On my way back from New York Comic Con on Sunday, I watched the movie "Limitless", which got me thinking about memory and how it works. Sometimes we experience something we think we'll remember forever, only to have the memory fade away quickly, while something we experience for just a split second makes an indelible impression. Why bring this up? Well, upon first putting together this post, I had the Kevin Smith/Jason Mewes podcast near the top of my list of things I'd never forget from this year's NYCC. Then, while looking back at my posts from past NYCC visits, I discovered that I'd seen Smith's panel in 2007... and COMPLETELY FORGOTTEN ABOUT IT. It wasn't that the panel was bad or forgettable, it just got shuffled behind memories of other things from that weekend, and until reading my '07 recap post, I'd never really thought about it.
What it also made me realize is that the most memorable experiences at a convention are the ones with which me make a personal connection. Sitting in a huge room with hundreds, if not thousands, of other people and hearing juicy tidbits at panels seems incredibly cool at the time, but it's the smaller moments that linger in our minds much longer.
With that in mind, I've gone through my memories of this most recent New York Comic Con and picked out some of my favorites to share with you, focusing on the ones that I think I'll be able to remember years from now without having to refer to this post. I thought about ranking them, but instead I'll just put them in day-by-day order, kind of like a personal recap of the show.
- There actually wasn't a whole lot going on at the show on Thursday. The show floor was open, and some of the creators were at their tables in artists alley, but the thing I'll remember most is just how sparsly attended the preview night was and how easy it was to move around. In fact, I'll probably remember that TOO well next year, and make the mistake of thinking it was like that every day. It wasn't.
- Also, not show-related, but I did go out and meet up with some colleagues in New York on Thursday night. It was cool to meet people with whom I'd only previously interacted on Twitter, putting faces to names, and having too many drinks in the process. I didn't get back to my hotel room until about 2 a.m., and was hungover about halfway through the show on Friday.
- Friday was my busiest day at the show, and already some of the memories are starting to run together. I met more creators on Friday than on any other day of the show, and pretty much all of them were awesome. It's hard to pick favorites, but the "Angel & Faith" team of Christos Gage and Rebekah Isaacs were awesome, as was "Amazing Spider-Man" writer Dan Slott, who has restored my faith in that series.
- After getting Eliza's signature, I slid over to Rick Fox, who most people at NYCC either knew as "Eliza Dushku's boyfriend" or "the guy from 'Dancing with the Stars'." I obviously knew him as a basketball fan, and told him that he'd hit the game-winning shot at the most exciting NBA game I'd ever been to: a Celtics-Raptors triple-overtime affair in 1996. There were buzzer beaters to send the game into overtime and triple-overtime, and Fox hit the game-winner at the buzzer of the 3rd overtime right in front of the Raptors bench. It was an insane game, and Fox remembered it too. Another very cool moment for me.
- I spent most of the rest of the day Friday bouncing around to various signings, including Seth Green at the Robot Chicken signing, Grizz Chapman from "30 Rock", the aforementioned Dan Slott, and wrapped up the day (well, pre-Kevin Smith that is) at the Marvel booth where I got a bunch of stuff signed by Alex Maleev, including the ESPN The Magazine cover he'd done. His team was the Bobcats, and he'd done a great image of Michael Jordan as Nick Fury, one of the cooler shots in the issue. Maleev told me that as soon as they came to him with the request to do a cover for the issue, he chose the Bobcats specifically so he could draw Jordan. I thought that was pretty cool.
- Yep, that's me (on the right, obviously) with Jewel Staite of "Firefly". She was so sweet and getting a picture with her definitely qualifies as one of the highlights of the show for me.
- Speaking of highlights of the show... the entire "Avengers" panel. It was like an hour-long nerdgasm, but this might have been the coolest moment of the entire event (well, outside of the six-minute long scene they showed with Mark Ruffalo and Scarlett Johansson):
- The final day of the show was a much more relaxed day for me. I got most of my comic signings out of the way Friday and Saturday, so Sunday was focused a lot more on buying stuff (check Part 2 of this series for most of that), though I did also finally get my Rose McGowan photo op. It went like most of the professional photo ops do, with very little interaction with the star, until the last second when Rose noticed I was wearing an Apple T-shirt, pointed at it and said, "Nice. Gotta represent!" Again, it's these little moments that really make the show, make the money the fans spend worth it, and make memories that should in fact last a lifetime.
Looking back, I really did have a great 3 1/2 days at NYCC, and I got to do probably 95% of what I wanted to. I think my only regret was not taking more photos, but I'd personally packed my schedule so tight for Friday and much of Saturday that I didn't have time to stop on the show floor and snap everything I wanted to. Fortunately, the memories I made are strong enough that I think I should be able to recall them without photographic evidence. And if not? Well, I'll always have this blog post.