New York Comic Con, a very fun yet maddeningly crowded pop culture gathering, took place at the Javits Center last week, from February 6-8. The show was filled with comic book publishers, video game companies, artists, writers, memorabilia dealers, bad food and fans (many of which were dressed up as their favorite characters, as these are some of the only days of the year that you can dress like a superhero, game character, or whatever and get away with it in public...though I do think I spotted a furry, which is never, ever okay).
We here at Robot Sweatshop made it out to the Con, and brought back these photos as official documentation of the weirdness and fun for future generations. (Unfortunately, my camera is in its twilight years and had trouble focusing in some of the photos below. Sorry 'bout that.) Enjoy!
Oh, New York Comic Con crowds. What are we going to do with you?
This awesome statue of He-Man -- I mean, Faker (he got me!) -- greeted attendees at the show floor entrance.
Here's a view of the crowd from Hobbit Height (i.e. my view).
This is a shot of the convention floor on Friday, the most sane day of the show, where one can actually walk around comfortably.
A bunch of fans pose for a picture with an attendee who dressed up as a Huge Nerd.
Playmates had a great booth set up for the 25th anniversary "Shellabration" of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which included an original, playable arcade cabinet of the great Turtles In Time game.
The aforementioned TMNT booth.
The aforementioned TMNT booth with Chris.
Atari pulled out all the stops in promotion of their upcoming Ghostbusters game, including this awesome Slimer ice sculpture.
Even Ghostbusters had to wait in line to play the game! (Side note: there were a ton of people dressed up as Ghostbusters this year.)
Mattel's "MattyCollector" panel, where they unveiled new Ghostbusters, He-Man, and DC action figures. The two dudes on the left are half of the super-talented Four Horsemen, sculptors of many of Mattel's great action figure lines.
Mattel revealed Hordak -- my favorite He-Man villain -- as the latest entry in their Masters of the Universe Classics line at the MattyCollector panel.
Ghostbuster Ray Stantz as an action figure. I will own this.
Slimer returns. Hopefully Ecto-Cooler Hi-C is not too far behind!
Prototypes of the 6-inch Ghostbusters figures.
We came. We saw. We kicked its ass!
Chris and Caroline frighten the dude in yellow with their enthusiasm for panel discussions.
The new X-Force team in Superhero Squad form. Very cool!
The new line of toys from the Wolverine and the X-Men animated series. These look terrific.
X-Men Origins: Wolverine toys. I'm lukewarm on these.
Now this is dedication. This fan is dressed up in a Wolverine costume designed by Alex Ross, which only appeared once in Wizard Magazine.
Gamers got to try out the new "Ready 2 Rumble" for Wii. Was it fun? I have no idea.
The creators of the excellent indie comics, The Sentinels and Neverminds.
Green Lantern (John Stewart) -- complete with green contacts! -- and me, Super PizzaBagel.
This photo was a victim of my camera's blurriness, but I had to include it here. This girl really looked like Chun Li (of "Street Fighter") come to life.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles co-creator Peter Laird. Kneel before Laird!
Longtime TMNT artist Jim Lawson draws for a fan.
Club Namco was one of my favorite dealers at the show. All retro Pac-Man stuff -- how could you go wrong?
Wonder Woman poses for the camera.
I have the power. The end!