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From Thursday Oct. 6 to Sunday Oct. 9, I felt as if I lived at the Javits Center. That’s because it was the annual New York Comic Con. Earlier this year I received my Pro pass for which itself felt good.

As usual it was packed and the cosplayers were out in full force.

To the left as you walked into the main entrance, there was a entire section dedicated to Wonder Woman. Not just because the Wonder Woman movie will be released in 2017, but Oct. 2016 marked the 75th anniversary of the character’s first appearance. There were also a lot more Wonder Woman cosplay than ever before.

To my relief there wasn’t as many Harley Quinns, but plenty of Pokemon characters. There was some unique ones that stood out above the others. Darth Maul looks happy here.

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NYCC. Photo by Michele Witchipoo Oct. 2016

NYCC 2016 had an increase in Bob’s Burgers cosplayers. Louise and Tina Belcher were the most seen. Occasionally you would run into the entire family.

During the course of the four day event, I checked out a few panels. Panels are very good. For one, they give you a wealth of information in regards to the comic book industry, or discuss pop culture. If all else fails, you can rest your weary feet in the seat closest to an outlet to recharge your cell.

Some of the panels I attended were: BOOM Studios, DC Comics, and IDW (where they discussed an upcoming release to benefit the Orlando Pulse shooting victims).

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Panel for IDW during NYCC 2016.

Two panels however intrigued me the most. One was for Trump magazine (NO! Not Donald Trump!!!) put on by Dark Horse and Kitchen Sink Press. In 1956, Trump Magazine was a short-lived publication financed by Hugh Hefner, and put together by MAD Magazine’s Harvey Kurtzman. Among some of the speakers on that panel were Denis Kitchen and Al Jaffee.

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The Panel for Trump Magazine (No, not Donald!), a short-lived publication from the 1950s.

The other panel that grabbed my attention was the panel titled ‘Bringing Stories To Life: Holding a Comic Con at Your Library.’ Here local librarians from Connecticut explained the ins and outs of operating local comic cons from the library.

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Librarians from CT discuss how to do comic cons at the local library. NYCC Panel. Photo by Michele Witchipoo. Oct. 2016.

Back for more cosplay.

One thing you cannot forget. The real reason why we have comic cons in the first place. To promote comics. As in artists, writers, pencilers, inkers, etc. Onward to Artist Alley.

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Walking around the Javits Center was exhausting. It was time to head home and come back another day.

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Everyone needs rest sometime. NYCC. Photo by Michele Witchipoo. Oct. 2016.

During the NYCC, I found out there was going to be a panel for the latest Planet of The Apes reboot series. Since I was a huge fan of POTA, I trekked all the way out of the Javits Center to the Theater At Madison Square Garden. That’s where they held the special events, like the one for Doctor Who earlier during NYCC.

Point blank, this Q&A ‘career conversation’ with actor Andy Serkis, who portrays Ceasar in the Apes reboot was the only letdown during NYCC 2106. This might be clarified why in separate blog post.

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Actor Andy Serkis after finishing his Q&A panel during NYCC 2016.

I stuck around however to catch the Stan Lee panel at the same venue. Which went off much smoother. Moderated by film director and famous geek Kevin Smith, the panel also had Walt Simonson and Chris Claremount. The packed house was treated to an oral recollection of Marvel comic history. Insert very crappy photo of the panel itself.

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Very bad, blurry photo of the Stan Lee panel at NYCC 2016 with Kevin Smith, Walt Simonson and Chris Claremount.

Barely getting enough rest, it was time to head back to NYCC.

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Classic Star Trek cosplay on the NYC subway. Photo by Michele Witchipoo. Oct. 2016.

Since NYCC has become so popular, expect free swag. During the weekend I got a free Monster energy drink which I usually never touch, some wafer cookies and a complimentary sample of Death Coffee.

The cosplaying continued.

The last day of NYCC was spent getting merch I didn’t need like this Muttley POP. Then off to cruise Artist Alley once more.

This year there was some new interesting talent in Artist Alley, as well as those established such as Terry Moore (Strangers In Paradise), Joe Staton, and Erik Larsen (Savage Dragon).

One person that stood out was graffiti artist Andre Charles, otherwise known as ACharlesNYC. I brought a pin from him. He was so kind to give me a second one for free. Which was a score because I was having trouble which color to choose from. Besides, it’s always good to share old school NYC memories with someone.

Another new comic I discovered during NYCC was titled Pugly.

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Also snagged a free issue of Faith, a popular comic book title now published by Valiant.

Of course some more cosplay.

Some T-Rex creatures were spotted as well.

Another trend I noticed. This year people were cosplaying with their pet dogs. I asked someone cosplaying a character from Adventure Time how he got his dog in. He replied listing your pup as a service dog. While it’s cute, I was left wondering if it was safe at all for the dogs themselves.

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Adventure Time cosplay. NYCC. Photo by Michele Witchipoo. Oct. 2016.

Another curious observation during the NYCC weekend. I kept on seeing something scribbled on the bathroom doors inside the ladies room. Later I discovered it was a quote from The Handmaid’s Tale in Latin: ‘don’t let the bastard grind you down.’  Quite fitting for these times, especially during the current U.S. Presidential election, in which NYCC was the perfect escape from. Ironically, this was the same weekend that news broke out about Trump ‘grabbing pussy.’

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Quote from Margaret Atwood’s book The Handmaid’s Tale in Latin: ‘Don’t Let The Bastards Grind You Down.’ NYCC. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

In all it was fun as always. Maybe one day I’ll have another table at NYCC Artist Alley again. Till next year.

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Superheroes resting at the shoe shine stand. NYCC 2016. Photo taken by Michele Witchipoo. Oct. 2016.

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I like keeping sketchbooks around. My preference are the compact mini sized ones. Usually cause they’re easier to carry. Also like them cause many of them have nice front covers. One tiny blank sketchbook I found in Jackson Heights, Queens in 2008 had Indian fabric covering the book.

Now I don’t go through sketchbooks like some of my peers. The regular artist blank sketchbooks I tend to go through rather quickly, but the fancy mini ones takes years to complete. A personalized mini sketchbook full of your art also makes a nice gift for a loved one. I did once or twice. As for my own fancy mini sketchbooks, still working on one or two towards completion.

Typically I’ll go with a medium theme. One fancy cover mini sketchbook had nothing but colored pencil artwork. Another one was just of drawings done with Copic markers. As I was going through photographs to delete on my iPad, I came across some done last year in my mixed medium mini book. Done last summer, these are a few pics I’m posting.

I’m not a huge Superman fan per say. Just did this sketch more or less out of nostalgia. When I was a small child, the films with Christopher Reeves were huge. My father took me to see Superman One and Two. Later on caught the disastrous sequel starring Reeves with Richard Pyror. That’s when this 80’s franchise “jumped the shark.”

Found a DC graphic novel and challenged myself to do this famous DC character.  Sketch by Michele Witchipoo. Summer 2013.

Found a DC graphic novel and challenged myself to do this famous DC character. Sketch by Michele Witchipoo. Summer 2013.

Upclose shot of Superman sketch. Done by Michele Witchipoo, summer 2013. Personal sketch.

Upclose shot of Superman sketch. Done by Michele Witchipoo, summer 2013. Personal sketch.

Grant Morrison once compared the Superman character to a Greek mythology figure within a magickal element. I forgot what his comparison was exactly. Anyone into esoterica won’t find it hard to see the correspondence. Funny how I’m mentioning this, as I haven’t read anything Morrison’s done in a while.

My rendition of Vaughn Bode's Cheech Wizard character. Done by Michele Witchipoo, Summer 2013.

My rendition of Vaughn Bode’s Cheech Wizard character. Done by Michele Witchipoo, Summer 2013.

Next is my rendition of Vaughn Bode’s Cheech Wizard character. I didn’t recognize the influence Bode had on me until years later. When I did Superman, it was more of a challenge. With Cheech Wizard, this one was more fun re-creating. I just remember graffiti artists being really taken in with Bode’s work, and his son Mark has carried his father’s torch.

The Goddess of The Air Conditioner. Character created and drawn by Michele Witchipoo. This sketch done in 2013. Character itself created by Michele Witchipoo around 2004.

The Goddess of The Air Conditioner. Character created and drawn by Michele Witchipoo. This sketch done in 2013. Character itself created by Michele Witchipoo around 2004.

Do you know this character? Of course not. Because I created her. It started off when I was really into learning about different mythological goddess. Since I hate summer, she was created. This goddess will give you solace just as long as you pay your electric bill. In reality, the modern air conditioner was invented by Willis Carrier, but hey. Work with me here.

Rendition of Louise from the television show "Bob's Burgers." Sketch done by Michele Witchipoo, Summer 2013.

Rendition of Louise from the television show “Bob’s Burgers.” Sketch done by Michele Witchipoo, Summer 2013.

Okay, back to my sketchbook. Last one is Louise, one of the breakout characters from my current favorite show “Bob’s Burgers.” I love Louise. I can relate to her older sister Tina a bit, but I really feel I’m more of Louise. Bob’s Burgers is one of the very few television shows I’ll watch nowadays. I gladly canceled cable, but I try to catch up on the current episodes via Internet.

That’s it for now. Until next time.

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I’ve been attending the New York Comic Con every year since it’s first inception back in 2006. Since then it’s moved into a powerful second place right next to the San Diego Comic Con. Just like with SDCC, the NYCC has developed into mass marketed con going across the board with not just comics, but with film, television, toys, videogames, cosplay, fashion, etc. Pretty much anything and everything, really.

The NYCC of 2013 was no exception. One good thing the NYCC did was to make the artist alley section bigger, locating that part to the other side of the Jacob Javits Center. Smart move. Back when I had exhibited in 2010, artist alley and the rest of the con was all on one floor, just separated by sections. Making it hard for fans to locate artists, get sketches, etc. While some indie comicbook publishers, organizations and artists can still be found on the main floor, the artist alley department can be easily reached now. So thanks to NYCC for making the smart move in 2012. The result has made artist alley a lot more calmer and successful.

I’ll get back to Artist Alley 2013 in another post.

The NYCC 2013 overall seemed to focus on media, like with television. Luckily one of my current favorite shows is Bob Burgers, and some of the key players associated with Bob’s Burgers was having a panel.

A fan waiting to ask a question at the Bob's Burgers panel at NYCC 2013. Many were dressed like the characters Louise and Tina. Photo by Michele Witchipoo, Oct. 2013.

A fan waiting to ask a question at the Bob’s Burgers panel at NYCC 2013. Many were dressed like the characters Louise and Tina. Photo by Michele Witchipoo, Oct. 2013.

Safe to say, the two most popular characters from Bob’s Burgers are the two daughters. There’s Louise, the cynical and defiant yet charismatic youngest daughter. The oldest daughter Tina is the melancholy lovesick misfit who likes to write fan fiction. On line there were quite a number of Louise clones, but fans dressed like Tina could also been seen.

On the panel was the show’s creator, Loren Bouchard along with H. Jon Benjamin who not only does the voice of Bob Belcher, but also of Archer, another animated program. Representing Tina Belcher was Dan Mintz, whose regular speaking voice sounds just like Tina. Unfortunately the actress who does the voice of Louise couldn’t make it, as with the case of comedian Eugene Mirman who voices middle brother Gene. However John Roberts was on Linda Belcher’s behalf. Filling out the rest of the panel was Larry Murphy who does both voices of Mort the funeral director, and Teddy Francisco the diner’s loyal and sometimes only customer.

A rough clip of an upcoming Christmas episode was shown. The true highlight was when a fan who dressed and walked exactly like Tina requested that someone one the panel read her “Erotic Friendfiction.” Dan Mintz was happy to oblige, as he read the fantasy of the panel being so impressed, that they paid off the person’s college loan. Yes…le sigh…if only it was that easy.

Fan rush to get Dan Mintz's autograph after panel ends. Mintz does the voice of Tina Belcher, one of the most popular characters from the television show Bob's Burgers. Photo taken by Michele Witchipoo, NYCC, Oct. 2013.

Fan rush to get Dan Mintz’s autograph after panel ends. Mintz does the voice of Tina Belcher, one of the most popular characters from the television show Bob’s Burgers. Photo taken by Michele Witchipoo, NYCC, Oct. 2013.

Bob's Burger creator Loren Bouchard after the NYCC Panel Oct. 2013. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

Bob’s Burger creator Loren Bouchard after the NYCC Panel Oct. 2013. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

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