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After a full week I've finally managed to shake off the exhaustion and muster the strength to do a not so brief little write-up of my thoughts and feelings on NYCC2013.
In retrospect it's a small miracle I even managed to make it this year. Due to personal reasons and health reasons my summer had been tumultuous to say the least and by the time I had sat down to purchase my pass, the show had almost entirely sold out. However I managed to purchase a 4-day pass off of ebay in early September for somewhere in the neighborhood of a $100 over sticker price (ouch T3T). I then spent the remainder of the month busting my ass to make up that loss.
The convention got underway last Thursday, and Thursday was for me the most comfortable day while it was considerably crowded for a Thursday I was still able to move around the show floor comfortably and just sort of take the day to scout the area so to speak.
Friday can most accurately be described as salvaged despite waking up early at 7am to give myself time to get ready I still suffered a very bad stomach flare up (I think I may have IBS or worse still a form of IBD) that sidelined me hard My room mate described me as pale and looking like I was about to fall out. I had to delay my departure and gather myself. I did end up managing to drag my sorry ass out the door and down to the con anyway. Due to the Creator Connection panel Friday was a can't miss day for me. It ended up being worth the hardship, in spite of my crippling shyness said panel was fantastic and gave me an opportunity to meet so many potential collaborators as well as editors form Pronto Comics and so on.
Saturday I arrived early , and in spite of the massive crowd i managed to make the most of my time on the show floor and snag some stuff for myself and family Including 2 sweet lucha masks ( A red and silver Mil Mascaras and a red and gold Mr.Niebla *pictured above*) as well as some tpb's. I hit up artists alley for a bit and met some swell people and picked up some prints and books. I wrapped my Saturday up by going to the Breaking Into Comics Right Now panel, which was very valuable experience especially in regards to presentation, submission guidelines, and marketing and self promotion.
Sunday was wrap up day , I spent most of it in artists alley or in the small/independent media area , chatting it up with Ray Felix of Bronx Heroes, The great guys at MAS Media Studios , :RODCOM1000: Rod Williams and Family and their Original Vindicators Kickstarter project @ tinyurl.com/lzzl2tn. In artists alley I managed to get a photo with Bob Camp of Ren and Stimpy/Spumco fame watching him draw was amazing, I bought a print from :THEjesusmarquez: and I also got a portfolio review from Mad Magazine's Ray Alma at the Dare2Draw table, I got some great crits and I hope to start working on addressing those issues immediately.
Overall while the 4 days were tremendously tiring, it was a great convention and experience for me both enjoyable and educational.
There was also an abundance of fantastic cosplays over the 4 day span, check them out below.