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NYCC 101 – an Introductory Class

September 24, 2010

Class Code: NYCC 0101

Class Name: New York Comic-Con 2010/ 101

Hulk! Are you chewing gum again!?

Class times: October 8th, 9th, 10th  from 10am until ‘I fall down o’clock’

Class Location: Jacob Javits Center NY, NY

Class description: An introduction to basic Super Heroing concepts, theories, and methods. Students in the course will be encouraged to develop an understanding of the connection between Super Powers, Arch Nemeses, Secret Lairs, Super Group Dynamics and Secret Origin History. Course content will include an examination of Alien Civilizations living among us, how to avoid creating tangent parallel universes, Evil doppelgängers, sidekick survival tactics, how to make mad scientists nice again, and culture (and the relationship between these six concepts), the accidental super power-up process, the major and minor secret identity reveals and their impact, the nature of inequality in a super world, and the social impact. Extra credit – training a super pet.

Credit Hours:

Robert Lee

Meets the following Gen Ed requirement(s):
Geeking out & Behavior

Other courses you might be interested in:

HZA 204 – How to survive a zombie attack – MWF 10 – 12

NU 107 – Discover New Universes – TR 1130 – 145

DDS 102 – The Dewey Decimal System – W 10 – 645

But seriously, I want to go over what you, as a super geek. need to do to prepare for the New York Comic Con 2010 which is coming up fast. A lot of people make a fundamental mistake when going to a show of this size, which is to not plan at all. If you don’t plan, by the end of the weekend you’ll find yourself lying in a corner of the Javits center malnourished, in need of hydration, and realizing you didn’t get to meet Stan Lee, and wouldn’t that just plain suck?

So I have a few pieces of advice.

1. Do not go  for just one day.  Take the whole weekend. There is so much to do at this show. Nothing repeats. There are no encores. If you miss something it never happens again. Get a weekend pass and just enjoy it. I used to go to some of the smaller shows, but now I just don’t see the point. The only two shows in NYC that I attend are NYCC and the Mocca fest.

2. Look at the schedule (here) in advance. Base your weekend around what matters most to you. There are screenings, panels, educational seminars, demos, meet-n-greets, and much more. Figure out what YOU want to do because it gets very overwhelming when you walk in and it is wall to wall people and they all want to get to different events, or worse, they all want to go to the same event as you.

Joker, Riddler and Harley

3. Once inside give yourself twice the amount of time to get from one place to the other that you would expect. Why? Because it will take that long.  Maybe even longer.

4. Always get to the panel or screening that you want to see early. There WILL be a very long line. You might not get in.

5. Basics to bring:  A fully charged cell phone.  Camera batteries.  Spare camera batteries.  Spare spare camera batteries.  Healthy snacks  like granola or cliff bars and water. The snack bar and cafeteria food in the Javits Center leaves something to be desired, like vitamins and nourishment. Last year I had a plate of spaghetti, and I swear they put ketchup on it.  There is a Starbucks, but you’ll crash out on caffeine by the beginning of day 2.  Gum.  There is nothing worse than bad breath when waiting in a line with your fellow  geeks.

The red shirt is pretty enthused, considering he'll probably die any moment...

6. Comfortable shoes are key. By the end of Day 3 you’ll thank me.  The other festival goers will be limping like the walking dead, but you’ll be fine in your Dr. Scholl’s boosted cross trainers.

7. Some things I learned – Best place to nap. Go to the IGN theater when they are screening something that won’t hold your attention.  Best Bathroom with shortest line – on the second floor near the FedEx kiosks.  Best Food – Starbucks.  I ate pumpkin bread the whole weekend last year which I would not recommend for anyone, but it was alright.

8. Do not bring stacks and stacks of books for people to sign. For one, it is obnoxious, and two, they get heavy. I know someone who put a full box of Spider-man comics in front of Mark Bagley a few years ago.  Mr. Bagley looked at the box, then up at my acquaintance and said “What are you some sort of asshole?”  It was classic.

9. Booth Babe Etiquette – Just be a gentleman.  They are there to push a product.  None of them want to be your girlfriend.  This isn’t Scores.

Bat Mite!

Spider-man meet the Black Cat and her sisters Chat Noir and Gato Negro

The Super Women of DC Comics - They make it classy.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. September 28, 2010 3:54 pm

    I wish wish wish I could go to this – These are my people!
    Have a fantastic time : )

    Also, from a former librarian, hooray for the Dewey reference! …That reminds me, I must purchase that “Born to be filed” t-shirt from that archivist site.

  2. September 29, 2010 4:52 am

    Also, this was the first ever Star Wars convention in Cork: Ireland has changed a lot since the 90s 🙂

    Looking forward to reading your article post-NYCC!

    • September 29, 2010 6:11 am

      Very cool! I’ve never been to a Star Wars con. I have been to the Star Wars Celebration weekend in Disney World. Star Wars Fans are always fun.

      • September 29, 2010 1:36 pm

        A Star Wars Celebration weekend in Disney World? Jesus Tap Dancing Christ. That sounds like the most heavenly weekend ever! If that’s what atheist heaven is like, I’ll be a very happy heathen.

      • September 29, 2010 3:33 pm

        Hahahahahahahahaha! “Jesus Tap Dancing Christ” is now a permanent part of my vocabulary. It was fun. They do it every year now. My Brother used to work for the Disney corp at ABC and he got us discounts everywhere. Fun and kind of addicting place.

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