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New York ComicCon 2012

New York Comic Con is a commercial event run by Reed Entertainment. The convention gets considerable support from industry, and the show is used to showcase video games, comics, movies, and any other such fandom-related goods. To this end, the exhibition hall is larger than all the other parts of the convention combined. The hall is split up into different sections, with large industry booths separate from smaller independent merchants. Even so, since there is one single main attraction, it gets crowded very quickly. At the busiest times, the crowd is so dense that even moving from one aisle to the next is difficult. Even at slower time, there will still be hour-plus waits for any exhibitor demonstration.

That's not to say the rest of the convention isn't quite worthwhile, too. With the convention as a media outlet, many industry participants bring big guests to promote their next project. For many people, it's a once-in-a-lifetime chance to meet and interaction with celebrities. In fact, the single individual most popular part of the convention in the IGN theater, which shows premieres for the newest and hottest games and movies all weekend, often with the producers, directors, and/or actors there to lead the show. Of course, this makes the lines to get in exceptionally long, and any single big event can take up half a day for many attendees.

Another unique aspect of New York Comic Con is that it closes each night, and relatively early (except for a very few special events that run late). For people who expect to have their day and evening filled by the convention, this is a bit of a surprise. Though the great city of New York is just outside, and there is no lack of things to do. Once a new subway line is completed, there will be a stop directly across from the Javitz convention center, making travel much easier than it is now. For the locals a night out on the town may not be a big deal, but for many non-New Yorkers it's a good excuse to go out and see the city.

In the end, New York Comic Con is much like San Diego Comic Con, both for better and worse. Many of the opportunities are the same, and being held in the Fall often makes new TV premieres a common event for the convention. The biggest names show up, but also the biggest waits and the biggest crowds. The convention con be enjoyed, though it's a much different experience than many people are probably familiar with.

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