I Survived New York Comic Con

New York Comic Con

And all you got was this lousy post.

It was evident right away that this years NYCC (at least on Saturday) was beyond capacity. I made it onto the floor about an hour after the doors open and even then it was hard to move around. I did manage to check out the Marvel booth and ended up at the WeLoveFine booth as well but that was pretty much it. It was just too crowded with too many people just standing around in aisles, making it very difficult to get anywhere. I was walking around by myself, FYI. It’s not like I was trying to stick with friends or make sure everyone could get through, it was just little ole’ me trying to check things out.

I actually spent most of my time in Artist Alley which seemed to be in another state altogether. I had a hard time finding it without a map. After hitting up Marvel and buying a shirt, I managed to track down a program and made my way to Artist Alley. I will say that I do enjoy the fact that AA is in its own little area and not on the show floor. It’s less crowded that way, at least in the early hours of the Con. I applaud NYCC for having three ATM machines right at the entrance to Artist Alley as well. I know I made use of them! The layout was pretty similar to most Artist Alley’s. It was nice that at the start of each aisle there was a list stating where everyone was. Later in the day though, AA became just as crowded as the rest of the Con. My theory is, once people couldn’t get into panels because of lines, they made their way over.

Lines. This topic is always a sore spot when it comes to any convention and NYCC is no different. Just like last year, I saw line issues throughout the day. IGN was “closed” early because of lines. I heard and read that even though staff knew that most of the people in line wouldn’t make it in for “The Walking Dead” or “Firefly,” that the lines weren’t informed. People wasted valuable Con time sitting in a line to nowhere. While I was waiting for the “Person of Interest” panel, there was line confusion. When I arrived the line wasn’t long at all, just a few of us but as it got closer to panel time, more people started to show up. Well, those people started their own line. I’m sure you know how this ends. People in my line start bitching (as they should) that the end of the line is over here, while the NYCC volunteers just looked like deer in headlights. Once the doors open Line 2 tried to rush in but once we complained they were finally told to stop and to go to the end of the correct line. I don’t think it would be hard to fix something like this. Simply have the last person in line hold a sign stating that they are in fact the end of the line or just stick a volunteer there with said sign. It seems to work at San Diego Comic Con! I think part of the issue too is that the area where they have the panels isn’t a huge area. You have multiple popular panels (New 52, Marvel TV, Person Of Interest, Stan Lee…) all in the same area and then you have lines running into each other. Plus not enough room to properly “snake” all the lines. You pretty much end up with a huge crowd of people.

I know it might be hard to believe after reading this but I did have a good time. I got to see friends that I only get to see once a year like Irma of “Imy the Comic” plus I got to meet @MarvellousKaty. I was able to add another Hawkeye (by Irma) to my sketchbook and pick up some cute buttons. I know more of you were there and I do apologize that we weren’t able to meet up! Plus I got to chat with other attendees while waiting for my phone to charge.

I do think NYCC could become something awesome but they need to sit down and take a hard look at some of the issues. I know you want as many people as possible to attend your show but too many people becomes a problem. People shouldn’t be told that when they go outside to grab food that they have to wait to enter again because of the crowds. Seriously, my friends had to wait 30 minutes to get back inside. I feel horrible for those who had to use scooters or wheelchairs because I don’t know how the hell they got around the show.

Expect a few other NYCC posts in the next few days!

2 comments

  • You are spot on in your analysis. Too many people makes it nearly unbearable.

    This was the first time we attended NYCC and I found it very poorly run in some areas. We had a similar experience with the HALO presentation. We waited over an hour in line, and did not get in. So, to the Comic Con show runners not know how to count? They know how many seats they have. It would be simple to head count and stick a sign at the back “FULL..anyone behind this sign is on STANDBY.” We missed other things because of this.

    Deer in the headlights is an apt description for the volunteers! I feel for them, being so uninformed. We had to fish for photo op and autographing information that volunteers could have easily answered—if they had the details.

    We also found information on posted signs was wrong, and there needs to be more published details on booth signings. Vendors should be able to provide this ahead of time. We did not find that our mobile apps were updated with the latest.

    I think some of the exhibitors also had very poor and unprofessional judgment in handing out tickets for signings at their booths, while others were on top of it 100%. By Sunday patience is worn thin and tempers are short, so it is worse to endure.

    We had fun, and there were certainly high points, especially in Artists Alley!

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