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First time able to attend NYCC. Any advice you can give?
« on: October 09, 2013, 05:20:22 am »
This year my wife surprised me with a ticket to comic co.  Unfortunately she didn't understand that the tickets would be sold out so readily. Luckily they put out more Thursday tickets so here I go.

Just wondering if anyone has any good advise for a newbie convention attendee?

I am spending tonight researching what is going on on Thursday, what freebies or swag I want to buy, and hopefully artists to buy from.

However I am in the dark about when I should show up to await entry into the con. Also concerned about how everything is there. I have issues walking and usually wear a neck and back brace (bulging disks and fibro aren't fun people) but I really really want to go finally so going to suck it up and go. I am concerned about how lines could be and getting items I really am wanting.

Focuses for me:

Transformers
Walking dead
Tmnt
Lego
Avengers
Star Wars

For my kids (hoping to grab some stuff for my kids)

Tmnt
Justice league
Star Wars
Lego

Thanks in advance

Austin


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Re: First time able to attend NYCC. Any advice you can give?
« Reply #1 on: October 09, 2013, 05:45:12 am »
Are you only going Thursday then?

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Re: First time able to attend NYCC. Any advice you can give?
« Reply #2 on: October 09, 2013, 07:19:33 am »
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Are you only going Thursday then?

Only Thursday because only have a ticket for then. I would go Friday and Sunday but no ticket no luck.

Hope to see as much as I can and hopefully get some neat goodies for the kids as well as myself

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Re: First time able to attend NYCC. Any advice you can give?
« Reply #3 on: October 09, 2013, 07:20:55 am »
I know you said you did some research, which is a good start. Take a look at the schedule, see if anything catches your eye. Since you only have one day, pick wisely. I wouldn't want to waste all day in a line or room when there's a lot to see.

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Re: First time able to attend NYCC. Any advice you can give?
« Reply #4 on: October 09, 2013, 10:09:24 am »
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I know you said you did some research, which is a good start. Take a look at the schedule, see if anything catches your eye. Since you only have one day, pick wisely. I wouldn't want to waste all day in a line or room when there's a lot to see.

Thanks :)

I am just wondering what time I should show up to get in line to get in or it doesn't matter?

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Re: First time able to attend NYCC. Any advice you can give?
« Reply #5 on: October 09, 2013, 10:13:37 am »
I honestly don't expect huge lines Thursday. I know it's not sold out yet. Normally if you show up an hour or so after the doors open, you can walk right in.

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Re: First time able to attend NYCC. Any advice you can give?
« Reply #6 on: October 09, 2013, 12:21:39 pm »
there's a great general tips and tricks thread for con goers, it's geared to sdcc but more then 50% of the tips are also relevant to nycc

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Re: First time able to attend NYCC. Any advice you can give?
« Reply #7 on: October 09, 2013, 02:20:14 pm »
Thanks everyone!

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Re: First time able to attend NYCC. Any advice you can give?
« Reply #8 on: October 10, 2014, 03:49:26 am »
This is my first time as well and i was wondering if food was allowed in the javits center?

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Re: First time able to attend NYCC. Any advice you can give?
« Reply #9 on: October 10, 2014, 05:52:45 am »
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This is my first time as well and i was wondering if food was allowed in the javits center?

Yes.

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Re: First time able to attend NYCC. Any advice you can give?
« Reply #10 on: May 18, 2015, 06:43:41 pm »
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This is my first time as well and i was wondering if food was allowed in the javits center?

Not only is food allowed, so are prepared meals.  That means it's a very good idea to pack your own lunch, perhaps your own dinner, and take it with you to the con.

I myself have two thermal lunch jars with which to have warm meals at the con.  And I also have large bottles of barley tea, my NYCC drink of choice.

And if protein bars, beef jerky, and the like are your thing, look into those, too.

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Re: First time able to attend NYCC. Any advice you can give?
« Reply #11 on: May 19, 2015, 08:02:24 am »
So I saw from some earlier threads that they give out wristbands for the popular panels.  How early do the lines start for panels?  And how early does one need to be in line on Thursday?  My train gets in Thursday morning but I'm wondering if I need to switch to an earlier train.

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Re: First time able to attend NYCC. Any advice you can give?
« Reply #12 on: May 19, 2015, 08:37:13 am »
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So I saw from some earlier threads that they give out wristbands for the popular panels.  How early do the lines start for panels?  And how early does one need to be in line on Thursday?  My train gets in Thursday morning but I'm wondering if I need to switch to an earlier train.

Depending on the panel, lines form at least an hour earlier, sometimes two.  And because of limited seating in each panel room, the lines often cut out after a certain amount of people have entered.

I think the first event on Thursday last year was at 10:00 am.  But if you manage to arrive before 8:00 am, you'll be fine for sure.

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Re: First time able to attend NYCC. Any advice you can give?
« Reply #13 on: May 19, 2015, 08:50:30 am »
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This year my wife surprised me with a ticket to comic co.  Unfortunately she didn't understand that the tickets would be sold out so readily. Luckily they put out more Thursday tickets so here I go.

Just wondering if anyone has any good advise for a newbie convention attendee?

I am spending tonight researching what is going on on Thursday, what freebies or swag I want to buy, and hopefully artists to buy from.

However I am in the dark about when I should show up to await entry into the con. Also concerned about how everything is there. I have issues walking and usually wear a neck and back brace (bulging disks and fibro aren't fun people) but I really really want to go finally so going to suck it up and go. I am concerned about how lines could be and getting items I really am wanting.

Focuses for me:

Transformers
Walking dead
Tmnt
Lego
Avengers
Star Wars

For my kids (hoping to grab some stuff for my kids)

Tmnt
Justice league
Star Wars
Lego

Thanks in advance

Austin

You mentioned art but I'm not sure if you mean original comic art or sketches.  I spend most of my time in artist alley and can tell you as far as sketches go, you can definitely get on the list for artists if you're there first thing on Thursday but you will jeopardize you chances of getting toys from the main hall.  If original art is your thing, you will be fine perusing throughout the day as most of the noteworthy panel art will have already been sold before you can get to it.

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Re: First time able to attend NYCC. Any advice you can give?
« Reply #14 on: September 16, 2015, 03:32:20 am »
NYCC website now has a page for first time fans:

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You may also be interested in how to survive NYCC too:  :)

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