I don't even know where to begin, there's so much to talk about. Hmm.
Well, New York Comic Con was amazing. And because my dad was helping out a family friend with his booth, Rachel and I were able to receive exhibitor passes. We went on Saturday and Sunday, and spent both those days wandering around the convention center. There were some fantastic cosplays! The most memorable ones for me were the Iron Throne (which you can see in this short video), an Adventure Time group (Fionna, Flame Princess, Marceline, Lumpy Space Princess and Prince Bubblegum) and a Kaylee from Firefly. She looked so much like Jewel Staite.
On Saturday I went to the Legend of Korra panel and got to the line pretty early. Thank god because as soon as the doors opened at 10 a.m. for the public, people piled in. I got a good seat, in front of the cast and crew in the fifth row.
The panelists included Bryan Konietzko (co-creator of Avatar: The Last Airbender and Legend of Korra), Joaquim dos Santos (co-executive producer), Janet Varney (Korra), P.J. Byrne (Bolin) and Steven Yeun (Wan). Steven was sort of a last minute guest and it was so cool to see him! Love him as Glenn from The Walking Dead and having him voice the very first avatar is great.
They showed us a new episode of Korra, which centered around Wan and how he became the first avatar. The art style of Wan's story is a little different from the rest of the show but it's beautiful. The Japanese influence is very strong. Beautiful. Beautiful.
After the episode the panelists did a quick Q&A. P.J. is adorable and Steven was nervous about having us see him in the show. But we were quick to assure him that we loved him. Then they showed us a presentation on how they create the show. From the script to the art direction.
After the panel I made my way over to the show room and LET ME TELL YOU, the entire building was PACKED. PACKED. On Saturday I got some cool items. A Game of Thrones poster, a Frank Frazetta Print, some Fables comics and a Bilbo figure.
I grabbed the Bilbo figure SO FAST, didn't even bother to look at the price I had to have it! It wasn't expensive though. It's going to be hard to not open it... the urge is strong.
My feet and shoulders were in pain! I got to Comic Con around 9 and stayed till around 6:30 at night. Long day, but worth the time.
I was shocked to see that there were hardly any Tolkien cosplays or merchandise. I only saw a Bilbo, Thranduil and Tauriel cosplays. And about four Gandalfs. I expected a lot of hobbits. And it was DIFFICULT to find any LOTR items. There were a handful of booths that had some action figures and there was theonering.net's booth, but there wasn't much there.
On Sunday I got some more goodies, a small Totoro plushie, a Firefly shirt, an Avatar: The Last Airbender print by Chrissie Zullo, Smaug print by David Wenzel and a Treebeard figure.
I was absolutely exhausted and gross and sore after comic con... as you can tell from this photo Rachel took of me on the subway.
Comic con was great, I got some really cool stuff and my feet and shoulders still hurt. It was worth it! Added three items to my Tolkien collection. Good weekend.
Hopefully there's a lot more Tolkien items during NYCC next year, and a Hobbit panel.