Enthusiastic fans of fantasy and sci-fi were turned away at the Jacob Javits Center over the weekend after all tickets were quickly snatched up for the first inaugural New York Comic-Con convention. The east coast’s answer to the hugely successful San Diego Comic-Con Int’l (with no actual affiliation to the West Coast event) got off to a phenomenal start, drawing more than 20,000 attendees and establishing a new geek Mecca that should inspire pilgrimages for decades to come.
Fans lined up to see a special appearance by filmmaker and comic-book aficionado Kevin Smith, who is currently drumming up buzz for his eagerly awaited sequel, Clerks II. Actress Milla Jovovich (Resident Evil, The Fifth Element) was also on hand to answer questions about her latest vfx-laden sci-fi actioner, Ultraviolet, from Equilibrium director Kurt Wimmer.
The program also featured a sneak peek as scenes from Richard Linklatter’s rotoscoped Phillip K. Dick adaptation, A Scanner Darkly, and retrospective on the works of Spawn creator Todd McFarlane, presented by The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art. Also representing the animation world was J.J. Sedelmaier, whose J.J. Sedelmaier Prods. has produced popular cartoons for Saturday Night Live, in addition to providing service work for MTV’s Beavis and Butt-Head and many other animated shows. In addition, the New York event became a stop on the 2006 Robotech Convention Tour, which featured a preview of Harmony Gold’s upcoming sequel, Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles.
As successful as it was, the New York Comic-Con shouldn’t take any business away from its west coast counterpart, which kicks off on July 20 in San Diego, Calif. More information on these events can be found at www.nycomiccon.com and www.comic-con.org.