SE: NYC '15 – What Happens When You Turn Up At 7.30 AM

D2esbdvkBleeding Cool's Derek Trum wrote this while in line for Special Edition: NYC earlier today…

Surprise, shock, and disbelief are the three best words that come to mind when I arrived at Pier in New York for the New York Special Edition. For the second year Reed Pop has organized a second New York Comic Con for the summer. It's a smaller convention with a focus solely on comic books. So where did the shock come from as I arrived on this grey and rainy day? It was the sight of the line of people who had already amassed at 7:30am.

Being a veteran of the con game I am accustomed to two types of lines before at a con, long and really long. It is worth mentioning that It was not always like that. I still have fond memories of 2010 and walking right in to the New York Comic Con on a Sunday morning as the doors opened. It seems like after that year a gamma powered pop explosion went off and turned the mild mannered convention into the Hulk of the East Coast. The New York Comic Con was not the only convention effected with a surge of popularity, suddenly all conventions on the east coast were starting to turn green and rip their pants. Simple things like buying a ticket at the door for a comic con in Boston was no longer a reality. Even having a ticket for a show in Rhode Island was not enough to guarantee your admittance. On one hand it has been a good feeling to see that the nerds have inherited the Earth. Comic Con is not just the place to be in San Diego, its a bi-coastal place to be for anyone that wants to celebrate pop culture. On the other hand the surge in popularity has taken away a small part of what made comic book conventions special. For a comic book fan the con is no longer just your special place, it is a place for all.

Approaching Pier 94 I felt like I may have tapped into the speed force and travelled back six years. Sure I was greeted by a line of fans looking to celebrate comics, but that's just it, it was just a line. Not multiple lines, not an unruly crowd, not complete chaos. What greeted me was just a line of about 150 people waiting for admittance into their own special place. As I stand in line and write this piece the line is growing by the minute and the Sun is pushing aside the grey clouds. Will this convention live up to its title of "Special Edition" or is it just another comic from the 90's with a chrome cover? As we get closer to the doors opening we are about to peel back the cover and find out.

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Rich JohnstonAbout Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.
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