Well, as you've probably noticed, the CBR crew has traveled to New York City to attend the New York Comic-Con, 2007 edition. It's cold outside - a high of maybe 38 during the day, 24 at night - and for this Los Angeles resident, well, that's entirely too damned cold. Although, I will say this, it's not nearly as cold as it was last year, but when you're used to 75 degree weather and sunny skies 300-310 days of the year, cold like this drives me nuts.
But, enough about my inability to withstand a little bit of the much chilliness, let's talk about the con. NYCC 2007 day one seemed to go off relatively smoothly. I got to the show around 2:00 in the afternoon, two hours before it opened to the public. It was fairly light before 4:00 as it was just industry pros and book sellers and buyers roaming the halls and that was OK. It allowed everyone a chance to get the lay of the land.
The hall is twice as large as it was last year, but really that's not saying a lot since last year's hall was of the ultra tiny variety. This larger hall does allow anchors like the Marvel and DC booths much more very needed space. The aisles are, for the most part, larger than they were last year, which allows for better traffic flow. Artists Alley isn't on the main con floor, but upstairs in another, smaller convention room. I was a little concerned prior to the show being opened up to the public that Artists Alley would be a wasteland, but the wide variety of top and emerging creators proved to be a nice draw, as I would learn later in the day.
When the doors opened up at 4:00, the convention center began to fill. By 6:00 pm, it was pretty packed, what you'd expect from a busy convention. Artists Alley did become a bit of a mess, with smaller aisles they got bollixed up easily. After a while the convention had to begin limiting traffic going upstairs, which resulted in a long line at the escalators that crossed the lobby and back into the Marvel booth, which couldn't have been fun for Marvel, but it was the right decision to make. It was very difficult to move around in Artists Alley and limiting traffic flow was the only appropriate thing to do.
Saturday's sold out and if traffic is much increased from today, it could be another mess like last year's show. But, the New York Comic-Con has been careful in not over selling tickets to this years show and have made every effort to avoid the problems seen last year, including a shut down by the City Fire Marshall. Can that be avoided a second year in a row? Well, I guess we'll find out.
All in all, it was a good first day for the 2007 edition of the New York Comic-Con and now it's time to show you a bit of that in pictures.