Published on October 17th, 2016 | by jarrel sawyers1
New York Comic Con 2016 Recap madness
The great thing about October isn’t just Halloween but New York Comic Con! I headed out to this year’s convention and met up with a lot of great companies, some of my favorite cosplayers, and check out a couple games. Here’s are some highlights of the event.
Every year it seems like NYCC is getting bigger and busier. With events inside the Jacob Javitz Center to Madison Square Garden and even Time Square, that’s not even including after parties, it’s super hard to see everything. That’s why it’s important to plan your days and nights out as best you can, sad to say that even with the planning I’ve done it’s like I didn’t plan at all once I got there, even though I actually planned to attend 2 months in advance. Luckily this wasn’t our first convention and had a slight idea what I wanted to hit up and see.
To kick things off first stop was the gaming area, Square Enix, Capcom, Bandai Namco and DICE had booths that were set up and showed off some amazing things. A couple of companies that we’re surprised didn’t really have a showing was Ubisoft, especially since they have the new Assassin’s creed movie on the horizon, even more so Watchdogs 2, Ghost Recon Wild Lands, and even more so South Park: The Fractured But Whole. Lastly Atlus, which is super known for the Shin Megami Tensei series and the Persona series, which are great animated games and even great animated series. Some notable games on the show floor this time around were Final Fantasy XV, Dragon Quest Builders which was released on the 11th, Battle Field 1, Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, and a VR experience of Resident Evil which was impossible to get into.
Surprisingly or not so much there were a lot of different VR experiences, everything from the new HBO show Westworld, Amazon’s show Man in the High Castle, and even a John Wick experience, some if not all were constantly busy or required special tickets to attend the events if not press. Big presence as VR has become the ultimate push this year with the Playstation VR just releasing as well.
Besides the VR experiences they had a lot of merchandise booths. Booths ranging from everything to toys, comics, shirts, retro console games, commissioned artwork, and even artisan popcorn was available at the convention. I was happy to say that I got to visit one of my favorite clothing companies at the con, Musterbrand, if you haven’t heard of this company definitely look into it. My first time getting clothing from the company was with the Resident Evil anniversary collection when I picked up two of the Resident Evil hoodies. At the booth I got to work with Karrie, she introduced me to some of the different collections such as the Deus Ex, Star Wars, and Zelda collections. Their designs are one of a kind and the quality is top notch. I was lucky enough to get my hands on one of the last few Zelda Link Cape-Knitted hoodie. To top it off as I was checking things out I ran into Meg Turney which was already wearing the hoodie I was wearing Ryan Haywood from Rooster Teeth, and not soon after YouTube personality Steve Zaragosa from Source Fed Nerd right around the corner at the Stubborn Soda booth.
To say the least my visit to NYCC was amazing, and actually seeing celebrities that I would not have expected to see was awesome in itself. When they say anything can happen at Comic Con they really do mean it. If you ever get a chance to attend a Comic Con I highly suggest planning things out and finding out what’s going on in and around the convention center not just the days of but at least a week leading up to the convention.