BWW Special Feature: One Fangirl and Her Day Inside NY COMIC CON's Saturday Panels
NYCC The Walking Dead
First of all I would like to say "HELLO!" Hello to new readers and fangirls (and boys) alike. NYCC is truly an awesome experience and if you haven't gotten the chance to go to a con you should really try in the future. But for those 3,000 of us that did go to panel screenings on Saturday this article will be a lovely recount of the hours of waiting...waiting...and more waiting until Norman Reedus blessed many a swooning woman with his presence. And if you dont know who Norman Reedus is...then you probably don't watch The Walking Dead. And if you don't watch The Walking Dead...well you should probably start.First of all you need to know these things about NYCC and me in general:
1. I. LOVE. THE. WALKING. DEAD. I have many a funko pop zombie figurine that can attest to this. Why else would I sit in a theatre for more than 7 hours just to see the cast?
2. The rule of the Mainstage Theatre is this; once you're in, you're in. You can stay there all day and wait for the panel you want, and hop around the room for better seats. This being said, if the panel you want to see is The Walking Dead at 6:30pm- and nearly everyone who goes to the panel on Saturday is there just for that-you need to get there early. And I mean you need to be at the Javitz Center ready to run before doors even open.
3. At panels and events there are these wonderfully awkward things that happen called Q&A's. This is where fans can ask the cast and creators of shows any question they want. Sometimes it ends up great, and for the most part fans ask really introspective questions and it's an all-around good time for the audience. But every once and awhile there is a fan who asks a member of the cast to sign something or take a look at their work or some shameless self-promotion. There are no words for how much second hand embarrassment is felt by the audience. DON'T DO IT.
4. Don't be a douche. One would think this is just a rule of interacting with people in public but no, some do indeed choose to defy this social norm. Please be nice.
5. Leave the kids at home. And by kids I mean any child under 12. They don't do well sitting for long periods of time. And to be honest, unless the child really watches the show and loves it, there is no reason they need sit through the fans of rules #3 & 4. Also-and I can't believe I have to say this, but actually-DON'T BRING BABIES TO COMIC-CON!!!!!!!!!!!!!
And now with that out of the way, it's time to recount a day in the life of a Walking Dead Fangirl:
9:00am: Leave for the Javitz Center. As many a native New Yorker know, the Javitz Center is out of the way with only one convenient subway near it. This 1,2,3, subway line however is not convenient for me. So, dressed in my batman shirt, beret, and Wonderwoman backpack, I made the treck to 11th Avenue amongst the stares of many a tourist and young child.
9:40am: Literally standing outside the Javitz Center. The conversations and complaints from others who cosplayed...priceless.
10:10: Doors opened and I rushed down to the panel room for the queue hall to the Mainstage. I'm very small so running was neither a hindrance, nor did it hurt other con-goers. Score 1 for the shorties.
10:40am: Frantically texting my friend that I'll save her a seat once inside. And when I say frantically texting I'm serious. Little known fact of the Javits Center; below the show floor (the floor where all the money changes hands; from comics to jewelry) there is no reception, let me repeat. THERE. IS. NO. RECEPTION. It is a death trap to your phone. Do yourself a favor and put that thing on airplane mode so your battery doesn't completely die once you leave. You'll thank me later.