The good folks who organize the annual event have posted a Survival Guide, which they have even made into a PDF for easy downloading. DaddyTips (that’s us) has been to NYCC every year since it began, so we have some tips of our own to share.
NYCC’s guide has some good suggestions, such as:
- Water: Bring some. Better yet, bring a bottle and refill it. Onsite food and drink is expensive and the lines are long. This is even more true if you bring your children.
- Comfy shoes: You will be walking. A lot. And standing. Even if you are not inclined to stand in long lines, there will be much standing and walking by you. This is known. We would like to add that good socks are also key to a successful Comic Con experience. Comfy shoes + good socks = happy feet. Never a bad thing.
- Check the schedule ahead of time: this is more important to those who wish to attend particular panels, signings and other events. There are screenings, for example, and seating is limited. That can lead to the aforementioned lengthy lines. Get the info you need at NewYorkComicCon.com.
- No realistic-looking or actual weaponry: This is by far my favorite tip in the NYCC Survival Guide. The official wording is, “Don’t Make It Too Realistic.” To whit: “Prop weapons will be allowed providing they are composed of cardboard, foam, wood or other light materials. Prop firearms are allowed only if they cannot be mistaken for real weapons. The barrel of all prop firearms must be covered with brightly-colored caps. Prop bows will be allowed providing all arrows have soft tips.” (Emphasis added.)
Now for a few tips from us. Geek Gold Card, we have.
- Sunday is Kids’ Day but it’s all sold out. If you don’t have a ticket for your child, don’t just show up with them and expect to get in. That’s the way it worked in previous years but this year I’m told things are different. Tickets for the entire show are sold out, so you should have this information already. Still, it’s a change, and change is always worth mentioning.
- Expect to spend money, and bring cash. I spent more last year than I did at every other NYCC combined. This is largely because of the fact that my kids are old enough to be interested in specific items and savvy enough to know what’s worth buying. Like an awesome C-3PO action figure, an old-school big one, that the seller gave me for 20 bucks because it was for my kid and not for me. At least that’s what he said. I’m inclined to believe him. You weren’t there, don’t judge.
- The best bargains are on Sunday. This fact may or may not be known, but now it is. We got some great deals on Sunday last year, like a big hardcover ‘Bloom County’ collection, brand-new, for ten dollars; it’s a 40 or 50 dollar book usually. Vendors don’t want to bring stuff back with them so they are more willing to accept a lower offer. I’m a bad haggler but even I can get some nice prices on cool stuff.
Last but not least — have fun! Yes, it’s crowded, probably more crowded than you’d like it to be. It’s also a gigantic convention center filled to the brim with stuff that you’re into, like comic books, comic book movies, and all things superhero. Also other things that you may be more into than we are, like anime and manga. Or cosplay. (Which is another way of saying “play dress-up”. It’s OK, but let’s be honest about it.) Basically, once you’ve decided to go, have a good time once you’re there.