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NYCC 2023 Recap: A New Awesome Adventure


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I have never been to New York Comic Con before. It was on my bucket list for a long time. Besides San Diego Comic Con, it would be the greatest honor to go and experience it. I was able to receive a press pass under the Nerd Initiative banner, and additionally with my American Disability Act sticker. I attended both Friday and Saturday, and I geared up to be around fellow people who love the same things I do.

On Friday, it was just a day to familiarize myself with the Javitis Center. Most of the levels of the convention center had different things going on. Artist Alley, Show Floor, Food Trucks, and Panels. I was able to go shopping on that first day, and I purchased some figures (like my Monkey D. Luffy from One Piece) and  some merchandise from different booths. I was not able to go to any panels, because the Chris Evans panel was on Saturday.

On Saturday was the most exciting day. I was able to score a ticket to be at the panel to see Chris Evans. As most people know, he couldn’t talk about the projects he’s in now, or the past. Due to the SAG-AFTRA strike, he talked about other topics. Like him being newly married, his dog Dodger, and also some different holidays that he loves.  Chris Evans was very personable, and he thanked everyone for supporting him thus far. 

After Chris’s panel, I went off to other panels. I had the opportunity to go to the CrunchyRoll panel, which they talked about a variety of Anime coming out.  Here are some of the anime announced: 

-FRIEREN Beyond the Journey

-Spy x Family

-One Punch Man world

-Metallic Rouge

-Dr Stone

-Sengoku Youku

-One Piece

-Stupid Angel Dances with the Devil

-Spice and Wolf

Saturday night, was the hi light of my New York Comic Con experience. I had the pleasure of meeting up with the Nerd Initiative crew to host a panel with Oscar-award winning artist John Caglione Jr.  He discussed his process, and his passion on being a makeup artist. He answered questions from the audience. John also brought his Oscar, which we got to see and hold in person.  He took some pictures, and was able to sign and personalize for people. It was amazing, and the Nerd Initiative crew who hosted, was incredible. John actually got to show his work on Michael, and he did a fantastic job. 

This year’s comic con was amazing. It was my first year, so I definitely had to get used to, and get my bearings around the convention center. I will definitely be going next year, and I will have a better understanding of the center itself.  I am honored to represent Nerd Initiative and also see so many cosplays, and people in general who love the same things I do. As well as just being around people who embrace anything related to nerdy and comic book content. Until next year!

Janelle Holland
Janelle Holland
My name is Janelle, and I love comics, T.V. shows, movies. I enjoy everything from Marvel to DC. You can usually find me with a comic book in my hand and some coffee.

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