- One reason why comics are so great is because no matter what age you are you can have a conversation with another comics fan and your opinion still counts. Whether you’re 14 or 45 you probably know just as much as the next guy about what’s going on in the New Avengers, or have a pretty cool take on Watchmen, or have collected every issue of Optic Nerve and can wax philosophical on Tomine’s work even though you will probably sound pretty boring while doing so. It’s a pretty inclusive medium. Which bring me to my next point….
- For all this talk about comics exclusivity Comic Con sure didn’t showcase that. Chelsea, who does not read comics, had one hell of a time at the convention. Hell, she even went to the DC Nation panel and didn’t feel like a fish out of water. Everyone was very welcoming and, and no one made her feel like a dick. I’m not saying she can walk into a comic shop now and pick something off the shelves because those people are still pricks (with a few exceptions, notably Rocketship in Brooklyn) but she’s been exposed, and it’s not as scary as she thought.
- Note to DC and Marvel: WOMEN READ COMICS! Like, a lot of them. Yeah it was still overwhelmingly a male audience but the female contingent was there in droves. Stop ignoring them.
Anyway, for my first convention experience this was a blast. I’m annoyed that the next NYCC is October 2010, but I’m going to try to hit up some other ones. MoCCA and maybe Baltimore, and if my tax return is especially nice maybe even San Diego.
For a better written, more interesting wrap-up of the con you should probably read Garrett Martin’s post at Creative Loafing.
For a list of Wednesday’s Child Comic Con articles and photos look below!
DC Nation (Chelsea Bahr)
NYC and its Authors/Battlestar Galactica: The Comic (Jennifer Drake)
Representation of Women in Comics (Chelsea Bahr)
The Multicultural Mask (Chelsea Bahr)
Comics and New Media (Paul DeBenedetto)
Graphic Novels and Academic Acceptance (Paul DeBenedetto)
Elvis Schmelvis! How Comic Books Spawned the Rock and Roll Era (Chelsea Bahr)