I am a geek girl and conventions have been my thing since 2009 when I attended my first one in Maryland. I am sure those that are familiar with Baltimore know that a couple times in the summer you see people in costume for an entire weekend straight. So when I had the opportunity to go to New York Comic Con for the first time ever, thanks to some amazing friends in the city, I knew it would be great just like it is here. I was wrong. After my first hour touring the show room floor with friends I realized I had to bow to the power of NYCC. They do not kid when saying they are the biggest convention on the East Coast. Even in my going through the show room floor and artist alley, on my way home I realized I missed a good section of the floor because I stayed between 200- 2600. The floor goes up to 3600. My little geek heart was broken and I vowed to plan better for next year. And there will be a next year. The panels and guest that were there are top notch. Even with crowds surpassing 151,000 it was worth it. Everyone is there for their passion in all things comic, anime, video games and more.
In addition to the normal convention, they had speed dating. I have only done speed dating at a convention once and that was at AwesomeCon Dc. So I figured why not give it a go. I tried to back out of it but my friends already signed me up. So in I went and stood in line to get my sticker with my name and be seated. It’s pretty much your standard speed dating format. Ladies sit and stay seated and the men rotate after each three min session. I went on a total of about 25 dates in a two hour session and I can say I think it was nice. However, geek speed dating should be a bigger thing even outside conventions, mostly because you already know the one thing you have in common and can go from there. Overall I met some really amazing geek guys, but I also think it was because I was an out of towner, it made matching up hard which I understand. I wouldn’t have changed anything for the overall experience. The biggest difference from the comic con speed dating to the one I did locally was that I liked find out my matches the next day. Logging into the host of the speed dating sessions, NY Minute Dating, afterwards was better than getting a crushing blow of “no” matches right after the session. I did get a few matches this time and I had a few from AwesomeCon, but it was so much easier to enjoy the rest of the convention without the whole darn ” I thought he liked me bubble not looming over you.”
So for my first New York Comic Con experience I can say it’s worth it. Everything from the exhibitors to the artist alley to panels is worth it. Don’t get me wrong I love and enjoy the conventions near my home and will always go to them or work them if possible. But there’s something about traveling to a Comic Con that is different and exciting. Also you see what the geeks and nerds of a new city have to offer and that experience is wonderful overall. So yes I will still go to Otakon, AnimeUSA, AwesomeCon DC, and Katsucon along with the others in the DMV area. But I am happy to add NYCC to my list of conventions I have experienced and hope to again.