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The New York Comic Con (October 8 - 11, 2015 at the Jacob Javits Center), the most successful attempt yet to steal the thunder from the San Diego Comic Con, is once again upon us. While there’s lots of guests, panels, and activites related to the sequential arts, it’s mostly dedicated to television, movies and toys and cosplay.
What is cosplay? It’s competitive trick or treating, without going from house to house as part of a Snickers fueled protection racket. It’s already October, so why not? However, if you’re not doing cosplay in eight inch stilettos, wear comfortable shoes.
The show has been hot for years, which is why people selling autographs are a much higher caliber than they used to. Back in the day it was all washed up people from a decade before who can’t really get work anymore. They were a red shirt on the original Star Trek ages ago in one episode, or played an Indian on F Troop. You never heard of F Troop? That means you probably have no idea who Jerry Ford was.
This year, they have all the actors from the current hits. Real life movie stars who are getting work NOW. Which, if you collect autographs, might be worth a wait on line. And waiting in lines is what you will be doing a lot of at the NY Comic Con.
The main hall is mostly comics, albeit, tinged by movies and TV. Marvel has a huge booth and various companies are giving out promos related to TV shows. The smaller companies are there trying to sell their wares and scrambling just to be noticed amongst the non-stop din and shuffling crowds. It’s the same as last year, only different. Same as it ever was.
Back in the day one of the things I liked to do was gatecrash the parties, the ones with the actual stars in them. People like Wally Wood or Garry Trudeau, people who were persecuted by US Congress for being subversive and forced to do porn (Trudeau was too young for that, but Wally Wood wasn’t). The people who INVENTED Mad magazine. While there are lots of talented people out there, few nowadays had been there when the medium was brand new. Not me, people who were old guys when I was a kid. People you could actually go up to and talk with for a real conversation.
The NY Comic Con people are doing really well. You just know there’s going to be overcrowding. I remember the first few cons when you could actually hang out with your heroes. It was even possible to have an easy going conversation in San Diego back in the day. That’s gone forever.
To learn more, go to: http://www.newyorkcomiccon.com/
The New York Comic ConOctober 8 - 11, 2015
Jacob Javits Center655 W 34th St.New York, NY 10001
The largest trade show in New York City -- the bi-annual NY Now -- showcases over 100,000 products from 2,600 domestic and international vendors at the Jacob Javits Convention Center from August 15th to 19th, 2015.
So if you are looking for merchandise to stock your entertainment industry related store or are searching for premium gifts or swag as incentives, this is the show to attend. Need to product source efficiently and network face-to-face as humans did before social media? Then attend this convention, tagged as The Market for Home, Lifestyle + Gift.
The NY Now exhibitors are categorized into the Home, Lifestyle, and Handmade Collections. In addition, there are growing markets that are grouped into separate pavilions:
The NY Now programming offers trade seminars to retail buyers to improve their business, forecast color and design trends, legal and commerce issues, and social media and branding.
A subset of seminars organized by the Museum Store Association,is a Sustainability Showcase and a Pop-Up Retailing seminar on Sunday, August 16, at 10:30 am.
Celebrity events are highly anticipated at NY Now. This year, former New York Times food critic Mimi Sheraton helms the Retailer Breakfast on Monday, August 17, at 9:00 am sharp to promote her new book 1,000 Foods to Eat Before You Die: A Food Lover’s Life List.
Also, there are tickets for Hamilton -- the much-acclaimed Broadway show -- at a special price for the NY Now Night on Broadway attendees.
Put on your most comfortable shoes as you walk the overwhelming aisles of designer booths at NY Now.
More information about NY Now and registration online at www.nynow.com
NY Now The Market For Home, Lifestyle + GiftAugust 15th to 19th, 2015
Jacob K. Javits Convention CenterNew York
To any comic book fans who lives in Connecticut or the tri-state -- or, if you're around in the month of August -- come to Connecticut Comic Conn (with two N's). The Conn runs from August 14 - 16, 2015, at the Mohegan Sun Convention Center (1 Mohegan Sun Blvd, Uncasville, CT) ); while this is not their first show entirely, it is, however, a new location from their previous year. So, expect a larger venue for the guests and show floor booths as well.
Like other conventions, Connecticut Comic Conn features comic books artists and writers as their guests as well as famous television and movie actors who you will have the opportunity to meet. The convention will also have the usual sales booths where you can track favorite comic book titles, or that memorabilia you may have sought for a long time.
This year, Connecticut Comic Conn will also feature these celebrity guests (and more):
Of course it wouldn't be a comic con without comic book guests. This year con-goers will have the opportunity to meet these comic book creators; some will be making their first con appearance at the Connecticut Comic Conn.
Look forward to meeting the following sample of names -- and of course there are still more to look forward to than just what listed below:
Panels and events also include:
Also expect the usual cavalcade of longboxes, comics, toys, model kits, and more from the dealer’s room, costume contests, and more!
So if you're interested in the comic book culture scene, and happen to be in Connecticut this month, check out Connecticut Comic Conn.
To learn more, go to: http://www.ctcomicon.com/
Connecticut Comic ConnAugust 14 - 16, 2015
Mohegan Sun Convention Center1 Mohegan Sun Blvd.Uncasville, CT 06382
Has the world got you down? Feeling a severe lack of brightly colored animals in your life? Do you prefer your cats with red bows and no mouths? If you’re in the Denver area, then Sanrio has the event for you. The Hello Kitty Supercute Friendship Festival is coming to the Denver Coliseum (4600 Humboldt St, Denver, CO), June 5 - 7, 2015 as part of its North American tour. The festival celebrates Hello Kitty’s illustrious forty year career.
Going beyond a traditional live stage show, Hello Kitty’s Supercute Friendship Festival offers a unique multi-component walk-around festival atmosphere for Sanrio fans of all ages. It will feature Hello Kitty and her friends in multi-stage live performances, DJ-driven dance sequences, interactive exhibits, animation, fashion, photo ops, craft activities, event-exclusive collectibles and much more!
Along with luminaries such as Hello Kitty, Badtz-Maru, and Keroppi, expect appearances from newer Sanrio characters like Purin, a a golden retriever that resembles a large flan, and Kuromi, a mischievous imp-girl that plays the guitar.
Kitty was created by graphic designer Yuko Shimizu in 1974 and has since become one of the foremost cartoon icons of the 20th century and still going strong in the 21st. This festival follows off of Sanrio’s first Hello Kitty museum exhibition at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles which ran from October, 2014 to May, 2015. Banzai, Kitty-chan!
For more information, go to: http://www.sanrio.com/HKFestival
The Hello Kitty Supercute Friendship Festival
June 5 - 7, 2015Denver Coliseum4600 Humboldt St.Denver, CO 80216
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