NYCC: ‘Con’ned In New York City

August 31st, 2016 | by Linda Marie
NYCC: ‘Con’ned In New York City
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NYCC (New York Comic Con) has few fans as big as our own Linda White. Here, Linda lays out her love for New York’s Comic Con in her first opinion piece for ComiConverse.

NYCC: ‘CON’NED IN NEW YORK CITY!

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Credit: New York Comic Con

I blame New York Comic Con for stealing my life. I was perfectly fine to sit back and enjoy watching my favorite superheroes use their powers to fight evil on the big screen. A great weekend to me meant treating myself to some quality binge watching. Game of Thrones, Daredevil, Arrow, Agents of Shield, to name a few, always worked to help unwind. I was never one to pass up a Lord of the Rings marathon either. I should live in Middle Earth. They were my personal escape into another world; a fantasy filled with action, excitement, intrigue and conflict topped-off with a bit of darkness.

No one was aware of my secret fandom obsessions. I quietly embraced my inner-geek goddess, afraid to release her into the world for fear of rejection. Yet, I truly desired to connect with those that shared my interests. I wanted to discuss my heartbreak over the Game of Thrones Red Wedding (I miss you Robb!), share the thrill of Matt Murdock as he turned into an ass-kicking vigilante, discuss and debate why one should be on Team Cap or Team Iron Man.

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Where could these people be found?

I had heard about comic conventions but never thought they were a place where I would fit in. I viewed comic cons as only a place for nerdy guys, who I’ve always considered awesome by the way, with a deep knowledge of the comic book universe. Sadly, I was never exposed to comic books as a child and well, (insert shameless Lord of the Rings reference here)”I am no man!”. And what was cosplay anyhow?

It was a term I actually had to look up!

The only time I ever put on a costume was for Halloween. All this made me feel as if I could never be accepted into the comic con way of life. I could not have been more wrong.

Misconceptions led me to using social media as a means to reach out to others that shared my fandom interests. It felt great being able to relate without risk of being ridiculed. I was finally able to be my true self. Oddly enough, it was through social media that I began to learn more about the comic con scene. Convention updates about celebrities, social events, cosplayers, writers, and artists were posted by people from all walks of life, including people like me. I suddenly felt as if I could fit into this world after all! I needed to see for myself what it was all about. What better place to begin my convention journey than at one of the biggest pop culture events around, New York Comic Con 2015. The extensiveness of NYCC’s popularity shocked me as I experienced the challenge of obtaining these highly coveted tickets. Perseverance paid off though and I was thrilled to be attending my very first comic convention! What I did not know is how it would alter my life forever.

The enormity of NYCC was overwhelming yet exciting. The air was electric. I had a plan in mind of all that I wanted to see and do but found myself quickly yet pleasantly distracted by all the fascinating people that surrounded me. Interacting and connecting with fellow fans was more than worth the price of admission. I actually enjoyed waiting in a long lines because it gave an opportunity to get to know those around me. Everyone had a story to tell and I wanted to hear them all! I was enthralled by the cosplayers that were more than happy to stop for a photo in their elaborate costumes. I was captivated by the creative people willing to reach out and discuss their craft. My heart filled with happiness as I watched fans meet their favorite celebrity, illustrator, writer or artist for the very first time. It is these moments that will stick in my mind forever. I knew this was the beginning of something I wanted to make part of my life for years to come.

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NYCC Cosplay In Full Force! Credit: Linda White

I realized I had found my passion (ok, slight addiction) and I was hooked. Since NYCC 2015 I’ve had the opportunity to attend several other fantastic conventions including; Heroes and Villains FanFest (twice), East Coast Comic Con, Wizard World, and Walker Stalker Con. Each convention has its own unique identity and I will happily explore these in future articles. The feeling that you are part of one big crazy and unique family is something all conventions have in common. Everyone, no matter who you are, is welcomed warmly and without judgment. The best part is now combining the use of social media with the convention experience to maintain connection with the incredible people I’ve met from all over the world.  My future hope is to provide my fellow fans (my family) with inside scoops to the variety of comic conventions, both big and small, held throughout the year. I will interview and feature amazing artists, cosplayers, fans, celebrities and those people working hard behind the scenes to make it all happen.

I could write so much more about my NYCC experience but instead will save that for this year’s attendance. Is it October yet?!

NYCC introduced me to a world of pop culture fun, imagination, excitement, and creative people. I guess should I thank New York Comic Con for stealing my life.

Now, let’s all get ‘Con’ned together!

Keeping You Comic Con-nected!

 

Linda White is a Contributor to ComiConverse. Follow her on Twitter: @LindaMW87

Source: New York Comic Con

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