I didn't make it to New York City's Comic Con convention this past weekend. I can't lie -- for me, the words "Comic Con" have always conjured up awkward images of comic book nerds and gaming enthusiasts. Nevertheless, when I discovered my good friend Nicole would be attending, my opinion quickly changed. "If you see ANY promotional products," I begged, "please snap a photo!" And so, while I was unable to get into Manhattan for the epic event, thanks to Nicole, we all get a glimpse into the world of comics and pop culture!
According to Nicole, the event was "super dorky, but still fun!" She works on movie sets, has her own line of vintage items and handmade jewelry, and is very into costume and design. So when she told me she'd be dressing up as Arwen from Lord of the Rings, I knew to expect something great. Check out her beautiful outfit!
Apparently there were signs all over Comic Con stating that photos weren't allowed. But, being the loyal and dedicated friend that she is, Nicole "sneaked some here and there." Let's take a look at some promotional products that were on display at Comic Con:
How amazing is this oversized customized tote? The bag is imprinted with the words "Mighty Fine" and "Epic Noms," and features cupcake versions of Sesame Street's Elmo and Cookie Monster. It's so colorful; I love it!
While it's a little blurry, you can see dozens of super hero-themed promotional t-shirts in the background of this photograph. I'm obsessed with the life-sized Mario, too. How cool would that look in your living room?!
In this picture, you can see just how crammed New York's Javits Center was for Comic Con. I don't know if I'd have been able to handle the crowds! You'll also notice several colorful banners, signs, and other trade show supplies in the background. What a great way for exhibitors to really make a name for themselves!
Just looking at these images, you can tell that Comic Con was a huge success. But it's also clear that its audience is evolving.
Perhaps best put by The Hofstra Chronicle, "The stereotypical image of the overweight, ponytail-wearing 30-year-old with hygiene issues, feverishly digging through a stack of plastic wrapped issues for an affordable damaged copy of X-Men #1 is beginning to fade as the industry becomes both more mainstream and more profitable." Indeed, my friend Nicole is certainly part of a new wave of Comic Con fans. It's exciting to see such a vibrant event become more popular. Hey, you might even see me at next year's event!