New York Comic-Con 2013 problems mean that isn't as great as it's made out to be. In fact, I might even say that it's a pointless and a waste of time that harms the comic book industry, the TV industry and the people who attend the event. There, I said it. I imagine this is something of an unpopular opinion, but it has to be said. The fact is, Comic-Con has ballooned into an ultimately pointless spectacle and media event that actually doesn't really serve anyone expect the press people.That's not to anyway depreciate the people who set up panels, events and parties at New York Comic-Con 2013, but the fact is there are plenty of problems to Comic-Con. For starters:
Problem #1: It's Just An Excuse To Make A Quick Buck
New York Comic-Con 2013's primary problem is for profit and not affiliated with San Diego Comic-Con. New York Comic-Con is being hosted by ReedPOP, "a division of Reed Exhibitions and Reed Elsevier, and is not affiliated with the long running non-profit San Diego Comic-Con, nor the Big Apple Convention." Unsurprisingly when you get a for-profit venture thrown into the mix that means you as the attendee end up having to pay for just about everything.
Unsurprisingly that means that you have to pay for everything and I don't mean just the tickets. If you want an autograph or picture with some of the more esteemed guests you may be shelling out anywhere from $30 to $60. That's for each individual person that you want an autograph or picture from by the way. These include the more famous attendees like William Shatner which will cost you a solid $75. The same is true for autographs from other sought after people while the lesser known figures who are willing to spend time with you will be left forlornly sitting at their tables.
If you want food, drink, souvenirs or anything else at New York Comic-Con 2013, make sure to bring plenty of cash. Expect to be paying a premium on anything you buy while at Comic-Con and on top of them be ready to use cash. ATM cards aren't accepted everywhere so if you run out of cash you'll have to use one of the generic ATM machines that will strip you of a couple dollars in fees.
Problem #2: Treatment Of Women And Minorities
San-Diego Comic-Con 2013 had plenty of issues with problems of sexism and offensive behavior by attendees. You can expect New York Comic-Con 2013 problems to be much the same particularly if the sort of things we have seen as SDCC is anything to go by. There have been plenty of incidents, too many to recount really so we'll simply leave it at this quote:
It's an ugly moment, an unfortunate capper to a great session, to be followed by many of the guys sitting around me offering up tired lines like "I hope they feel empowered now!" and several recitations of the Twilight mantra about ruining the Con. To be sure, most people in the room were respectful. But at a certain point, there needs to be an accounting for the fact that there is an ugliness that burbles beneath the surface of too many Comic-Con events, sometimes intentional and sometimes unintentional. That's not a task for the Con itself. It's a task for nerd culture, and one that will require an earnest attempt to understand why this sort of ugliness rises up so often around women, lest all the nerd culture stereotypes prove unfortunately true.
Problem #3: It's Always Crowded Beyond Capacity:
New York Comic-Con 2013's problem will is part of it's success which means that it will be about as crowded as a developing country's city bus. The problem is even more pronounced in the Javits Center where New York Comic-Con 2013 is being held. In previous years like 2006 the main exhibition hall could only hold 10,000 people and had to be locked down by fire marshals because it was over capacity. Even guests like Frank Mller weren't able to enter the hall and Sunday ticket sales had to be suspended. In 2007 it was basically a similar problem with a two-hour wait in frigid temperatures just to enter. Since then registration has grown exponentially.
In New York Comic-Con 2012 last year 116,000 people attended, we anticipate there will be even more this year as the profile of New York Comic-Con grows. So if you want to cram yourself into a crowded exhibition hall for hours at a time then you better come prepared. Have your walking shoes and a bottle of water because things are going to get crowded, sweaty and noisy. You should also anticipate waiting for hours in a line only to be denied entry to panels or parties because there are already too many people there. In fact, you will certainly spend more time waiting in line for things and generally just standing around while waiting for panels then you will actually attending panels.
Problem #4: The Panels Usually Aren't Informative And The Audience Asks Dumb Questions:
In New York Comic-Con 2013 one big problem is that you've been waiting for two hours and now you're finally in that panel that you desperately wanted to see. Well guess what? The panels are nowhere near as informative or interesting as you imagine them to be. Of course a lot of this depends on the members of the panel and the moderator of the panel. There's a Walking Dead panel with most of the cast and you can be sure that it will easily be one of the most popular panels at NYCC. But whatever you're imagining in your head it won't be like that.
Sometimes the moderator is bad and asks stupid questions, something the panel members are really hung over and not in the mood. Other times the audience members just ask flat out stupid questions. Check out this video of Harrison Ford having no tolerance for an utterly stupid question:
Yes the worst part of New York Comic-Con 2013 problems is going to be your fellow fanboy and fangirl nerds who are going to ask the worst questions after first telling their life story and their lifelong childhood desire to be Han Solo before finally getting around to their (stupid) damn question. See, no one cares about your life story; I didn't come to Comic-Con to hear you speak. I came to hear the panel members; I don't care about your childhood dream to marry Bobba Fett. Inevitably in every panel there will be these kinds of people there and they will drive you insane.
Problem #5: Too Much Attention Gets Paid To The People Who Have Already Succeeded:
The sad fact is that despite the many comic book creators and graphic novelists attending New York Comic-Con 2013, no one is going to pay them any attention. Aside from a few, most if not many of the attendees of Comic-Con aren't interested in comic books. Many people are coming to see the famous big name figures like Sylvester Stallone, or going to the heavy duty blockbuster events like Walking Dead or Legend of Korra. What this means is that small indie ventures for comics, graphic novels, books and movies get cut out of all the attentions because everyone swarms the panels and booths with the big name figures.
Basically if you're already famous and have got it made then you will get the most attention at Comic-Con, while if you're a rising star who still is struggling to make it you'll be lucky if you get a handful of people who talk to you (and most of them are probably only asking you where the restrooms are). New York Comic-Con 2013 rewards success with even more success and gives all the rest a struggle to get a platform for greater attention. It's hard to get press or media attention because the press or media want to write about and interview the big blockbuster attendees and panels because that gets them more readership. Ultimately this makes New York Comic-Con 2013 problematic and other events far less helpful than they should be.
Once again, I'm not saying that New York Comic-Con 2013 is bad or that you shouldn't go. Hell, I'll be going. Just keep in mind that if this is your first time attending that it won't be as fun as you imagined or as it looks like in pictures or video.