Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Things to do at the NYCC

If you saw or read about the madhouse that was last year's inaugural New York Comic Con -- complete with surprise appearance by the fire marshals -- this year promises to be even more ludicrously overpopulated. And I'm just talking about the featured guests.

Really, have you seen the guest list? Wes Craven. Kevin Smith. Stan Lee and Feedback. Stephen King. J. Michael Straczynski. Four cast members from Buffy. The cheerleader from Heroes. And if that weren't enough, some people I'm actually interested in seeing.

Anyway...even though the convention is still more than a week away, given such a packed schedule it seems logical to start making plans for how to fit in everything I want to do during the con. Ordinarily I don't like being in a room with more than six people in it, so gearing up for an event like this requires an almost military level of advance preparation.

This is my current to-do list:

  • Ask Hayden Panettiere if she still has her Dot costume from A Bug's Life.

  • Attend Comics Bloggers panel and try to pick up pointers on how to be a better blogger. Also, try not to cry when Estoreal is named as "an example of what not to do."

  • Ask Redhead Fangirl how I can be more creepy, because creepy guys get all the girls.

  • Staple myself to my seat for the Venture Bros panel. Try not to go all stalkerish on Jackson Publick. I once had an e-mail from Doc Hammer; I do not need another restraining order to add to my collection.

  • Attend the tersely-named African American panel and ask why they think there are no black female comics creators. And for my next impression, Jesse Owens! (Explanation here and here.)

  • Hide wrist-slitting sharp implements from attendees leaving The Truth About Breaking Into Comics panel.

  • Test Brian Cronin on Yiddish words. Bonus points for asking him if he's attending The Jewish Side of Comics panel. (Note: to find this funny, you'd need to know that Brian Cronin is more Jewish than anyone in my family and any of my Jewish friends...and yet he's not actually Jewish. Or so he says.)

  • Compliment Jeff Brady on his beard. Another non-Jewish fellow with a fine beard. I am disturbed by this trend.

And finally: ask Stephen Colbert if his new Ben & Jerry's ice cream will be a great flavor...or the greatest flavor?


  1. I really wish I could get there, the NYCC is shaping up to be the East Coast San Diego. On top of all those people you mentioned, there's also some of the cast from Battlestar Galactica, and a bunch of great comics people, including Phil Jiminez. Next year I'm definitely going.

  2. Man, this sounds like fun. I wish I could go. I'm hoping to be able to go to Wizard World Chicago this year, so I'll get some semblance of the comic convention atmosphere. I envy you for getting to go to the Venture Brothers panel; I love that show. The comic bloggers panel also sounds like fun.

    By the way, I got around to watching Tommy, and I've got a review up on my blog, so check it out if you like. I enjoyed it, although it thought it was bugfuck insane.

  3. I have to know what happened with the Venture Brothers panel.


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