New York Comic Con ’12 arrived with a bang, and once again shattered attendance expectations. With “The Walking Dead” being this year’s major attraction, the convention pulled in an estimated 115,000 people, that’s 10,000 more than last year. And it was visually apparent by the crowds out front.
A heads up, the ravenous fans of “The Walking Dead” waited out three panels to see their favorite stars. I did not make it in even with people I know waiting in the line. Nor was I able to make the anime panels. That said I do have updates on some of that. But first let’s get into what I did see.
Well I walked right past Stan “The Man” Lee on my way to the DC Animated panel. It was very cool to see him, and he was very personable. Couldn’t snap a pic with his security there but it was still cool to see him. Also a part of my childhood was there in the form of the “Back to the Future” Delorean and the 60’s Batmobile! Adding to the nostalgia was running into WWE Legends Greg the Hammer Valentine, Tito Santana, Brutus the barber Beefcake!
After walking around a bit I got to play the “God Of War: Ascension” multiplayer demo and it was glorious! I played again Sunday with friends and actually accomplished the mission which was to take out a giant Cyclops. Oh there was much beheading, impaling, and evisceration to be had on that day! If anyone was worried the GoW formula would not work in multiplayer, rest assured, it’s the greatest thing to happen to the franchise since it went to HD and the PS3!
Now I’m sure by now we’ve all heard the news that one Son of Coul will be returning. That’s right Agent Coulson Lives!! And not just in the hearts of his fans or in the “Ultimate Spiderman” cartoon but on the upcoming S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series. I was actually on the floor when Clark Gregg himself came up on the Marvel stage and made the announcement. It was news to him as well apparently, as he was told to fly into NYC immediately and that it’d be worth his while. He’s quite the fanboy as well.
On the anime front “Hellsing Ultimate” will be re-released by Funimation alter this year on Blu-Ray and DVD. Volumes 1-4 will actually be released in a Blu-Ray package, which I could’ve bought there but I already own them in steel book on DVD, and Volumes 5-8 will be released next month. “Berserk” had nothing on the floor that I saw unfortunately, but I’m not ruling out an early 2013 release.
And finally the DC Animated Panel. While I have a personal stake in these as I have become rather fond of them and enjoyed all of them, I have to say the panel itself was a bit lackluster compared to previous years. This was no doubt do to scheduling issues with the voice cast. “The Dark Knight Returns Part 2” was previewed with a few clips and the trailer and it was awesome. I saw the whole junkyard “Braveheart” scene and it played out very well, despite Weller’s delivery of the “I am the Law” line being a little off as noted by Nix in the trailer. The highlight clip was definitely the scene where Joker visits the Dave Endochrine show, with Endochrine voiced by none other than Conan O’Brien. The scene is twisted and hilarious all at once and Michael Emerson as the Joker is actually perfect and disturbing in its almost normality.
But the highlight for me was meeting Kagan McLeod and getting my copy of “Infinite Kung-Fu” signed and sketched in. He drew the character Moog Jooglar for me. What a cool down to Earth guy. Comic Con ’12 was an absolute blast. And you guys have the pictures to see for yourself now. I’m already prepping for next year, can’t wait!
Check out a ton of images from New York Comic Con 2012 in the slideshow below.