The first Special Edition NYC convention in my opinion was quite a success. Of course I was able to get a ton of free sketches so that of course is a plus. But of course, that's what this convention is about. The comic book artists and writers take center stage without the media guests, anime, and others that seems to crowd out comic books at New York Comic Con. Held at the Jacob Javits this weekend, Special Edition NYC is noticeably smaller as expected. But with a much smaller crowd than a New York Comic Con, you can actually walk thru the aisle without having to fight through, and personal space being invaded.
If you're attending tomorrow, Sunday, be sure to visit Annie Wu, interior artist for Hawkeye. One of the few artists that does free quick sketches for fans. As well, stop by the Marvel booth, and check their schedule of artists and writers. Often their artists will do a free quick sketch and the lines are short! In the artist alley, among the more popular artists with long lines is Jerry Ordway charging just $40 for really beautiful full sketches. Among the writers there include Greg Pak, Peter David and Chris Claremont.
Marvel had a small booth full of freebies including the Watcher's Eye from Original Sin, as well as comic books, art prints and trading cards. DC didn't have a booth but have a nice 75th Anniversary Display leading up to the entry of Batman through the years with stand-ups. Valiant and Archies were among the other publishers with decent size booths and artists showing up to meet their fans.
Probably the biggest attraction of Special Edition NYC is the availability of New York Comic Con tickets for sale at this convention. Lines were long throughout most of the day as people purchase their tickets early to avoid missing out when June 18th comes around and they go on sale to the general public.
And of course the Cosplayers!