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Comics, Mangas, and New York…Oh My!

We are very proud to have guest writer Liz Tsygan here on Bravura Magazine and she has quite an interesting story to share with all our readers! This girl is very passionate when it comes to Comic Con. And what might this be? You'll just have to keep on reading to learn more about Liz, her passion, and Comic Con!


What happens in October with nearly 100,000 people in costumes? No, not Halloween. New York Comic Con is being held, once again, in the Jacobs Javits Center in New York on October 13 to 16 (Thursday – 4:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. [Press, Professionals, VIP, and 4-Day Tickets]; Friday & Saturday – 10:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M.; Sunday – 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.).

Now the million dollar question on everyone’s mind is: What in the world is New York Comic Con (NYCC)? The following has been borrowed from the NYCC website to answer that question. “New York Comic Con is the East Coast’s biggest and most exciting popular culture convention. Our show floor plays host to the latest and greatest in comics, graphic novels, anime, manga, video games, toys, movies, and television. Our panels and autograph sessions give fans a chance to interact with their favorite creators. Our screening rooms feature sneak peeks at films and television shows months before they hit either big or small screens. And with dedicated professional hours, New York Comic Con is a market place, bringing together the major players in the entertainment industry. New York Comic Con is the second largest pop culture convention in America and the only one that takes place in the comic book, publishing, media, and licensing capital of the world — Gotham City.” (NYCC Fan FAQs).

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Now what does all this mean? NYCC is where people can meet some of their favorite graphic novel artists, celebrity talent, or even web-comic artists. Anything is possible at NYCC, which is what makes it one of the largest conventions on the East Coast (Comic Con International also known as San Diego Comic Con is the largest on the West Coast.) This year an estimated number of 100,000 people are expected to attend, which is 4,000 more than last year. The first year NYCC was hosted in 2006, nearly 70,000 people bought tickets for the show. The show has been growing every year since.

For NYCC 2011, some amazing and phenomenal celebrity talent will be joining. The cast of Conan the Barbarian, being brought to the show by Celebrity Authentics, will be at the autographing tables on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. On those same days, the autograph tables will also have Kevin Sorbo (Hercules, Soul Surfer), Felicia Day (The Guild, Eureka), Lou Ferrigno (The Incredible Hulk), James Marsters (P.S. I Love You, Buffy the Vampire Slayer), and many more people. Want to know who exactly is popping into NYCC? Check out this link!

If the talent is not enough to hook a person into NYCC, then the Panels and Screenings definitely will. A healthy mix between educational and entertainment, the convention covers everything from the business of comics books to the entertainment value of them to questions and answer panels with the talent.

To read more of Liz’s blog, be sure to check out Comics of the USA and let us know what you think of her passion and style! And don’t worry, she’ll be back with plenty of more as the days come closer to New York Comic Con and post-Comic Con!