Con Coverage – NYCC 2017
Hi all, here’s the OA Aficionado’s report on New York Comic Con 2017, held from 5-8 October at the Javits Center! Your intrepid reporter absolutely loves visiting New York City and had a blast as usual, meeting with relatives, friends, OA collectors, dealers and artists.
Perhaps due to the revised ticketing system (and record crowds) this year, the convention was packed from the get-go – Thursday seemed as crowded as Saturdays from years past. Kudos to Reed’s entry processing though, as lines were cleared pretty smoothly.
Whilst walking the show floor checking out booths of assorted comic book publishers, media companies, toy producers and merchandise vendors, I seemed to notice a decrease in cosplayers – which coincides with my experience at other comic conventions this year. Not to say that there weren’t some good looking ones present though!
Crucially for an OA Aficionado, the major dealers were in attendance and ready to make some deals happen! From my conversations with OA dealers and artist representatives, business was brisk at NYCC, with an encouraging influx of new and young buyers.
Pursuant to several major acquisitions, I headed into NYCC content to window shop. But (no?) thanks to an abundance of quality material at the convention (much of it not available online), ended up walking out with a delightful haul of artwork!
Highlight events included Todd McFarlane’s rollicking Thursday panel about the media industry (he’s a consummate showman and could easily be a stand-up comedian), and Saturday’s Annual NYCC Charity Art Auction to benefit the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Marquee pieces included donations by Frank Cho, J. Scott Campbell, Frank Miller and Walt Simonson.
In between all the hectic wheeling and dealing, I voraciously recharged at several fine dining establishments throughout the City, including various steakhouses and ethnic eateries. Sweet cheese knishes (separate apple and blueberry flavours shown below) at Yonah Schimmel’s Knish Bakery are a must-eat whenever I’m in town. This could be my favourite dessert on the planet! A delectable find this trip was Keens Steakhouse’s “Legendary Mutton Chop” – ordered mine rare and definitely lives up to its name. So good I ate there twice!
Artist Alley used to be housed in an adjacent airy, hangar-like wing of the Javits Center. Unfortunately, it’s undergoing renovations for the next few years, so this year AA was relegated to a dark, poorly-ventilated basement level (ex-holding area for crowds). Nonetheless, artists and reps reported that business and fan attendance was strong, so it looks like nothing will deter determined art lovers!
Until next time, happy collecting!