In case you missed the buzz, this past weekend (October 10-13) was New York Comic Con, which took place at the Javits Center in New York City. Comic books, manga, TV, film, video games, book publishing – if it entertains, it was probably at NYCC.
Though the convention was open to the press early last week, I only attended for one day and decided to focus on a few specific things: interesting cosplays, manga news, and panels.
I had an eye out for great cosplays, and of the many cosplays I saw on Saturday, I was a bit surprised to see that along with the Batmans, Supermans, and Harly Quinns I expected to see, there were a lot of anime cosplays as well.
Dominating these were the ATTACK ON TITAN cosplays – lots of people who appeared to be cosplaying just soldiers or Titans, but many cosplaying specific characters as well. I saw a lot of Sashas, Mikasas, and what seemed to be Eren (though I didn’t ask, so I’m not sure.) I didn’t see as many Bleach or Naruto cosplays as I’m accustomed to seeing, but the number of Deadpools made up for that. The number of Wonder Woman cosplays also surprised me.
In terms of manga, the Kodansha booth looked busier than most; Kodansha USA holds the English license for titles including SAILOR MOON and ATTACK ON TITAN. (Though it probably helped that one publicist was cosplaying the Colossal Titan.) Kodansha USA also made a few announcements at NYCC that you can find on their website: in Attack on Titan news, a “definitive guide” will be published in June 2014, ATTACK ON TITAN: JUNIOR HIGH and ATTACK ON TITAN: BEFORE THE FALL manga will release March 2014, and ATTACK ON TITAN: NO REGRETS is coming August 2014; other titles to release digitally in 2014 include MY LITTLE MONSTER (Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun), NEGIMA!, and SAY I LOVE YOU (Sukitte Ii na Yo).
One interesting manga publisher mainstream readers may not be aware of is Gen Manga, which I discovered at NYCC. Gen Manga discovers doujin artists in Japan and commissions full-length comics, which they publish in print and digital formats. Of the titles they had at the con, I was most interested in checking out SORAKO and VS ALIENS.
While I’d planned to cover two panels in total, the first panel – The Mary Sue Presents Representation in Media – was completely full: there wasn’t even standing room. While disappointed, I was pretty excited to see how many con-goers cared about the topic, which is very close to my heart.
The second panel, All Things YA, wasn’t quite what I expected: while I thought it was a trend report, it was actually six editors talking about the upcoming titles from their imprints. Unfortunately, I didn’t take much away from this panel except that The CW is no longer waiting for a book to become popular before making a show out of it (THE 100 and DOROTHY MUST DIE are both on the channel’s plate) and that Random House Children’s apparently can only compare its titles to THE HUNGER GAMES in marketing material.
Overall, NYCC was a mind-blowing experience, but admittedly one day is hardly enough on your first trip there.
Feliza Casano is the founder and editor in chief of Girls in Capes and writes for all sections of the web magazine. She spent her first two hours at New York Comic Con staring at stuff and experiencing con overload. Follow her on Twitter @FelizaCasano.