New York Comic Con’s (NYCC) 2012 edition got off to a “brisk” start on a beautifully clear yet breezy, chilly morning at the Javits Center October 11. A cadre of librarians, teachers, publishers, and others falling under the umbrella of the “Professionals” category enjoyed a number of morning and early afternoon panels before the exhibits opened at 3:00 and the geeks came flooding in. NYCC’s organizer, Reed Exhibitions, graciously allows professionals in gratis and offers them a weekend pass for only $10. Competition for the cheap tickets is so high that would-be weekenders must partake in a lottery to win a badge.
A small vanguard of diehards who purchased VIP and four-day passes were the first wave of the crushing hordes to follow on Friday and throughout the weekend. Opening/Professional day is pleasant because it generates the smallest crowd on the show floor, which allows you to really see everything up close. It’s the difference between 3000 bodies on hand and 30,000 later in the weekend.
I attended the “Library as Mythic Oracle” panel, in which librarians Tyler Rousseau, Michael Maziekien, Megan Kociolek, and Craig Anderson, in brief, showed how the angry muscle-head heroes of old like Hercules and Beowulf on up to the original incarnation of Superman have given way to more of a thinking hero today in the age of technology where it doesn’t take brawn to conquer.
Pix give a better presentation of the show, so check out my FLICKR album.
As John Berry would say, more later.