Once again readers, New York Comic Con 2019—shortened to NYCC2019—has come with a bang and left with one, too. As usual, we here at Honey’s Anime ventured into this huge convention with dreams of seeing every site, visiting every booth and seeing every panel. Unfortunately, that venture isn’t really possible with an event as large as NYCC and this 2019 season was no exception. Even with time constraints, we tried our best to see everything we could and we think we did a pretty good job! We shall talk in more detail about what we experienced in NYCC2019 and what you readers can expect if you go next year and how you can best experience this enormous event!
|When it Established||The first New York City Comic Con launched around 2006!|
|Length of Event||4 Days (Thursday-Sunday)|
|Place/Location||Jacob K. Javits Convention Center|
|COST|| There are a wide range of prices for NYCC, but here are the primary ones you can expect:|
Single Days Prices range from $55 (for Adults) and $15 dollars for Kids on Sunday.
4-Day Passes (No more 3 Day passes this year) cost $190
Remember you will also need to verify your badges—aka your passes—via a website prior to showing up to NYCC. This concept has been around for a few years now and will no doubt return next year too. Prices can also increase as we’ve noticed a huge increase over the last several years.
|Hotels||Being NYC, there are a plethora of hotels you can choose from and still be close enough to NYCC! Our best advice is to do research early on as how far you wish to be from the convention itself and are willing to either use taxis, Uber, Lyft and/or the public transportation such as subways or busses.|
Company/Event Message for Fans/Attendees
“New York Comic Con - The biggest and most exciting popular culture convention on the East Coast!”
What to Expect
Those planning to hit up NYCC20 will need to know this convention is a beast! There are many things you need to check off on a personal check list before attempting to dive into NYCC20. Before even that though you need to understand some key elements of what you can expect from Comic Con. The first is be prepared for how busy NYCC can—and will—get! There are easily thousands of attendees who will be around you at any given time and unlike the previous NYCC events, each year we notice more fans and even more crowds. Plan ahead, folks! Be ready to know what panels you wish to visits, what shops you want to buy from and where things are located such as restrooms and food stalls. Going into NYCC blind is like going to take a tough test without knowing anything on it, you might pass buy the chances of success become that much harder. NYCC is filled with fans who love the same culture you do and thus they will want to shop for similar items as well as wait in line for the same panels. When the announcements for NYCC20 come out and show what will be on the show floor write down a plan and follow it as best as you can. You can still enjoy NYCC without a plan, but you might miss out on some of the rarer experiences you can have if you choose to do so.
What to Bring in Order to Enjoy the Event
Every year NYCC grows a bit more, but that doesn’t mean what you can bring ultimately changes. You should always have a knapsack/backpack or be prepared to buy one in NYCC—at higher prices—so you can carry various items like water, snacks, purchases and free merch. Next, dress appropriately. Cosplayers might need to wear their outfits but for regular attendees, you should understand that the weather around NYCC and the convention are two different things entirely! Even if it’s cold outside—NYCC does take place in the fall—the Javits Center itself is filled to the brim with people meaning it will get hot…fast. Dress lightly while inside for maximum comfort! Outside of that, bring money or credit cards. Maybe you plan to not spend a lot at NYCC, but you should still be ready in case you see an ultra-rare figure exclusive to NYCC or something you’ve been eyeing for a while. A separate tip though is do some homework ahead of time readers. NYCC might have a ton of vendors, but their prices can be almost double what online outlets—like Amazon or RightStuf—charge for specific merch. We saw plenty of figures, anime and statues going for $60 or $45 when online—even with shipping and handling—you can pay only $20 at most. Bring a plan on what you are willing to spend and what you know is just going to be extra money. Also, purchase meals beforehand if you don’t wish to spend $12-$20 dollars on lunch/dinner.
What to Do While There/What is Available
NYCC constantly gets different outlets each year but the main themes don’t change dramatically. For fans of comics, there are tons of comic book vendors with some rare comics and even limited edition ones to purchase. In terms of panels, most of the panels relate to comic book or comic themed concepts. For example we saw a few panels dedicated to The Walking Dead and Marvel which were fun to learn upcoming shows/movies planned. Anime and video games have also begun to dominate NYCC as we saw various exhibits for Project Resistance—the latest Resident Evil game—as well as Epic Seven and a slew of other titles. We even got to see some of these games in action well before the public which got us pumped for these future releases. No matter if you consider yourself a gamer, comic book fan and/or fan of all things nerdy/geeky, NYCC is the perfect place to see it all and come out with some truly amazing sights.
There were hundreds of cosplayers—both beginner and expert level—in NYCC19! We will say that some of them were so good we decided to make a separate article talking about the cosplay we loved at this year’s NYCC! Look forward to a link soon that will direct you to that article to see some truly awesome cosplay!
NYCC19 was an amazing experience that truly shows each year this convention only gets bigger and better. While the prices have increased and there are a lot more lines for everything, NYCC19 still provides a place to lose yourself to all things nerdy/geeky. We honestly can’t wait for NYCC20 and know we’ll be there when the lines form! Did you also go to NYCC19 or plan to go to NYCC20? Comment below with some thoughts on it and be sure to describe your experience or ideas of how to best enjoy the con! For even more articles related to NYCC and other conventions, be sure to keep stuck to our hive here at Honey’s Anime!