As someone who has a great appreciation for the arts and pop-culture, it's rather strange that I've only attended two or three tradeshows - two of which involved the music industry and the last one being the ASI Show in New York. I've always longed to go to something where I can be around some of the brightest minds in film, television or even videogames.
And that's why I am attending the 2011 New York Comic Con at the Jacob Javits Center in October.
It all started when I got into a small (but public) debate with a friend on the importance of certain superheros. Before the debate got any more heated, I told him we would discuss it further at a later time. That time never came - but I bought 3-day passes for the tradeshow for his birthday. If there is any place to continue the debate on whether Superman is really as great as people deem him to be, it's at a Comic Convention.
Now, before I continue, a little bit about myself. I don't own a mint-condition copy of The Goon or dress like Thor at movie premiers. I don't spend my time LARPing on the weekend and anime is only a Japanese cartoon as far as I'm concerned. I do have an appreciation for the impact the pop-culture icons have on our society. But the New York Comic Con is more than just comics. As of a matter of fact, I look forward to seeing the exhibits, panels and special guests dedicated to video games, toys, movies and television above all else.
But one thing I will have in common with the other 100,000 fans expected to grace the Jacob Javits Center in October 13-16 is their love for tradeshow giveaways. I am sure there will be plenty of promotional pens on hand for the countless amount of signatures that could be collected over the course of four days as well as promotional incentives when buying comic books, posters and video games. I know that I will be bringing a promotional tote bag with me for all the things I might be interested in taking home with me. Maybe I will print Professor X or a Space Invader on it so I don't feel incredibly left out while people are dressed up. (and no, I won't be dressing up in costume)