SENYC took place at Pier 94 on June 6 and 7 and gave attendees something that New York Comic Con (NYCC) hasn't for years: an intimate experience to celebrate comics and interact with their creators. ReedPOP's impressive line-up of creators included Amy Reeder (Rocket Girl), Brenden Fletcher (Batgirl), Mark Texeria (Ghost Rider), Greg Pak (Batman/Superman), and Jason Latour (Spider-Gwen).
ReedPOP had announced on June 3 that they had reclaimed NYCC tickets from scalpers and added them to the allotment sold at SENYC, so when the convention began at 10 a.m. fans wasted no time forming a line reminiscent to that seen when entering the larger pop-culture convention. Organizers soon capped the line to discourage it from encompassing the entire entrance. Tickets were set to go back on sale an hour later, but no one seemed to budge.
The convention floor of Pier 94 was dark as fans hovered over various comics tables. Most of the crowd gathered around the rows of Artist Alley to get up close and personal with their favorite creators. Unlike NYCC, the convention's panels were small and easy to get into, but that didn't mean they were any less interesting. Marvel's "Next Big Thing" panel kicked off the convention; it was held by Brian Michael Bendis (All-New X-Men), Marguerite Bennett (A-Force), Peter David (Spider-Man 2099), and Charles Soule (Inhumans: Attilan Rising). During the panel, Bendis put rumors to rest as he confirmed that his new Iron Man series will star Tony Stark and will not be a reboot. Big things were announced for this fall with Cosplay variants featuring cosplayers on comic book covers, shot by Judy Stephens of Marvel.
Other panels covered topics specifically geared toward indie creators and those trying to break into the industry, including how storytellers develop their ideas into narratives and the business behind comics from checks to contracts.
Of course, no comics convention would be complete without the cosplayers—and there were no shortage of excellent participants at SENYC. View the photos below.
|The Flash Cosplay||DC Comics group|
|DC Comics photoshoot|
|Ms. Marvel Cosplay||Spider-Gwen and Spidey|
|Atlantis Cosplay - Siryn Cosplay and Saraphina||Mera and Aquaman|
|Gravity Falls||Hawkman and Hawkgirl|
|Mera Cosplay - Saraphina||Scarecrow|
|Gotham City Cosplay||Metropolis Cosplay|
|Superman, Lois Lane, and Jimmy Olsen||Gambit and Rogue Cosplay|
The experience overall was relaxing compared to NYCC and its overwhelming 130,000 attendees. SENYC's dim lighting and casual atmosphere made it feel like a basement hangout for geeks as we talked and read comics.
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