I updated this with more info at 7:30pm Tuesday night.......
OK con kiddies, I head to NYC tomorrow to start building the big show for all of you (really, I don’t build it, an army of union laborers build it, while I tiptoe in between forklifts and scissor lifts hoping to not get yelled at by any of them). This means that we are in the final stretch run to what is shaping up to be the largest NYCC ever – and largest by a long shot. We’ve got the entire Javits Center to spread out in (that’s about a million square feet, in case you are counting) and ticket sales are still about 105% ahead of last year.
So with all that extra space, bigger show floor (40% more exhibit space), more panels (nearly 350 in all), more guests (artist alley is over 350 table this year!) etc, you are bound to get confused, lost, maybe even wet, cold and hungry, so let me attempt to help with my annual Tips & Tricks From Lance post. Also, I hope you will read this before you send me an email asking a question that I’ve already answered here. Lance helps those who help themselves.
Here’s a handy little map, that you probably can’t read, but that’s OK, I’ll break it down for you. The exhibit floor is on the 3rd level. The uptown side (Halls 3 A&B) are just exhibits and dealers the downtown side (Hall 3E) are more exhibits, artist alley, autograph alley, the Intel Extreme Masters Booth and the Variant Stage.
Level 1 is where all of the panel and screening rooms are. The downtown end (Hall 1E) are the NYAF panel and screening rooms plus our Anime artist alley and the uptown side (Hall 1A) are the NYCC panels and screening rooms. The IGN Theatre is located in between the two panel rooms areas (Hall 1D).
Here’s a fun fact. What convention center in New York City is undergoing 7 years of renovations to update it and repair its famously leaky roof? Why the only convention center in NYC, of course, The Javits Center!
So what does this mean for you? Not much, other than the big exhibit hall on level 3 is actually 2 exhibit halls with short walk ways connecting them. That’s all.
Where to Get Your Tickets
Fans who have barcodes or need to buy tickets – Use the entrance “upstairs”, closest to 35th Street. Walk inside and you’ll see our registration counters.
Exhibitors, Professionals & Speakers – Your registration area is “downstairs” on level 2. Use the entrance near 37th street.
Entering The Show
Because we can't let tens of thousands of people into the show all at once, we will use hall 1C downstairs as the queuing hall. Once the show opens we will empty out that hall and then all doors will open.
VIP's & Pros
You have your own entrances! VIP can line up at the bottom of the escalator in front of 3A to get in first. Pro's can line up at the bottom of the escalator in front of 3B to get in.
Pick Up Your Tickets Early
Here are the hours that registration will be open. You can come by any time to get your badges (either to purchase or pick one up you have already purchased). It’ll save you some time.
The IGN Theatre Line Up
Don't miss what's happening on the biggest stage NYCC has to offer. Click here for the most recent line up.
Get The Ap
We built a pretty cool ap for the Android and the iPhone that’ll make sure you have all of the up to date info. You can download it by clicking here.
Make a Customized Schedule
You can search panels, events and exhibitors by subject, category day and time, but even better you can add all of it to your own customizable planner so you know where to be and when to be there so you don’t miss anything. Start your customized schedule now.
See what the show floor looks like, where the cool exclusives are, and plot your course though the maze of cool that s NYCC. Plus, as I already told you, you can add all the booths you want to visit to your own planner. Click here to get started!
Cool NYCC Merch
We’ve made some cool new tee’s and toys for you this year that you should take a look at. Me wants a hoodie. Click here to see it all.
There are a ton of pop culture icons of all varieties that will be signing. Some a free, some are paid some are ticketed. Check out our autograph page right here to scroll through the latest list.
Don’t Forget The In Booth Signings
If you can’t figure out where your favorite artist is signing at NYCC and you’ve looked through all the guides, scoured online and still don’t have a clue, try looking up the publishers web site. A lot of personalities and artists are signing in an exhibitor’s booth. While we ado our damnest to get you that info, sometimes we don’t even know.
Who has the cool limited edition, signed and numbered killer exclusives? We’ve done our best to compile a list for you of all the one’s we know about. Click here to see catalog.
You've Got To Eat
There is a food court on level 2 outside the IGN Theatre. Its not too bad if you like $8 hot dogs! Better yet, pack a snack or try the Greek place way back in the corner, it's the best thing there.
Here are a few shindigs that I’m aware of, and while we are not organizing them, they do sounds pretty fun….
Rock Comic Con – Indie Spinner Rack is doing a really fun, late night nerd rock concert with some great bands, Kirby Krackle, Fortress of Attitude and my own, H2Awesome! The event is being hosted by FUSE TV's Steven Smith (Steven's Untitled Rock Show!), a comedian, VJ and comic book afficionado in his own right. Details can be found right here.
Unofficial NYCC After Party – Had a fan (Chris Pacicca) ask me if we were doing an after party. I told him my after party was sobbing in exhaustion alone on my couch with a beer around Midnight on Sunday night, Chris took matters into his own hands. What can’t you all be more like Chris? Perdition (692 10th Ave) form 9 until whenever.
The CBLDF NYCC & Liberty Kick Off Party - What: CBLDF's NYCC Welcome Party. When: Thursday, October 7 from 8 to 10pm Where: Village Pourhouse - 366 W. 46th St. Who: Anyone who is 21 and over - IDs will be checked! Why: Support Free Speech, Mingle With Top Creators, and Enjoy free food and gifts!
My Voice In Your Head, My Words in Your Brian
I did a chat last week with my pals at Comic Geek Speak. I swear and I discuss my pants – oh yeah, and we talk NYCC. Click hear to listen to me prattle on.
My pal Rick Marshall at MTV.com did a fun interview with me that you can read right here.
Coat/Bag Check & ATM's
We are putting a bunch of ATM's on the show floor so don't get stuck standing in line for the one up by fan registration, just go on the show floor, there will be more there with less lines. Coat and bag check will likely be one floor down from fan registration by the Starbucks. If not we'll have one down by professional registration.
Well gang, that's all I could think of that you'd need to help you have an excellent time at the con. I know you'll have more questions and I'm sure you'll post em in the comments section and you can count on me doing my best to answer them.
Before things get truly crazy I want to tell all of you thanks. NYCC is shaping up to really be something special this year and it's because all of you have made it that way. Its an honor to work for all of you.....
See you at the con!!!!
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
I updated this with more info at 7:30pm Tuesday night.......