are so good at it, that they get paid to do it. It is their jobs to dress as superheroes. Can you imagine that?! Be on the look out for your favorite characters walking around, and remember to ask before you take their picture. Please also remember that cosplay does not equal consent. Just because someone is scantily clad and nearby does not mean that you have permission to touch them.
If you’re unsure of your own safety, or are worried about infringing on other people’s fun at NYCC, you can check out their Harassment Policy, that writers from the Mary Sue helped them draft and create. It is so important that you don’t mess with people in any way. Don’t make people uncomfortable with your words or actions; you’ll ruin their day and get kicked out of the con.
The party doesn’t begin and end at the door of the Javits Center, Fangirls. There are parties and special events throughout New York City for New York Comic Con Super Week. The events are all over the place, and NYCC has even partnered with Chevy and Uber to give patrons rides to and from NYCC Super Week events. Look for the cars, and post selfies with “#ChevyNYCC” to be entered to win VIP tickets to NYCC 2015 and a Chevy prize pack. So look for them.
And parties. Fangirls, everyone is having a party. Everyone. I’m really excited for the concert with Kirby Krackle and Harry and the Potters on Thursday night, Sonic Boom Box’s party Friday (and Saturday), and Fan Girls’ Night Out on Saturday. There are so many things to do. If you’re not sure what to do, check Twitter. You’ll find people pushing their parties and events all over.
And to all of you Fangirls out there that love expressing their love of Fandom, follow Hansi Oppenheimer on Twitter, and check out the Facebook page for her film. She is working on a documentary about Fangirls, and is looking for ladies to interview. I think what she’s doing is really important. Light needs to be shone on the hard work and passion that all of you amazing Fangirls have.
Fangirls and Fanboys alike, I can’t wait for NYCC, and I hope you’re as excited as I am. If you’re going and you want to hang out, tweet at me, or comment here, email me, anything. Contact me because I want to meet rad Fangirls and Fanboys. I’m so excited!
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