By Brian Goldberg
On Friday at about 3:30 PM, there was a human traffic jam that blocked the entire hallway between Artist's Alley and the Main Hall. The path to Javitz Center North was blocked by attendees coming and going. If there was a fire marshall present, I'm assuming he would have shut down the show.
The crowd was at a standstill for fifteen to twenty minutes. My fellow con goers were screaming things like "MOVE" and "WALK" but nothing happened.
After many baby steps my convention brethren and I made it into an equally crowded main hall. Employees from Reed Pop were nowhere to be seen.
This NYCC is bigger and badder than conventions prior. I've noticed more people than ever and not everyone has their place. Every possible spot of floor has been turned into an exhibition space. ⅓ of the hallway between Artist's Alley was turned into event space for the likes of Progressive Insurance and Jelly Belly Jelly Beans.
I don't think Reed Pop realized that they were putting their guests in a potentially dangerous spot so an auto insurance company could leave it's mark with free locker service and a strange woman trying to give away wigs, but I do have a piece of advice for them.
Fans won't mind paying a little extra money for basic safety and a little room to breathe. The marketing dollars from candy made from high fructose corn syrup just isn't worth it.
Brian is the Senior Toys and Collectibles Correspondent for Bleeding Cool, writing about all things geek in the world of collectibles and merchandise. He's frequently to be found prying into exclusive mysteries at conventions. If you would like to speak Geek with Brian, please email him at email@example.com.