"I want to see Emma Frost and Loki have a pillow fight!"
The raucous statement echoes anonymously in a large, industrial room filled with 500 people at 2009 New York Comic Con
. Each of the 500 in attendance laughs because they are well aware that a)
Emma Frost is a fictional bleach-blonde mutant telepath who notoriously flaunts a leather Victorian corset. She is
also a comic-book character. They're also aware that b)
Loki is a the Norse Goddess of Trickery who often fights the Asgardian
God of Thunder, Thor. She was once male before morphing into an
extremely attractive female (magical possession, not transgender
surgery, was the modus operandi). (S)he is also a fictional comic-book
character. And the thought of both of them hitting each other with
pillows is, indeed, a bit ridiculous.
later, a 20-something male hipster peels off his shirt to reveal a
square-foot tattoo of the Iron Fist insignia on his chest, most
commonly recognized on the torso of billionaire kung fu master Danny
Rand. The audience is borderline jubilant, with a rare form of
tourettes (sans profanity...for the most part) manifesting itself in a
notable percentage of the spectators.
This is all taking place at Marvel's Dark Reign
and in 12 additional neighboring rooms at the convention. This is the
type of behavior you will see, and see only, at a comic convention: a
complete lack of inhibition where one of American culture's most
idiosyncratic mediums is adulated to asinine extremes.
was there to witness as thousands of comic book, sci-fi and fantasy
fans swarmed upon the Jacob Javits center last weekend. Here are the
most memorable draws from this year's New York Comic Con:10. DC Universe Online
brand new MMO for the PC aims to wrap the World of Warcraft formula in
bright spandex and kevlar with a host of familiar superheroes and
villains. The playable demonstrations on the show floor and panel
displayed crisp, grand guignol showdowns between customized characters
and icons such as Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman. The game's
development team includes industry veterans Geof Johns, Jim Lee and
Marv Wolfman to instill every pixel with DC-authentic design and story.
Physical exercise and human contact as we know them are about to take a nosedive if
this game lives up to its addictive potential.
9. The Show Floor Costumes
a man dressed up in a Chewbacca costume gets more attention than Pater
Mayhew, the actual actor who played Chewbacca, rest assured that
you're witnessing months of labor and toil into a tailored masterpiece
of homage. Although a solid number of attendees dressed as their favorite
alter-alter egos, below were my favorites. Note: I have no clue what
the last costume was, but if it was any more Japanese it would grow
strobing motion lines and break out in a J-Pop anthem.
"YOU WOULDN'T LIKE ME WHEN I'M MACHETE!"
"Mention the '78 holiday special and I twist"
8. The Industry Legends
the con focused primarily on the current trends and innovations of
modern comics authors, a surprising number of the medium's golden and
silver-aged pioneers showed up as well. Neal Adams (Green Lantern, X-Men
), Art Spiegelman (Maus)
Carmen Infantino (Golden-Age Batman
) and George Perez (JLA
were just a few of the graphic-art forefathers present. I was
personally elated to meet Bryan Bolland, one of DC comics legendary
cover artists. Long before Heath Ledger channeled The Joker as a
homicidal maniac, Bolland and writer Alan Moore produced The Killing Joke,
a definitive and profoundly disturbing depiction of the villain. Below is an original sketch from the convention.