New York Comic Con Wrap Up or I Survived Another Comic Con

Pictures from New York Comic Con 2015.

For the full articles on my coverage of NYCC 2015 visit BlackSci-Fi.com or click on the links below.

Thursday/Friday or Saturday/Sunday

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It’s the Ten Con Commandments.

Things you will need for surviving and conquering Comic Con.

img-thing1) Bag – As I can’t fit everything into a Utility Belt, I prefer a backpack to help get around without tripping folks up behind me. Your bag should be big enough to carry your gear and NYCC booty.

2) Gear – Lines are killer, and the first casualty will be your feet. Good socks and insoles will help. Also, layer up. It might be cold outside and an oven in, or the reverse, temperature is a wildcard. Layers will give you flexibility in your comfort.

3) Food/snacks – Javits is expensive, period. There are a few bargains to be found and then they tend to have long lines. Bring your own food and eat on-line while waiting to get into a room. Snacks are good too for keeping up your energy.

4) Water – Any Fremen will tell you “water is the key to life.” Again, Javits is expensive and the money you spend on drinks could go to that collectible you’ve been hunting for the last year.

latest5) Power – Tweeting, Periscoping or Instagram will drain your batteries, bring chargers or backup batteries. At previous Cons I’ve seen folks selling rechargeable packs, but think Green Lantern needing to stay charged.

6) Rubber Bands – Silly right, you won’t need them. Wrong, posters will be handed out and a rubber band is the difference between cramped fingers and a free hand.

7) Extra bag – Unless you have a Tardis nearby or can find Atlas in your family tree, an extra bag will save your back.

8) Boards/bags – There are a ton of free comic handouts and you will want the bags to protect that zero issue when you shove it in your bag. Trust me it hurts your soul when you get home and that signed copy you stood on-line for an hour is dinged or ripped.

fistofdollars9) Cash – This isn’t the Federation, you need money. There are cash machines on site and most of the vendors can take cards, but the ATM fees are killer and you might be able to make a deal with cash, especially on Sunday when they want to dump as much stuff as possible. Also if you’re on a budget it helps when you have a set limit going into the day.

10) Humanity – Everyone should be there for good time. When people are pushing, shoving, harassing and just being general douche bag, it takes away from the fun.

Remember it’s a marathon, plan and pace is the key to success. If you can’t make it, I will be live streaming with Periscope (GC003) and tweeting (GCarmona3). Look for me.

Brooklyn Brewery Comic Con Brooklyn Defender Beer Launch Party 2015

20150909_194632Last night I attended the launch party of the Brooklyn Defender, a specialty beer made for New York Comic Con by Brooklyn Brewery. The party was co-hosted by New York Comic Con, BB Brew Master Garrett Oliver, and Comic Book Artist Khary Randolph, the designer of this years Defender.  On tap were the usual fair of beers, free capes, glasses and cosplay. 20150909_202823

Artist from last weeks Drink and Draw were encouraged to share their interpretation of the Defender and I was blessed to have my art adorn the walls of the party. Scroll down for a better look of the finished works.

Thanks to NY Comic Con, Brooklyn Brewery, Garrett Oliver and most of all to Khary for creating a cool ass character.

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Drink and Draw – Brooklyn Brewery Defender

Defender.5Last night was Drink and Draw NYC, a positive space where artists can come together and sketch a live model. Created and run by comic book artist Khary Randolph, last nights D&D had the distinction of being the 6th anniversary of the get together and also the unveiling of Brooklyn Brewery’s New York Comic Con specialty beer, The Brooklyn Defender.

Defender.2Each year, Brooklyn Brewery picks a comic book artist to design the look of the character for their bottle and this time the call went out to D&D’s very own Khary. To celebrate, Brooklyn Brewery was gracious enough to provide us with free samples of their specialty brew.

And I doubt it is necessary to state that when you offer folks free beer they will show up. Artists were asked to share their work based on model Atallah Divines cosplay of the character. The artwork will be on display at Brooklyn Brewery’s official launch party for the Defender next week. Also, I just got word that I will have two pieces on display based on these sketches, if you’re unable to attend the party look for the final versions here, next week.

Again thanks to Brooklyn Brewery for the beer, as well as Khary Randolph and the souls of Drink and Draw NYC for helping me to stay creative. Here’s to more beer and more art.

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