Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Wednesday Weekly: Something to Look Forward To.

Well, as I have not had the opportunity to post since last Monday, I was unable to get out a "Wednesday Weekly" last week. I apologize to all of my adoring followers (all 21 of you!).

Wondering What's Good in NY this upcoming week/end? WGINY has only one suggestion, as it is where I will be all weekend:

It may not be San Diego's baby, but the New York Comic Con ("NYCC"), held annually at the Jacob Javits Center, is the largest popular culture convention on the East Coast, and for good reason. Beginning Thursday evening with a concert by DJ Z Trip and The Nightwatchman, aka Tom Morello (open only to press, professionals, VIP and four-day ticket-holders), and continuing through Sunday with industry panels, screenings and celebrity signings, NYCC is packed with fun, educational and networking opportunities.

Whether you are an aspiring comic book writer seeking to learn more about the trade, or a film buff anxious to meet your idol or hear him or her speak, there is no shortage of activities, and you cannot possibly see it all in one day. Recognize any of these celebrities, comic writers/designers/artists or other authors? They are all planning to attend the Con, and if you plan your schedule accordingly, you might just get that autograph or photo you've always dreamed of.  You can also play "Quidditch," go Speed Dating, or bring your kids to "Jedi" training. According to Midtown Comics, NYCC consistently ranks as one of the top five attended events in NYC. You wouldn't want to miss that, would you?

Also, while you're at the Con, don't forget to stop by the New York Anime Festival, a celebration of Japanese pop culture that always takes place within NYCC. Don your favorite "cosplay" outfit and find out where these anime guests will be throughout the weekend.

One day NYCC tickets for Saturday only are currently sold-out, but all other single day and package options are still available online here, or at these official retailers, many of whom will be vendors at the show and will be selling their products at deep discounts (e.g. Midtown Comics, mentioned above, will be offering 20% off graphic novels and trade paperbacks at their NYCC booth). The Javits Center is huge, and hardly any space will be going unused for this convention, so you may want to bring a floor map with you.

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