This weekend, I ventured out on a very exciting anthropological excursion to the New York Comic Con. There were far fewer Juggaloes and skinheads than there were at Cinema Wasteland, but if you substituted Spiderman for Juggaloes and "Star Wars" Storm Troopers for skinheads, and then multiplied the scale by about a hundred, you'd... well, you'd be almost entirely off the mark, so scratch that comparison. This thing was about six times larger than any other convention I've been to, and way more "upscale." I felt a mighty need for a costume, too.
Comic book fans drink a lot less than horror fans, even though there was a giant bottle of Wild Turkey displayed at "Yaoi Land." Sobriety issues aside, I got to see some pretty nifty previews of upcoming plastic action figure joy. I think I'm going to have to own "The Warriors" figures from Mezco Toys. Stuntman Mike would be able to keep Snake Plissken company, so I should probably buy that as well. A little judicious planning would make room for two "Conan the Barbarian" figures.
The panels were extremely well-attended--I waited in line for an hour and a quarter to ensure a seat in the "Venture Brothers" panel. It was well worth the time and effort, though, as we were treated to this preview of Season Three (posted to YouTube by another attendee):
I really think the love for "Venture Brothers" was underestimated--there were probably at least 1,000 people in that particular panel, which had to be moved to a larger room. The panel was not moderated, which led to some rather dumbtarded questions and one request for hugs (plenty of eyerolling from the Tenebrous Posse ensued, trust me--if you want the full effect you can find the clips on YouTube), with the main skinny being that Season Four is currently being written, there are no current plans for a feature length movie or a video game, and there will be a soundtrack CD being released soon.
Today I am really feeling the absence of Storm Troopers. It's kind of sad, actually.