Overview of New York Comic Con

Article by: Alfonso Syquia

From October 6th to 9th, people from around the world gathered together in the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center to attend the highly awaited New York Comic Con (NYCC), the biggest pop culture event on the East Coast of the United States. While some were clad in costumes of their favorite characters, most attended to see their favorite actors and gain new knowledge on anticipated returns of TV shows or upcoming movies through panels and exclusive content.

Junior Cameron C. was able to catch the Netflix panel where new Marvel shows such as Iron Fist, The Punisher, and The Defenders were introduced. “I’m very intrigued by the upcoming series because I enjoyed watching the previous Marvel-Netflix series such as Daredevil and Jessica Jones,” he explains.

Similarly, junior Aayush G. also expressed his excitement for the upcoming series. “[Netflix] showed a trailer for Iron Fist, and I really liked that!” When asked about the Iron Fist trailer, Cameron C. says, “Both the cinematography and editing look great so I have high hopes that the show won’t disappoint.”

Though Marvel fans were able to get more insight on upcoming productions, Marvel’s biggest rival, DC, unfortunately fell short during this year’s NYCC. Because movies such as Wonder Woman and Justice League are coming out in 2017, many fans were expecting to see more content. “I was slightly disappointed that there were no new trailers for any of DC’s movies,” says Aayush G. However, he adds that, “They did have a lot of comic book stuff though, and that’s definitely better than nothing!”.

Other notable panels include that for Stranger Things, the 80s-inspired Netflix thriller that has taken the world, and many ISM students, by storm. Though Millie Bobby Brown, who plays Eleven, and David Harbour, who plays Chief Hopper in the series, mainly kept quiet regarding Season 2, any fan of Stranger Things will appreciate creating theories based on the little information that they did give away.

However, panels are not the sole attraction of NYCC. Many attendees of the event create extravagant costumes based on their favorite comic book icons. The recent release of the Suicide Squad movie definitely had an impact on the costumes that appeared this year. There were almost 100 variations of Harley Quinn walking in the convention center! With costumes that ranged from Peter Griffin from Family Guy to Penguin from the Batman series, NYCC definitely didn’t disappoint in the cosplay department.

Though the convention has just ended, there’s no doubt that super-fans and cosplayers alike are anticipating next year’s NYCC in the hopes that it will bring even more exclusive content of their favorite shows.