Cosplayers and Gamers Blissfully Unite

by msuarts on October 18, 2012

By Mike Bufis and Scout Schiro, Contributing Writers

The 7th annual New York Comic Con occurred this past weekend, Oct. 11–14, at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City. Some well-known entertainers that appeared were Sean Astin (“Lord of the Rings”), Lou Ferrigno (“The Incredible Hulk”), Adam West and Burt Ward (the 1960s “Batman” TV series).

There was also the annual appearance of legendary comic book creator Stan Lee. Most attractions were featured every day. These included booths that showcased brand-new video games, such as “God Of War: Ascension,” “Assassin’s Creed 3” and “Resident Evil 6.” Marvel Comics had a very interesting booth where they introduced a new Massive Multiplayer Online (MMO) game called “Marvel Heroes.” At this booth, you were able to complete certain tasks to acquire points and exchange them for prizes. Everything at this booth was free for participants.

The largest attraction was for “The Walking Dead.” There were many panels and meet-and-greets just for the show, all of which included members of the cast and crew. It was the highlight of the weekend for many attendees.

As usual, Comic Con highlighted many comic book and graphic novel artists and writers in “Artist Alley.” Here, attendees were able to meet all the people responsible for developing their favorite comic book/graphic novel series and purchase some artwork by the artists.

All of the writers and artists were willing to sign whatever you brought them that they worked on. This aspect became very productive for many die-hard fans.

Cosplay and costuming was huge this weekend and spanned all types of media, from comics to video games, as well as animation and television shows.

The regular mainstays were present: Batman, Spiderman, etc. What was interesting, though, was the high volume of “Deadpool,” “Assassin’s Creed,” “Mass Effect” and “Game Of Thrones” cosplayers. Some costumes portrayed influential members of pop culture very well.

One element of Comic Con that was surprising was the amount of musicians that were also featured. One of  the most famous musician was Kirk Hammett, lead guitarist for Metallica.

On Friday he and a fellow horror movie-loving friend hosted a panel that promoted Hammett’s new book on classic horror movies and a Q&A.

On Saturday, Kirk hosted a meet-and-greet where he autographed his book. Overall, this year’s New York Comic Con was a massive success and plans have already begun for next year.

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