ARTICLE – Once again, costumed and body-painted heroes, villains, and all characters in between descended on New York City for the annual New York Comic Con. The crowds and enthusiasm were both at pre-pandemic levels, and most of the big players, like Marvel, had returned. Notably absent, though, was DC, not seen at NYCC since before the pandemic.
It was a beautiful weekend in New York City, and the Javits Center was jam-packed with pop culture fans ready to celebrate their favorite shows, movies, books, characters, games, and more.
While the SAG-AFTRA strike prevented many actors from attending and promoting new projects, there were still a good number of special appearances and panels. The energy on the show floor was high, and this was the first year that Thursday attendance rivaled that of the other three days.
Trying something a bit different this year, we conducted interviews with a variety of first-time comic con vendors. They ranged from well-known brands like Ryobi and Lionel Trains to a husband-and-wife team from Florida who handcraft unique tiki-themed woodcuts.
Burgschneider – Dungeons & Dragons themed heroic clothing
The quality of the clothing Burgschneider creates is apparent the moment you handle the materials. These outfits feel like real everyday clothing you could work and play in without worry. The fact that you can also wear them to a dragon hunt or dungeon raid is a fun bonus.
Another bonus is that the price of the clothing isn’t something that would require a Glorious Transmutation spell.
Great Scott Designs – Handcrafted pop culture tiki woodcuts
Every property from Star Wars to He-Man to my personal favorite, the Beastie Boys, was represented in the amazing artwork on display at their booth.
Most impressive, though, was Great Scott Designs’ original artwork featuring lounging skeletons.
Robosen – Roll out with realistic, programmable Transformers
The coolest thing about their robots, though, is that they are fully programmable, allowing users to create one-of-a-kind routines like fight scenes and dance numbers.
The details on all of the robots are astounding, but the Buzz Lightyear is definitely next level. With smoke, light, and sound effects, he really does seem ready to head off to infinity and beyond.
Ryobi – Hobby and craft tools for true DIY cosplayers
Odin spent the four days of comic con crafting various cosplay items using only Ryobi’s tool line and basic supplies. From the mini glue gun to the hot wire foam cutter, each tool seemed perfectly suited for the type of unique crafting challenges cosplayers face.
For myself, I’m excited to see Ryobi bring their level of dependability to a new sector that’s traditionally been dominated solely by Dremel and a few other smaller brands.
Lionel Trains – Level up your Christmas tree train
Pop Couture Clips – Geek and gamer inspired hair clips
Their pop culture and video game-themed hair clips and controllers were both hot items unlike any I’ve seen at comic con before.