UPDATE: Regarding the volunteer mentioned below, we understand he has now been identified by NYCC, and will be fired. The original story runs below.
Lots of people work at comic cons. Some are paid regular staff, others are freelance, others are volunteers. The T-shirts usually give it away, at NYCC, they will have "Staff" for paid staff and "Crew" for volunteers, those who volunteer some of their time, in exchange for access to the show.
But for some that's not enough.
The Walking Dead and Netflix Daredevil panels have been two of the hardest to get into at New York Comic Con, with people lining for hours for a free wristband to get themselves access, for them all to be given away in minutes.
And then Bleeding Cool writer Ray Flook found himself being offered wristbands from those working at the show from $10 to $20.
We passed the info to Reed Pop's Lance Fensterman who told us,
"If true or can be proved, they will be excused on the spot. That kind of behavior has never happened from the staff and would never be tolerated for a second."
I asked Ray Flook to clarify and he told me,
"I was by myself in the food court area when offered The Walking Dead wristbands for $20 each, but Alejandra (Bodden, another Bleeding Cool writer) was with me when I was offered two Daredevil wristbands for $10 each and then he was willing to drop them to $5 each. Five minutes later, he was in the main hallway by the Queue Hall trying to sell them to people sitting along the wall."
I asked about his identifying features and was told.
"To be specific, in both instances they were wearing NYCC Crew shirts…but working the event nonetheless."
Fensterman thanked us for what details we were able to provide and told us
"I want to deal with this volunteer personally. Unbelievable. I'm relieved it was not my staff but still furious."
We'll be looking out for the individuals in question.
The signing event with the Daredevil cast earlier today was cancelled. According to reports the crowd wouldn't follow the directions of the Marvel staff and after repeated warnings, the baton came down. But others said that one staff member dressed in a Spider-Man costume kept turning people away from lining up, causing folks to just wander about by the booth. Reportedly, he then suddenly told everyone they could line up which caused a fight for position. Finally security was called and the ticket draw for the signing was cancelled.
Either way… the Netflix Daredevil show looks like it is going to be very, very popular indeed.