The sun has set on the first day of New York Comic Con. And I blew it.
So here’s what happened. My intro to NYCC started out pretty well. I had been invited to an event the night before, which was pretty damn epic. Audible was unveiling its Harry Potter Pensieve Experience and it was pretty dope. Attendees choose a vial of memories from the arch that frames the entrance to the experience, which include some of our fave characters like Harry, Professor Dumbledore and Hermione. I chose to go with Lord Voldemort because I’m a rebel (or so I’ve been told). Inside the space, there are four listening stations, each revealing a different memory, which really are excerpts from the Harry Potter audiobooks.
I never listened to audiobooks until one of my friends gifted me with an Audible subscription as a graduation present. Now, to celebrate 20 years of Harry Potter, Audible has released a new set of audiobooks read by Jim Dale. From what I heard during the Pensieve Experience, he does a great job and I’m looking forward to hearing his narration of the books. As for the experience itself, it really is pretty cool and I’m glad I was able to visit before the official start of NYCC. It’s definitely going to be one of the biggest highlights of the Con.
The next day was the official start of NYCC. After working my regular overnight job (REMEMBER THIS TIDBIT OF INFO), I made my way over to the Jacob Javits Center. Anyway, when I arrived, I felt completely overdressed because pretty much everyone was either in cosplay, jeans, leggings or whatever. I’m pretty sure I was the only one wearing regular work clothes but that early in the morning, and as tired as I was, who the hell cares? Once inside and through security (your bags will be THOROUGHLY checked so don’t bring any foolishness to the Con), I went straight to Queue Hall. What’s Queue Hall, you ask? Well, that’s where you line up to tap your badge for any panels being held at the Main Stage for the day. It’s pretty simple and no one was pushing or shoving (lucky for them). I went straight to the StarTalk line and was able to tap my badge and secure a spot. Success!
Afterwards, I went upstairs and started roaming the floor, trying to get a lay of the land. I saw some pretty cool cosplay and was about to snap some photos, when what looked like a futuristic British Bobby walked up to me. He guided me to the Mortal Engines Interactive Trailer Experience, which was so damn fun! Staff members dressed me up in a costume from the film (which drops in December) and as scenes from the trailer played in the background, me and three new friends pretended to be part of the action. Afterwards, we tapped our badges (to record our email addresses), waited about a minute and then saw what looked like a full teaser trailer starring us! It was so frickin cool!!! I definitely recommend you experience it for yourself.
Moving on, I walked around some more but was fading fast. So I decided to go home, take a quick nap, shower, change and head back to the Con. Right? WRONG!! So very, very, VERY wrong!! Because I fell asleep WITHOUT SETTING MY ALARM. And when I woke up, it was 7:30 pm!! The StarTalk panel started at 7:45!! And I don’t live close enough to the Javits Center to have made it on time (I hate being late). So although I slept like a baby, I missed the rest of Day 1 and the chance to listen to the smooth voice of Neil DeGrasse Tyson live and in person.
So here are the lessons I learned on this first day of NYCC:
Wear comfortable clothes;
DON’T be afraid to cosplay or worry about looking silly because you won’t;
DON’T work the day/night before because you’ll be too exhausted to experience everything;
If you do have to work the day/night before and need a nap, SET YOUR DAMN ALARM.
That’s all for now folks. I promise to be refreshed and awake for the rest of NYCC. I’ll be live-tweeting during Day 2’s activities and also making my way to Anime Fest @ NYCC, since I know the bare minimum about anime. Stay tuned!
In the meantime, here are a few trailers that dropped during NYCC Day 1.
Stan Against Evil (Season 3 premieres Wednesday, October 31 at 10PM on IFC)
She-Ra and the Princesses of Power (Season 1 Debuts November 16, 2018 on Netflix)