This past weekend I attended Special Edition: NYC at the Jacob Javits Center. I was promoting myself and my work in Artist Alley, and I enjoyed the experience.
I met lots of cool people and saw friends and fellow artists. This convention was not as crowded as Wizard World or Awesome Con which was refreshing in a way. It focused on the artists and writers in comics. Special Edition: NYC is an offshoot of New York Comic Con, which has become a fierce competitor for San Diego Comic Con when it comes to crazy crowds and media guests. This “special edition” was much less intimidating than NYCC and it was easy to walk around to find what you’re looking for.
There wasn’t much that I didn’t enjoy about the show. The convention area was freezing at times, they should have called it “Special Edition: Hoth”, haha. It didn’t seem too cold during the busy moments of the show. I also noticed that some of the staff members were more interested with speaking to the “top talent” about any concerns and such. The staff members and videographers were also fans of the top artists and writers, so they were set on giving those creators more video time and attention in order to promote the convention.
Here’s a weird moment, On Sunday I walked by the Hot Flips booth for questions on their products. I asked if they had a business card or web address I can visit. The rep was nice and answered some questions but suggested I visit the website for more detailed information. He then said that if I wanted to, that I could email him so we could “go out for tea or crumpets”. I thanked him for the product information and walked away. I was a bit flabbergasted that happened.
I’m not sure if I will return to Special Edition: NYC next year. I’m getting a feeling that it may be much more difficult for artists like myself to get accepted to exhibit in artist alley. Who knows?
My first time exhibiting in New York City was very exciting and I honestly hope I can do it again in the future. Below are some photos from the weekend. Enjoy!