Oct 16 2013
Unreality reader William Huynh is the first Finn (whose face you can see) on the left!
Ok guys, we’ve gotta talk.
I knew pulling off an Unreality meet-up on such short notice would be a long shot, but I have to say I’m surprised that only two of you decided to take me up on featuring your New York Comic Con cosplay pics. I wanted to do a gallery post which would forever serve to prove just how awesome the east coast Unreality contingent really is. I wanted you to represent.
You have failed me yet again, Starscream.
Oh alright, I can’t stay mad at you. The two readers who did send in pics did a bang up job, so how’s that for a silver lining? First there’s William up there cosplaying an excellent Finn with a whole group of Adventure Time fans, and you can find fellow reader Ryan Mosca’s spot-on Ace Ventura along with a list of my favorite NYCC moments after the jump.
Bravo, Ryan. Bravo.
Well, my first foray into NYCC was nothing if not exciting. I was exhausted by the end of each day, though I still managed to engage in the requisite socializing (for networking, you see). I also hemorrhaged money like an extra in a slasher film loses the red stuff. GIVE ME ALL THE THINGS, was the first thing that ran through my head on Thursday.
Thankfully, I managed to keep my bank account from an uncertain fate and even had some actual experiences over the long weekend. Here are some of my favorites.
Awesome Cosplay, All Around
There’s always money in the banana stand.
I know, I know. Cosplay being awesome at Comic Con is a given. Just look at William and Ryan up there. What can I say? I’ve never been to Comic Con, ok? I was like a kid in a candy store, except the candy store was filled with obscure references, authentic katanas, and real, honest-to-god chocolate-covered bananas on a stick. With sprinkles.
Let me have this moment of wonder. Is that too much to ask?
Robin Gets Dissed
I wish I got a better angle, but this actually serves the narrative well.
Bats of leather flock together, as they say, and these Batman cosplayers formed an impromptu group just outside the show floor. Plenty of us started snapping pics, and the group dutifully posed for a good minute or so.
Then Robin (far left) showed up—and was roundly booed by both his fellow cosplayers and most of the amateur photographers. It was hilarious, and my friend and I thoroughly lost it. It was all in good fun, of course, so after Robin hung his head and started to walk away, he quickly turned back and posed with the others.
The icing on the cake came when we saw the same Robin cosplayer walking alone a few minutes later, and my friend said with no hesitation and 100% sincerity, “Chin up, Robin.” I nearly died laughing a second time.
The best part is I don’t even get it! You all know comics are my pop culture blind spot, so feel free to enlighten me in the comments as to why Robin (this one in particular?) is so disliked.
David Lloyd Draws Me a Picture of V, Gives Me Chocolates
As my friend pointed out later, this pretty much entirely encapsulates his personality.
David Lloyd was of course the artist for the graphic novel V for Vendetta, so I jumped at the chance to have him sign my copy. He was also doing sketches of V for a very nominal fee, so I scored myself a signed drawing of the infamous Guy Fawkes mask.
Before he got down to business, he made sure to offer me some chocolate. Make no mistake, this wasn’t a put-candy-on-the-table-so-people-come-and-talk-to-you situation, this was David Lloyd pulling a chocolate bar out of his jacket and offering us the smaller pieces. This guy? This guy’s the guy.
He also chatted like we were all old friends while he drew, like the most laid-back dude on the planet (which he just might be). His newest venture is the comic magazine Aces Weekly, which is exclusively digital and features what looks to be great work—he had his laptop cycling through a sampler while he sketched. I promised I’d give it a shout out since we’re total buds now.
Thanks for the chocolates, David.
The Author of The Last Unicorn Gossips about Gollum
Peter S. Beagle, Hugo award winner and author of The Last Unicorn, wrote the screenplay for the 1978 animated version of The Lord of the Rings. He told me he became good friends with Peter Woodthorpe, who performed Gollum, and considers him to be the definitive version.
He even went so far as to say he thinks Andy Serkis is imitating Woodthorpe. Oh snap! Watch out, Andy, the Beagle’s got your number.
Here’s some gossip from me. I’m pretty sure Beagle and Woodthorpe were the inspiration for The Adventures of Pete & Pete.
I Look Like a Jerk in Front of My Personal Hero
Thumbs up, everybody, for rock and roll!
After admiring Gillian Anderson for multiple decades (ugh), I asked her to personalize an autograph with a catchphrase from a particular fandom (The Fall)—only I mistakenly brought up a photo of a character from another show (Hannibal).
She rightfully pointed it out, really just to make sure I got exactly what I wanted, but I was so mortified I just had her sign it as is. The photo table was a long way from the signing table. I’d also never done one of these autographing things before, so I was totally out of my depth.
On my (dejected) walk out, I noticed she spelled my name wrong, so I asked if I could have her resign it correctly. I could, so I got a shot at redemption with the correct photo.
Then she misspelled my name again.
Then everyone was cracking up, and I was taking the long walk back to the table for a fresh photo.
People. If there’s one thing we all have in common, it’s that sometimes we f*ck things up.
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