Your Geek Survival Guide for NYCC 2017 from Sideshow!
Well, October is already upon us, and that means it’s time for another convention! That’s right, New York Comic Con is starting on October 5th, and this year is shaping up to be a doozy!
Sideshow Collectibles will be in attendance, unveiling our amazing new Spider-Verse statue line for the first time, showing off the Star Wars collectible Obi-Wan Kenobi Mythos figure, and handing out a ton of cool NYCC 2017 exclusive pins. Oh, and just wait till you see the [REDACTED] and the [TOP SECRET] that will totally blow your minds!
So what should you do to prepare for this trek through the east coast’s biggest comic convention? Have no fear, Sideshow is here to help you out. While much of the information from our previous convention coverage can be applied to multiple conventions, there are a few things specific to New York we felt you may want to know.
KNOW YOUR OFFSITE LOCATIONS
The first thing you need to know is New York Comic Con has gotten way too big to keep everything in one place. To combat this, the convention has decided to expand some of their programing to three off-site locations. These include the Madison Square Garden Theater, Manhattan Center’s Hammerstein Ballroom, and the Hudson Mercantile. All three of these locations are within a mile of the convention floor at Javits Center, and your standard comic con badge will give you access to any events or panels happening at these off-site locations.
If walking the near mile to the Hammerstein Ballroom or the Madison Square Garden Theater is too much for you, don’t fret. New York is famous for its public transit system and you shouldn’t have too much trouble finding a way to get where you need to be. Just make sure you give yourself plenty of time.
Also, the NYCC website has a detailed schedule of events available to view online, so you can find out which of these locations your favorite celebrity may be appearing.
Speaking of which…
KEEP UPDATED DAY TO DAY
As with any convention, the best thing you can do is keep yourself informed. You need to know where to go, when to go there, and plan your day ahead of time. Luckily, the New York Comic Con has an app just for that. If you download the app, and keep it updated each day, you will have all the latest news, which (let’s just admit) would put you one jump ahead of most the other attendees. They also have a special Twitter account that can let con-goers know when certain panels are full or if a few seats are still available.
If Sideshow news and events are a part of your goals for the show, our social media team will be on hand every day with secret giveaways and exciting product premieres. Be sure to subscribe to our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram feeds to get all the news as it happens direct from the Sideshow Booth!
CHECK YOUR WEAPONS AT THE DOOR
In past years, New York Comic Con has had a very strict policy about prop weapons for cosplayers. Basically, if it looked like a weapon in any way, you had to leave it at home. This year, it seems things may have loosened up a bit as they are allowing plastic/PVC props, lightsabers, bows without strings and arrows with foam tips, and prop firearms provided they look absolutely nothing like a real gun and do not shoot any sort of projectile. Keep in mind any item you bring will be thoroughly examined by security before entering, and if it doesn’t pass, you will be asked to take that exquisitely designed replica Conan axe back to your hotel room.
The Madison Square Garden Theater is even stricter with their fake weapon policy, only allowing cosplayers to bring in weapons/props that are made of foam or cardboard.
Also, drones and selfie sticks are not allowed at any of the convention locations.
We mentioned this in our previous guides, but it bears repeating. Be excellent to each other.
Conventions are fun, and it should be that way for everyone. Even if things don’t quite shake out your way, remember that kindness and respect go a long way in making your weekend, and everyone else’s, an enjoyable one.
And remember, cosplay is not consent. Always ask permission to take a picture with a cosplayer, and do not touch anyone unless they give you permission and/or instruction on how to do so when posing together. NYCC has a very strict no harassment policy, and you will get booted from the convention without refund if you violate it. Seriously, this is a zero tolerance policy, so be kind and respect your fellow convention explorers… or else!
So that about does it for things not covered in our previous survival guides. If you want to brush up on those tidbits, you can find them here on the Sideshow blog. New York is a large show, and it’s growing larger every year, but you should be able to manage your trip with some planning and preparation. It’s a bit of work, however it’s also the best way to help you make the most out of your trip!
And remember, Sideshow will be there with you every step of the way! Be sure to follow our social media feeds so you can see the spectacular new [EXTREMELY CLASSIFIED] before anyone else!