Saturday was a long day. I hit the road with Manda and Deidre around 5:30AM to make the 3 hour drive up to New York. It’s not a horrible drive, it’s just a bit boring. We kept it fun though by listening to Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol.1, plus doing a few sing alongs to Journey and I can’t remember how many times we heard “Shake It Off.” After driving through the rain, we finally arrived in Jersey where we were staying. Our hotel wasn’t ready yet which means we headed off to the ferry to head over to the Javits Center to get our NYCC started!
The first thing I did was drop my sketchbook off with Michael of Locoduck Studios. I always make sure to swing by and see him and get a sketch if he’s attending the same convention I am. He does some awesome work and has some cute prints available for purchase as well. He was actually super busy but because we’re “regular” customers he made sure to leave time to fit us in! How awesome is that? I didn’t pick up my book until Sunday but figured I’d share the sketch now! It’s Ron Swanson from “Parks and Rec!”
After dropping off our books, my friends went to a panel that was put on by Starz and I went off on my own. I met up with my Team Winter buddies Courtney and Sollie in Artist Alley! We chatted for a bit and then once again everyone went their own ways. Before heading out of AA though I noticed that Gail Simone was at the DC table. There wasn’t really a line which means I hopped over to the table in order to say hello. I tried to make it happen at Baltimore Comic-Con but just never made it. It was great to finally say hello in person!
I finally made my way out of AA and noticed there was an Image panel happening in the same room that Manda and Deidre had run off too earlier in the day. I started to make my way there, as Matt Fraction was scheduled to attend, when I ran into Lauren of Castle Corsetry! I was finally able to thank her in person for my amazing USO Hawkeye that she created for me. We didn’t chat long, as she was being asked for photos left and right but I managed to get a selfie before running off to the panel.
I already wrote about meeting Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarksy here but the panel that happened after was for Disney Infinity. While waiting for the room to clear and the panel to start, we chatted with Agent M of Marvel who told us that they were giving away free toys at the end of the panel. Of course we sat our asses down! If it’s free, it’s me! Our free toy turned out to be a Marvel figure for the Disney Infinity game! I grabbed a Hawkeye (of course) and the other two grabbed Groots.
This was actually the only free swag I picked up during the convention. I didn’t make it onto the floor that often but it’s all good. After taking a break and grabbing something to eat (finally) we all headed off to the Daredevil panel. Marvel was nice enough to put the panel (without footage of course) on Youtube. If you missed it, go check it out! It was really interesting and the footage we saw (4 or 5 clips) has me excited to watch this when it comes out on Netflix next year. I see a 13 hour binge session in my future.
Isn’t Charlie Cox adorable? He’s going to make a great Matt Murdock/Daredevil. That pretty much wrapped up our day. We headed back to the ferry, stopped to pick up some food, and returned to our hotel. That’s where I watched the Orioles drop Game Two of the ALCS but it’s not over until it’s over!
Expect a Sunday article later in the week!