|(Hey Look, Times Square!)|
|(Day 1 at the Jacob Javits convention center)|
|(I took this pic. a second too late, the previous picture said "Welcome to the 2010 New York Comic Con and Anime festival".)|
|(An ad. for an Avenger's cartoon across the street)|
|(The Walking Dead series is a major highlight of the 2010 convention)|
|(Gaming is also a major player at the Con. Marvel vs. Capcom 3 being one of the main attractions this year.)|
Day one starts on Friday afternoon for the general public, but yours truly was able to score some press passes from some friends, so we had an opportunity to get in there early. It's nice to be at the Con during the "professionals only" portion of the event because it's quiet, you can talk to people working in the booths and get a general feel of where everything is taking place and where you need to go.
|(Walking by the Intel area)|
|(Checking out some of the independent booths over in Artist's Alley)|
|(Enjoy this now, in an hour or so it will be crowded)|
We kept walking for awhile checking out some interesting stuff like a life-sized signed Spider-Man picture with Spidey's head cut out by legendary artists John Romita Sr.and John Romita Jr.
|(Of course I then stuck my head in it for a picture-- yes, I am this pale.)|
Geoff Johns' Panel
|(Gah! The lightning was horrible. You'd think I be there to listen to some smooth jazz instead of hearing a comic book panel)|
- Not really a Geoff John's only announcement but DC has decided to drop it's $3.99 cover prices back to $2.99. Marvel is also doing the same with their comics.
- On a fan question about Christopher Nolan's comments that the upcoming Superman movie will have no connections to the Batman universe created by Nolan's Batman Begins and The Dark Knight and whether DC will ever have a similar movie merger like Marvel's The Avengers, Johns noted that he believes DC characters are better than Marvel (more iconic?) and that smushing multiple DC characters in a film to just do it would hurt the film.
- Had a big role in consulting for the upcoming Green Lantern film with a highlight of talking to director Martin Campbell and actor Mark Strong (Sherlock Holmes, RocknRolla, Kick-Ass) about the character of Sinestro (Strong will be Sinestro) for a few hours.
- He finished (or I had to leave) talking about the Flash and Aquaman. I enjoyed Johns' comments on writing characters. He said something that most characters are A list characters and hey only become B list characters when people write them that way. Johns also mentioned that he'd love to do a scene where Aquaman re-joins the Justice League of America and becomes the leader of the team.
So I headed back upstairs to meet Robert Kirkman. The line was crazy but I finally got to meet him and grab a picture.
I know I've only mentioned The Walking Dead about fifty times on these NYCC posts but I really think it's worth checking out the series. Right now, it's the only comic series I'm reading. Also, please check out The Walking Dead on AMC starting Halloween Night. AMC has made some great shows already and I think The Walking Dead will join that group.
Here's some final pictures as I was leaving the Image booth after the Kirkman signing.
|(Erik Larsen let me take a picture for the blog)|
I then decided to head over to where the Mrs. was in line to get author Sherrilyn Kenyon's autograph. In the process I took some more pictures. This time of various people in costumes. What's a comic con without people in their favorite character's costumes?
|(A Predator attacking a fan)|
|(More Predator fun)|
|(A friend of Dr. Strange here was telling me that it had taken them 2 hours to get across the exhibition room because everybody stopped him to take pictures)|
|(I think this was for a Spider-Man video game)|
|(I was digging these henchmen costumes [from the Venture Bros.], they were digging my RIP Henchmen 24 shirt. Good times had by all.)|
|(not my best photo work here, sorry)|
|(and my autograph)|
The first panel featured Bruce Timm ( right, Batman: The Animated Series) and Michael Jelenic (left, Wonder Woman) talking about a few new animated movies coming from DC including a Superman/Black Adam/Shazam! short and a animated version of Grant Morrison's All Star Superman.
|(from L to R: Macaulay Culkin, Matthew Senreich, Claire Grant and Seth Green)|
|(Jackson Publik (left) and Doc Hammer (right))|
End of Day 1......Recaps for Day 2 and Day 3 coming soon.