Feb 9, 2009

Nerds rule New York City

New Yorkers are used to seeing a lot of weird stuff so when 77,000 nerds descend on the Jacob Javits Center for the New York Comic Con barely an eyebrow is raised. That is, until a certain nerdy girl in a scooter goes driving past with a sign that reads, "Has Boobs, Reads Comics." It's safe to say I did not go unnoticed. 

This years NYCC was supposed to be bigger and better. I'd say it was about the same and about the same. Not much changed on the show floor but the panels were moved to the other side of the building to steer us away from the Travel Show also going on this weekend. The panels that I attended where great (I'll get to those later) but most of the rooms they were held in were terrible. I hate to say it but I think NYCC has already outgrown the Javits. They've already announced the next NYCC will be held October of 2010, if they don't utilize the entire building they're going to have a problem.

James Robinson

Ok, now onto the fun stuff! Friday I spent most of the day circling Artist Alley in search of new additions to my sketchbook. I got way more than I expected and I'm extremely happy with the results. I'm going to scan them all and post them later in the week. 

I attended three panels on Friday. First was the Dark Horse Comics panel where I got some fun news about the Buffy comic. Another Tales of the Vampire story is on it's way. Next was the DC Nation panel which felt too short. I was however, able to get pictures with two of my favorite creators. James Robinson and George Perez. Both were really nice and I actually managed to tell Robinson how much I loved his Starman run without babbling like a lunatic. 

Finally, I met up with my two favorite blog buddies Freakgirl and Geekboy (check out their wrap-ups too) and along with their two friends we attended the premiere screening of the new Wonder Woman animated film. It's the best DC animated film I've ever seen. They've really outdone themselves. Sadly, none of the actors were in attendance at the post-panel. I'll be doing a separate panel post later in the week also that will go into more detail of them all.

George Perez

Saturday was exhausting as it was the day I dressed in costume as Catwoman. Don't worry, a separate costume post will follow as well. If anyone has any pictures of me send them along so I can link to them or include them. 

I unexpectedly sat in on the Robot Chicken panel which was a riot. Also, I was five feet away from Seth Green. Enough said. Immediately after was the DC Universe panel in the same room. We finally found out Geoff John's Blackest Night will start in July, Doom Patrol is coming back and there are four 6-issue mini-series coming out of Final Crisis

If you can believe it, the Torchwood panel was right after the DC panel and also in the same room. I never had to move an inch but it did give me the opportunity to save seats in the front row for Freakgirl, Geekboy and friends. Whitney Matheson from USAToday's Pop Candy moderated the small panel of director Euros Lyn and star Eve Myles. It was the best panel of the weekend. Myles is gorgeous in person not to mention gracious and hysterical. I really hope the organizers realize what a hit it was and have another, larger panel next time.

Jimmy Palmiotti

Sunday was a whirlwind. If you were following me on Twitter, got one of my Myspace/Facebook messages or got the hint from this post you know I started working with Comic Book Resources. This was something a long time in the works that finally came to fruition this past weekend. I wrote an article for each day of the convention which you can now find on their site:


I also contributed to their CBR Live! blogging throughout the weekend as well. You can see my contributions here, but the most exciting part is what happened Sunday afternoon. That's when I interviewed Daniel Dae Kim from Lost and Jimmy Palmiotti on CBR TV. I have no words for how much this meant to me. Besides talking to two really cool people, this is something I've been working towards for pretty much my entire life. Ok, enough of the touchy-feely crap, it was awesome and I'll link you to the videos when they're up later in the week!

Thanks to everyone who stopped and said hello to me at the convention and sorry to those that didn't get to because I sped by too quickly! I'm glad most people can appreciate my humor. :)

11 comments:

superduperman said...

I was there all weekend and I agree they need to utilize the entire center... starting with last year. Would it kill them to use the smaller exhibition hall downstairs to house the artist alley which was cramp and packed?! Sorry I didn't see you there which is a surprise since I can usually sniff out hot chicks in catsuits in a crowded room. lol

Jill,I'm happy be for your success, but you really need to slow down because it getting too difficult to keep up with ya with you blogging all over the place here, there, CBR, twitter and with the way you're been going, pretty soon the moon Alice!^_^

freakgirl said...

Can't wait to see your interviews! Let us know as soon as they're up.

And thanks again for saving us seats at Torchwood. :)

Omar P. said...

this is my new favorite blog site. :) yey! i'll visit everyday...or whenever i can. i love your posts. take care!

Eric N B said...

I am so happy and proud of you Jill! To be able to make something more out of your hobby and interests is a rare thing to accomplish.

You're not being "touchy-feely"; you are just being fantastic.

I have to agree with superduperman, though--I don't know how you are able to blog so many places and still have time.

I've had CBR bookmarked for a long time, and now you are there, it will definitely remain such. That is just "too cool for school" now you're an official "nerdy" journalist!!!

Saw your costume on Amber the Superhero Stylist's page--awesome!

Royal Lance Wolfen said...

I wish I was able to go ComiCon. But at least you had a good time. :)

Kev Kage said...

Glad to see business is picking up!
Way to dress up YOU LOSER

Geekboy said...

I had a great (albeit exhausting) time at the Con, and it was great to finally meet and hang out with you. Especially since next time around, you'll probably be too big and famous to be seen with all us little people. ;)

Congrats on the CBR gig!

Cully said...

The Jimmy Palmiotti line made me chuckle.

The Comic Book Novice said...

Funny how I "ran" into you. While Saturday was awesome, Sunday (for me) was not.

I had no idea you had changed your hair color, but you did look different (I also was trying not to stare at your costume while tying to make sure no one took my seat!).

And yes, I was dissapointed that there was no leg!

dancewithzombies said...

Your costume looked great! Congrats on all the success! I'm sad we didn't run into each other, but there's always next time! :)

The Nerdy Bird said...

You're probably all getting tired of hearing this but. Thank You!

@superduperman, you're telling me! I have no idea how I get it all done. Actually, lack of sleep mostly.

@freakgirl, you're very welcome.

@Omar, great! I'm glad to hear it. Welcome!

@Eric, glad to hear that too. I appreciate the support.

@Geekboy, pshhh! There will always be time for the little people. And by little people I mean, your cats. :)

@Cully, wait until you see the interview.

@Mark, haha you're ridiculous. I'll give you a pass though, I know it's hard to concentrate with spandex in the area.

@Melissa, I know! I'm so sad we didn't see each other. Definite meet-up next time!