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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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This time there’s not just one, but two Psycho Bunny pics of the week.

The first one is about Bushwick Open Studios 2016. For those who don’t know, Bushwick Open Studios, otherwise known as BOS is an annual event where artists from the Bushwick, Brooklyn area open their studios to the public. There were a lot of good work seen this year. Such as the Made In Ridgewood exhibit. Although I had plenty of snark for tourists who wouldn’t been caught dead in the same area fifteen – twenty years ago, there was amazing work in all mediums by various artists. Despite seeing some guy give walking tours about Bushwick street murals.

Psycho Bunny came by to check out some art – but he was really there for the open bar.

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Psycho Bunny checking out art while looking for the open bar. Based on the comic by Michele Witchipoo. Oct. 3rd, 2016. 

The second one is about the upcoming New York Comic Con. Whatever few friends he had, one of them was nice enough to get a little something. Only Psycho Bunny being the drunk that he is, is not amused.

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Psycho Bunny gets a gift from someone who attended NYCC. Only being a drunk rabbit, he’s not amused. Based on the comic by Michele Witchipoo. Oct. 3rd, 2016. 

Now for some promotional chatter. I’ll be at MICE in a few weeks. So if you’re in the area, come by to buy a comic. I’ll be table C99. Also check out the Facebook pages for both Psycho Bunny and WitchesBrewPress.

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This week I decided to do a quick Psycho Bunny sketch in watercolor. Also bring in a character not used in a while – Psycho Bunny’s mother.

So not only am I running out of my glitter watercolor supply, but it seems as if Photoshop didn’t pick up on the colors too well. Eh. What can you do.

Here’s both versions.

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Original watercolor version. Psycho Bunny and his mother. Based on the comic ‘Psycho Bunny’ written and drawn by Michele Witchipoo.  Sept. 2016. Pen and glitter watercolors. 

 

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Scanned version. Psycho Bunny and his mother. Based on the comic written and drawn by Michele Witchipoo. Sept. 2016. 

Every Monday I’ve been posting a new Psycho Bunny pic of the week. You can check it out on Facebook. You can order comics through my website. Also will be at MICE next month. Till then.

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Overwhelmed by bills? Getting financially assaulted?

Introducing the Psycho Bunny pic of the week:

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Psycho Bunny overwhelmed by bills. Introducing the Psycho Bunny pic of the week. Based on the self-published comic ‘Psycho Bunny’ written and drawn by Michele Witchipoo, published by WitchesBrewPress. September 2016. 

Saw this meme as seen below last week. After hearing about a friend complaining regarding bills, I did my own spin on it.

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Don’t forget to like the Psycho Bunny Facebook page, and while you’re at it, go ahead and click “like” on the WitchesBrewPress Facebook page as well. I will be selling comics at MICE next month over in Cambridge (near Boston) if you’re in the area. You can also order comics through my website. Greeting cards will also be for sale soon on the same website. Till next time.

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On September 8th, 1966, fifty years ago Star Trek debuted on U.S. television. Star Trek’s cultural impact has surpassed generations.

To commemorate this occasion, Psycho Bunny traveled to where no man has gone before…most likely his apartment…

Introducing the most illogical Vulcan ever. Psycho Bunny as Mr. Spock. Also the Psycho Bunny pic of the week.

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Psycho Bunny as Mr. Spock. The most illogical Vulcan ever. Based on the comic written and drawn by Michele Witchipoo on WitchesBrewPress. Sept. 2016. 

Some exciting news. As stated in the previous post, I will be participating in a group art exhibit for Bushwick Open Studios 2016. In October I will be at MICE selling my comics. You can always get your own copy of Psycho Bunny through the website. Also check out the two Facebook pages, Psycho Bunny Comix and WitchesBrewPress. Till next time.

Also check out this blog post about Star Trek here.

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Psycho Bunny is the founder, president and CEO of The Unemployment Appreciation Society. Just because he can’t hold down a job doesn’t mean he can’t wish you a pleasant Labor Day.

Introducing the Psycho Bunny Pic of The Week.

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Psycho Bunny, founder, president and CEO of the Unemployment Appreciation Society wishes  everyone who works a good Labor Day. Based on the comic by Michele Witchipoo on WitchesBrewPress. Sept. 2016. 

As usual don’t forget to like Psycho Bunny on Facebook, on Twitter and order comics from the website. I will be at MICE next month, so if you’re in the area, come check it out.

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Earlier yesterday I was having a conversation about musician, composer and producer Giorgio Moroder. As of this posting he’s touring. (Although I’m going to see The Legendary Pink Dots instead. More my speed.) Which led me to do this Psycho Bunny sketch.

In Psycho Bunny’s mind, he’s a romeo on the dance floor. Everyone else just thinks he’s tacky.

Introducing the Psycho Bunny sketch of the week.

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Psycho Bunny has a night at the disco. Sketch by Michele Witchipoo. Based on the comic Psycho Bunny written and drawn by Michele Witchipoo. August 28th, 2016.

Don’t forget. There’s the official Psycho Bunny Facebook page, and a separate Facebook page for my illustration work. You can also order Psycho Bunny comics through my website. I’ll be at MICE in Cambridge, MA selling my comics one weekend in October. Details coming later. Till next time.

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