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Under The Tents: New York Comic-Con Edition

Even though the Plaza is empty and the tents have been put away for their long winter’s nap, the convention scene is still buzzing with news of the San Diego Convention Center expansion and what might now end up being North America’s largest comics convention in terms of attendance, New York Comic-Con.

So we figured, like a bunch of geeks gathering in the moonlight on the lawn outside of Hall H, why not meet back up every now and again for some friendly conversation on recent news stories from the web?

Saying that, here’s the stuff you might have missed:

  • Business Insider was at New York Comic-Con this past weekend (leading us to ask, “who wasn’t?”), and asked cosplayers on the exhibit floor what they did in their real lives. Which of course the only correct answer was from the zombie nurse who said, “What are you talking about? This is who I am, every single day.” Check out the video, embedded below.

  • Looking for love? So were hundreds of NYCC attendees last week. Another Business Insider article, this time profiling Sci-Fi Speed Dating, the organization which facilitated eight speed dating sessions through the convention. If you found your inter-galactic soul mate at one of these, please let us know in the comments!

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And that Green Goblin…Chris Cooper will be playing Norman Osborn in next summer’s Spidey sequel. Could we be seeing a more creature-like version of the popular villain?

“If somebody wants to come play, we’re more than happy to figure out how to make that work in the story,” said Loeb about bringing movie stars like Chris Hemsworth and Robert Downey Jr. onto the set.

  • Any Grand Theft Auto V fans? At a panel for the recently-released video game, an audience member had a request for guest Steven Ogg, the voice of Trevor, and his response is priceless. Check out the video (NSFW), below:
  • In an article on Reuters, Adult Swim Senior Director of Marketing Jim Babcock gave some insight as to how exhibitors such as the popular network block make their decisions on what they might bring to the convention, and how some of the smaller cons in between miss the cut:

A convention too near San Diego or New York in timing might not be viable because the company would not have time to put together another presentation so quickly, he said.

Timing also matters in other ways. If Adult Swim does not have anything new slated for the next quarter or so, the con probably will not be a fit, Babcock said.

  • Take a look at the fees celebrities were charging at NYCC, including the list of talent booked by convention organizers themselves, per an article on Gawker. $395 for an autograph only from Sylvester Stalone? How about $445 for a photo opp? How about “no thank you”!
  • Ending on a positive note, Zachary Levi’s The Nerd Machine, in its inaugural visit to NYCC, raised $23,000 during the weekend for Operation Smile, the charity for which it had already raised $215,000 earlier this year at SDCC’s NerdHQ.

Were you at NYCC this weekend? If you have any good stories or moments to share, please leave a comment below.


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