New York Comic Con 2015 began for me in the usual way. Meeting first with David Gerstein and traveling to Manhattan's West Side and the Jacob Javits Convention Center.
Once there, we are faced with the ever present and enthusiastic crowds, a typically large percentage of which were cos-players and those who live to photograph them.
A few observations on this, if I may:
What do these elaborately costumed folks do in their off hours and in their secret identities? Do they keep the costumes in the closet for another year? Do they travel from con to con trotting-out the same "wares to wear"?
...I'd actually like to know, if anyone can enlighten me.
Just to my untrained eye, I noticed fewer Star Trek and X-Men costumes - and more Batman-related (if that's even possible), Anime, and Sword and Sorcery type characters.
Within the Batman subset, I have some additional observations:
Batman is always there, in one form or another. Most often, far and away, the "Dark Knight" version.
Robin and Nightwing are almost never represented.
There are ALWAYS many, many, Harley Quinns, Catwomen, and more persons than I'd ever seen before dressed as Poison Ivy! It seemed you almost could not walk more than a few feet without running into a "Poison Ivy"! Is there something that would account for "PI's" dramatically increased popularity this year?
Jokers and Riddlers are also seen in abundance - but not any other villains. I never see a Penguin, for instance. You'd think Scarecrow would be a natural for costuming. Mr. Freeze, Bane, or even King Tut and Egghead, if we care to consider the '66 TV Realm.
I saw someone cleverly dressed as Green Arrow, with a New York Jets jersey under his cloak! I guess that would make him (wait for it) "Gang Green Arrow"! That beats THIS COSTUME from 2013.
And, for Elaine, even The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl was represented by one inventive fan who went as far as to carry a stuffed squirrel posing as Squirrel Girl's companion "Tippy-Toe"!
Comics-wise, first stop was the IDW booth, to say hello to our editor Sarah Gaydos. Sarah was kind enough to see that I got one each of the Convention Edition covers of the first issues of DONALD DUCK and MICKEY MOUSE.
Check out some of the characters on those covers: Moby Duck, The Phantom Blot, Gus Goose, Chief O'Hara, Detective Casey, and so many more!
I found a dealer selling "All-Ages" comics from a spinner rack, from which I bought extra copies of my UNCLE SCROOGE # 3 and DONALD DUCK # 4!
...But that would be all the comics shopping for this first day!
Beyond that, I did reacquaint myself with a... er, "private label" DVD maker, who had several... er, "private label" DVD products of interest. As this individual, some years ago, had the absolute best collection of Quick Draw McGraw you are EVER likely to see (...barring some unexpected miracle of a release from Warner Achieves) I was happy to pick up a few more gems that are VERY UNLIKELY to ever see a legitimate release...
They are not perfect by any definition but, because they exist, some additional "holy grail series" are now in my collection.
Complete series for Augie Doggie, Pixie, Dixie, and Mister Jinks, and the ORIGINAL "Alvin Show" (the one with Clyde Crashcup - and the ONLY one I care about), 43 cartoons of Heckle and Jeckle, 21 of the Hanna-Barbera Laurel and Hardy, and 20 of the Hanna-Barbera Abbott and Costello!
As those 20 A&C cartoons do not include the ONE released on THIS SET, that means I have 21 of those too!
Also this week, I got the Atom Ant complete series from Warner Archives! Oh, if only I had a few months off to watch all this great stuff!
This just in while preparing this post! The Pixie, Dixie, and Mister Jinks set may or may not be complete (I'll have to check it against an episode guide), but it ends with... THREE Huckleberry Hound cartoons that have NOT been officially released on DVD!!!
Talk about an "Extra Feature"! The cartoons are "Huck Hound's Tale" with the now-politically incorrect Chief Crazy Coyote, "Nuts Over Mutts" with the snickering dog prototype for Muttley, and "Legion-Bound Hound" with a redesigned Powerful Pierre!
WOW! That's the fun of ... er, "private label" DVDs! You just never know what you've actually got until you watch them all the way through!
Dinner with David, Thad Komorowski, Disney Illustrator John Loter, and a brief appearance by Jonathan Gray, at our "unofficial hangout" Daisy May's BBQ USA, rounded out the evening.