The above photo was from my photo op with Laurie Holden who last played Andrea on The Walking Dead. The crowds was again were sparse. The biggest thing I keep hearing from attendees and exhibitors throughout the convention was that the admission wasn't justified due to what was offered as far as number of exhibitors. A few also griped about the location of the event being quite off the beaten path even for residents of Manhattan. Those that did come to see their favorite stars though who got VIP passes were more than happy though. It's definitely a tale of two cities.
A pleasant surprise for me was the appearance of Brook Lopez who's the star Center for the Brooklyn Nets. He was there as a fan boy going around the different booths, getting autographs and getting sketches. He got to meet Ralph Macchio (The Karate Kid) who only appeared today. I had a chance to speak to him about his upcoming schedule. Which includes flying to Canada to film an episode of Psych for which he's appeared on before.
One of my favorite pass times in going to conventions is checking out all the cool costumes that people wore. While there many repeats from Philadelphia Comic Con there were a few new ones that I was very impressed with. Also of enjoyment is getting a free sketch which I got from Artist Amy Reeder. She will be coming out with the new monthly series Rocket Girl in October with Writer Brandon Montclare on a yet to be named publisher. You can check out her beautiful artwork here.
I attended Michael Rooker's Q&A which as always is entertaining. As he'll tell you himself he is not cool, a fan asked him if he was so. We definitely think he is. In the Q&A he talked about how he had three weeks noticed that his character Merle was exiting the show. How since the Governor had broken his arm, he had to move in a certain way. He said that being around so many actors that played zombies during his tenure, he did not need training himself. He also talked about the scene in which his character and Daryl was in the fight to the death. That in his mind, his character did not know that Rick and gang would come saving the day. And that his character was planning to escape with Daryl by getting close enough to the chain that held the walkers and releasing them on the residents of Woodbury.
Personally, I enjoyed the show despite the size and the price. Hopefully, they will be able to make changes to that if they hold it again next year.