Friday, Day 1. I arrive to madness at the Convention Center with my friends, John Cassaday and Paul Pope around 4:30. They were heading in to do their 2 hour autograph signing. I had bought my ticket ahead of time,but was annoyed that I was going to have to wait in line to get my badge. However, good to have friends in high places, I was able to slide in with the comic book superstars! Shhhhhh! Don't tell! Or I'll send The Joker to give you a permanent smile! We walk in and head over to the Midtown Comics booth where they were doing their signing. Left them to do their thing and headed off. My fellow podcaster, Joe, and I walked around just checking the sites. It was really crowded and just too much to take in for the 2 or 3 hours that we were going to be there. So, we just walked around checking stuff out, running into friends, and making mental notes of places to come back to. Places like this.
Penthouse Pet and pretty,not-so-hardcore porn star, Aria Giovanni. Yep. She was there. Note to self: FIND HER TOMORROW! I wasn't planning on purchasing anything or seeking anyone out the first day since our time was limited. Joe and I headed back over to the Midtown Comics booth to do an on the spot interview with John and Paul as they were signing. We got the equipment out and got all set up and everything. The mp3 recorder was dead. Earlier, it was completely fine showing all bars in the battery department. Now, deader than a comic book superhero that CAN'T come back to life. Curse you Energizer! Keeps going and going, my ass! We walked around some more and even though I said I wasn't going to buy anything that day, I did find one item. Comic Book Creator software. Oh, it's on now! I can make comic books from my own photos, movies, video games, etc! Yes, that will be what everyone will be getting for presents. My own home made comic book. With pictures of me. What? You expected pictures of you?
We rush out after 7 to head to the Super Party. It was butt-ass cold (yes, butt-ass is a word) and we couldn't get a cab. A limo driver came up and offered his services. Not those kind of services! We just had to share it with a few other people. One was a mermaid. Yeah, I said it. A mermaid. It took her about 10 minutes to get her tail in and then she gets her hair stuck in the door. A site to behold. Finally, we arrive at the Super Party. John and Paul's fan appreciation party for the...well..uh...fans! Problem though. They were so busy signing, that they didn't get a chance to tell many of the fans! Still, a good crowd showed up. Many a comic book professional and fan were in attendance. Paul's lovely mother and sister attended as well. Joe actually got to interview mama. She's so proud of her baby boy! We did an impromptu passing of the mic to fans and friends and short little interviews with John and Paul. That podcast will be up in a few days. NY Comic Con Part 1 podcast is up though, so check it out!
A few hours later, we headed out to Part 2 of the Super Party. As you can see by the posters, some burlesque fun! This party was more exclusive to the comic book creators and their lucky friends. I, of course, was one of those lucky ones! It was crazy crowded and shortly after we arrived, there was a line out the door. The show went on with much goofiness and debauchery. Drinks were had by all. And by all, I mean me. Having all of the drinks. It was too crowded to tell, but I heard Moby was there. Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots too. Yeah, that's how I roll. My poor friend visiting from Pennsylvania,Kristin, was not used to this late night scene and I think she was fading. Normally, I'm out til the crack of dawn. And she's got a big crack. But, I was actually a bit tired and knew I had to get up early on Saturday to get to the Con. Well liquored and burlesqued, we departed for home for some much needed zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz time.
Saturday, Day 2. After about 3 hours of sleep, I arose to go meet my peeps some time around 7 a.m. at the Con. Special events required tickets to get in to and the booth opened at 8:30. Kevin Smith was appearing that day. So was Milla Jovavich. I really wanted to see Kevin and if I could get into Milla, I would. If ya know what I'm saying! Hours of waiting and we finally get our little ticket. Our smurfy blue ticket. Pretty lame tickets! I could have completely went to Kinko's and made tons of copies. Which I should have. We went to get some lunch and came back to stand in line, again, to await entrance to the Kevin Smith appearance. We were near the front of the line,but still had over an hour to wait. Good thing we had some entertainment.
Unemployed Skeletor. He was right in line with us awaiting to see the big man as well. Joe and I did a little podcast interview with him. Click the link 3 paragraphs above to check it out! Or go to iTunes, "podcasts", and type in Comic News Insider. I got some great insight to Skeletor's plight and why he is unemployed. No, I'm not telling you, you'll have to listen to the podcast, bitches! Finally, we get in the room and are pretty close up to the stage. Kevin comes out and immediately starts in with the genitalia references. Genitalia is not a state in Italy. People got up and asked questions and he graciously answered. However, this was a bit unorganized, as some people asked 3 or 4 questions until the crowd started yelling at them to pass the mic. Alas, poor Skeletor wasn't able to ask his question of "How do I defeat He-Man?!" A shame too. I bet Kevin would have known. People kept trying to diss on Kevin for being so late on his Spider-Man/Black Cat mini-series and attempted to be funny. They did not succeed. Here's some advice people. When you have the chance to talk to one of your idols, who is extremely funny and personable, don't try to be funny. Just ask your fucking question and shut it! I was about to tackle a few of them for being so stupid. Kevin took it all in stride and went off on 15-20 minute diatribes just to answer a question. Gotta love it! Someone brought up his involvement in THE GREEN HORNET movie. One time, he was attached to write/direct the film. He wrote it and realized he didn't want to direct it. Saying how he sucked at action and would rather have people just talk. He gave the example of having The Green Hornet and Kato sitting in front of their car. Off screen, they hear trouble and mention it. "Look. Trouble is afoot! Let's go!" The camera would stay on the car, you would hear fighting off screen, and they would return to the car and continue talking about what they had for lunch. Funny stuff. A nice moment was when someone brought up Reese Witherspoon. Kevin hates her. There's a long and involved story about some audition and rude remarks,etc. It's in his book, SILENT BOB SPEAKS. Go get it. He calls her Greasy Reesy. The person asked what he thought of her performance in WALK THE LINE and if she deserved the accolades. Kevin says, "Well, I voted for her. And I can't stand the bitch!" He went on to say how he can admire someone for their talent,but just not like them personally. Quite big of him, I thought. I hate someone and just want them to get sprayed with armor piercing shells from an M-16, hit by a large truck full of petroleum that explodes upon impact, attacked by ninja's, and pooped on by pigeons. People say I have anger and aggression issues. So what? Wanna fight about it?!! Overall, Kevin's panel was quite enjoyable and funny! Then, the drama started to ensue.
I had gotten a call from Joe during Kevin Smith's panel, but didn't answer. As we were leaving the panel to head into the main floor of the Con, I check it. Something to do with cops showing up, not letting people in, etc. HOLY SHIT! The wheels were coming off the wagon! We saw all of these troopers and FDNY around. Apparently, the show was way over sold and the hall was beyond capacity. No one had any answers and some fights broke out or something. I missed all the drama! I get in line and had to wait about 20-25 minutes. Not too bad, compared to the 2 hours that Joe waited. People were pissed off! Which, I always say, is better than pissed on. Unless you're into that. I got inside and it was crowded as the coffee and snacks table at an AA meeting. But, I was able to walk around and do some shopping and check out the sights. This being one of the main ones I wanted to see.
Don't recognize her? Well, if you could hear me sing this, I would be singing, FLASH....AAAHHHH! HE'LL SAVE EVERYONE OF US! It's Melody Anderson! Is this more recognizable? As Dale Arden in FLASH GORDON? You better recognize! She was sitting at this small table waaaaay in the back of the Con. Not many people seemed to be approaching her. When I did, she was very personable. I gushed how much I loved the movie and her in it. Seriously! I do! It's a cheesy cult classic, but I love it. We talked about crosswords (since she was doing one) and she warned me of the dangers of getting into Sudoku. I purchased a couple of pictures and she happily posed for one with me. Look how beautiful she still is! I was a bit smitten,I must say. I invited her to my bar for a drink, but I think that probably came across creepy. My bad! She said she has some morning show on an AM station. I didn't have the heart to tell her that I don't listen to radio any more. I wish we would have interviewed her, but alas, was not to be. I'll always think of her when I'm doing the Sunday NY Times crossword. Does she know the answer to 112 across? If not, can I send it to her some way? I'll just have to wait until we're together again. In crossword heaven. Unless she falls into the fiery pits of sudoku hell. Then, I'll just hang in Jeopardy purgatory for awhile. Until then, Melody. I send sweet solving love your way. Enjoy.
Across from her in a way too big area was Karen Gorney. Yeah, I don't know her either. She's the chick from SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER. I only knew that because she had the famous poster hanging up and an endless loop of the soundtrack playing. Talk about hell. Poor girl. NO ONE went up to her. And how does that movie have anything to do with a comic book convention? I guess I should have asked Peter Scolari. He was next to her in another booth. You remember him. BOSOM BUDDIES. The one that wasn't Tom Hanks. I wonder if he hates Tom for all of his success?
We had plans to go to the big party that Joe Quesada, Marvel's Editor-in-Chief, was throwing later. So, we went home to nap and chill before hand. However, as the time approached, we realized we really didn't want to see these unknown bands. Hey, I ain't hatin'. Maybe they rocked. But, seriously...do you think they did? And the main pull of Kevin Smith introducing the bands was not that big of a deal since we had just seen him earlier in the day. And, we had been dealing with elbow to elbow crowds all day and did not want any part of that for the evening festivities. We ended up just going to a few local haunts and hanging. Nice and relaxing. Aaaaahhhh...
Sunday, Day 3. After the debacle of Saturday, we wanted to be sure to arrive early enough just to get in. Yet, not painfully early since we were out pretty late the night before. It didn't take us too long to get in once the doors opened. And, while crowded, the chaos of the previous day seemed to subside. I believe they weren't selling any more tickets at all. Wise decision, ya mooks! This was a "row by row" day. About 4 of us, Kristin, Kathleen, TJ and I went....yep, you guessed it!....row by row down each aisle. That's where I ran into Captain America with No-Iron Having Action! Seriously, dude. Get Bucky to take your suit to the cleaners. I had done most of my purchasing the day before,but was tempted at the 40% off trade paperback section. I ended up spending way too much money on almost all of THE SANDMAN trades. I have almost the complete single issue run, missing only a few, but wanted the trades since the collection is bagged/boarded/boxed in storage. Curse you Neil Gaiman and your award winning mythology! We ran into some fellow podcasters of Comic Geek Speak and did a quick wrap up of the Con.
Overall? We dug it. Yes, there was mass confusion and chaos and disorganization. I feel bad for those that didn't get in. Next time, get your tickets ahead of time people! I know, some of you did have tickets and still couldn't enter. That does suck. But, I'm quite sure they will learn from their mistakes. The head of the group that ran the Con already said they will have to have a bigger space for next year. Thanks, Captain Obvious! I'm happy we have a Con in NYC. And that it will continue on in the future. Yes, people were upset, but they'll come back next year. I know I will. There was a great turn out of creators, exhibitors and fans. My only other disappointment was the lack of movie/TV types. Sure, the San Diego Con is more about that. And, it's a good sign that people came just for comic book types! Imagine the crowd when the stars start coming! They better rent out Madison Square Garden! Why not? The Knicks don't seem to need it lately. 15-41 record. Sheeeesh!
Stop the hating and bask in the geeky goodness that NYC finally has a Comic-Con. Give it a couple of years to find it's legs. They should hire me. I'm real good at finding the legs. And the booties. And the breastage. And...well, you know.
Until then, tune into COMIC NEWS INSIDER! As I said, part 1 of our NY Comic-Con show is available now. Part 2 will be ready in a few days. Listen to past shows and interviews. Call my voice mail and listen to my voice. Make me your ring tone. I'm expensive, but I'm good.
Also, plenty of pics were taken. They're over there on the right in the photo albums section. Cleverly titled "New York Comic-Con '06". Check 'em out!
And stealing the famous saying of Stan Lee, Marvel Comics legend....