New York Comic Con

9- 12 Oc­to­ber 2014, New York Can the East Coast con top­ple San Diego?

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Conventions - Joel Mead­ows re­ports

In eight short years, New York Comic Con has gone from a show at­tract­ing 10,000 peo­ple to one that ri­vals – per­haps now dwarfs – its West Coast equiv­a­lent, San Diego Comic Con. This year’s NYCC was no ex­cep­tion: all the ma­jor comic com­pa­nies were rep­re­sented. DC fea­tured a raft of big cre­ators in­clud­ing their hot Bat­man team of Scott Sny­der and Greg Ca­pullo, the company’s Co- Pub­lisher Jim Lee and their Chief Cre­ative Of­fi­cer Ge­off Johns, as well as the head of the Ver­tigo im­print Shelly Bond. The company’s big­gest an­nounce­ment at the show was the un­veil­ing of Won­der Woman ’ 77, a dig­i­tal- first comic based on the Lynda Carter TV se­ries from the same pe­riod. It also cel­e­brated 75 years of Bat­man with a dis­play that showed off the Dark Knight’s cos­tumes from the past eight decades.

DC’s ri­val Mar­vel was also in attendance, with cre­ator Brian Bendis, the company’s Chief Cre­ative Of­fi­cer Chris Clare­mont and many more cel­e­brat­ing the 75th an­niver­sary of the House of Ideas. The company also an­nounced the launch of new Star Wars book Star Wars Kanan, writ­ten by Greg Weis­man and drawn by Pepe Lar­raz, set be­tween The Clone Wars and Rebels.

Other pub­lish­ers like IDW, Im­age and Dark Horse were very prom­i­nent, with IDW launch­ing their Man­hunter Artists Edi­tion with artist Walt Si­mon­son and Im­age con­tin­u­ing to en­joy the cross- me­dia suc­cess of The Walk­ing Dead. The show’s Artists Al­ley also fea­tured a host of big names in­clud­ing Adam Hughes ( Won­der Woman), Rafael Al­bu­querque ( Amer­i­can Vam­pire), An­drew Robin­son ( The Fifth Bea­tle) and De­clan Shalvey ( Moon Knight).

NYCC tends to be more TV- cen­tric than its San Diego cousin, so genre tele­vi­sion was well rep­re­sented with the cast and crew of Warner Bros’ Gotham and Con­stan­tine in attendance, as well as Syfy launch­ing its new 12 Mon­keys se­ries based on the movie of the same name. Ar­row’s Stephen Amell was at the show as were some of the cast of Mar­vel’s Agents of SHIELD. Film wasn’t left out: Weta Work­shop was in attendance, bring­ing a gi­ant Smaug as well as work­shop head Richard Tay­lor.

This four- day show has grown from a small acorn to an oak with num­bers that re­port­edly ex­ceeded those of SDCC this year. If you love comics and genre, whether that’s TV, film, print or games, then New York Comic Con has some­thing that will ap­peal to you. And you never know who’s go­ing to be hid­ing un­der that Spi­der- Man mask… www.newyork­comic­con.com

No, Doc. Bad Doc. Do not eat Spidey. No. In your bed!

Matt Ryan watches over the as­sem­bled NYCC crowd.

What’s in this Cap’s util­ity

belt?

We’re not sure who you’re meant to be, but full marks for ef­fort.

Wet Tobey Maguire: the best cos­tume.

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