NYCC09: Friday’s First Impressions
My Experience at the New York Comic Con 2009 on Friday
Just getting into the show proved to be one of the biggest challenges of the day. Despite passes being offered in advance as early as Wednesday, it seemed most waited until today and probably with good reason: the Jacob K. Javits Center is just too far out of the way for a casual visit (by mass transit, it requires a substantial ride by subway followed by a micro-substantial bus transfer – at least for me anyway). I arrived to an incredibly long and intimidating line (here I’m thinking Space Mountain, maybe even post-refurb). When I thought I was being offered some reprieve by security who started sending folks upstairs, starting with me, it turned out I was being sent to another full line. All in all it took probably about an hour to get my credentials, but I must say this show has grown a lot in terms of size and maturity and they handled it all very well.
The environment was in fact so controlled that I admit I was even a little disappointed at the rate that guests poured in once the doors opened at 1:00. It turns out that the guests were being routed through a very long queue to gain admission to the con (now I’m thinking Toy Story Mania).
So I managed to have a couple of hours to check out the floor before the first panel I wanted to attend began, so here’s afew things I found that interested me.
As soon as I entered the show, the first thing that caught my eye was this large van advertising Rockstar Games’ Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars for the Nintendo DS.
Here’s clubNAMCO who drew a lot of attention mostly for their Pac-Man heads. If you’ve had your fill of Hannah Montana merchandise and are yearning for the good ol’ days when movies only cost 60 dimes, clubNAMCO offers tons of merchandise featuring the circular yellow icon and his fiending undead friends.
The highly anticipated Ghostbusters from Atari:
The upcoming Watchmen film at the DC Comics booth: