While the convention was very well organized and had very few complications (as far as I know) with the scheduling, the show room was still a mixture of selling products and shirts, promoting shows like Cirque de Soleil and upcoming video games and a few giveaways for free stuff. I actually participated in a raffle to see if I might win a limited edition of Elektrokidz, which some random guy next to me in the crowd actually gave me one because he loved my cosplay, even though I didn’t win the raffle at all. The line of cosplay ranged from the mainstream anime as well as movies, TV shows, video games and Disney to the not-so-familiar in all the genres listed, the eras of old and original characters. As for me, I was cosplaying as a genderbend Dr. Facilier from the Disney movie “The Princess and the Frog”.
There were two things that piqued my interest or otherwise was something I had planned on checking out. One booth in the show room had a small Green Booth set up courtesy of The Padcaster. To give it a try was free; they had a selection of moving backgrounds and you can do just about anything. Since I was cosplaying as a genderbend Dr. Facilier from the Disney movie “The Princess and the Frog”, I decided I was going to be sucked into a black hole. It was really fun to do and the video itself came great! Out of all the panels that went on for the Friday I went, there was one in particular that I had been looking forward to visiting. When I got to the panel, I find out it’s a charity run for the Make-A-Wish foundation, courtesy of the 501st Legion ECG. This was perfect not just for Star Wars fans, but for all ages. Outside their room, storm troopers were inviting people to step in as they were saying “Do you have what it takes? Come in and shoot a storm trooper. Let’s see what you’ve got!” While the line wasn’t too crazy, you can hear Nerf guns and turrets go off at the end of the line with storm troopers standing in front of a Death Star hallway background.
Here's how it worked: depending on how much you donated, you would either be given a Nerf hand gun to shoot the storm troopers one at a time…OR…have a Nerf turret and shoot more freely at them. I donated $2 and was given a Nerf handgun. For a second, I couldn’t decide if I should shoot the guy in the middle or the right, considering that a few minutes before it was my turn, one of the pilots decided to partake in getting shot at. I aimed for the pilot on the right and it got him in the chest, followed by the storm trooper in the middle and got him in the stomach. The storm trooper in the left had his chest out trying to be manly and I shot him in the mouth, but bounced off his helmet. I thought it was funny because apparently, whether or not the Nerf bullets stuck onto the armor or helmet, the storm trooper on the left had somehow managed to be shot in the face more often than the others. He did wave his finger at me as if to disapprove the fact that I not only shot him in the face, but my Nerf bullet also bounced off his helmet. Again, I thought it was funny, plus I know the guy was playing along.
I also took some awesome pictures throughout the day and got great shot of cosplayers, especially the sexy ones I've seen at #NYCC at New York Comic Con 2014 Pics and trust me, you won't be disappointed!!!
At the end of the day, New York Comic Con was very well organized and still fun to wander around aimlessly just to soak in the atmosphere that is New York Comic Con. Even with legs and feet that would be aching for nearly two days from walking on heels, I did enjoy my time there. Of course, it’s much better going with friends and not having to venture out all alone, but all that matters is the fact that my experience at the New York Comic Con was amazing through and through. Now it’s time to plan for 2015, because they've confirmed the dates for next year and it will be from October 8 until October 11!!! Looking forward to 2015 already and we still have some 360-some days left!!!