Square Enix has VR manga, apparently.
This year’s New York Comic Con has come and gone, inviting just about 200,000 people into the halls of Javits Center in New York City to experience some of the best nerd entertainment this side of the country has to offer. Despite having reduced the amount of exhibitors and artists due to construction within the venue, this year’s event managed to improve upon its predecessor by over 20,000 fans in attendance.
Upon entering the convention center, it was immediately clear that some big name brands were sponsoring the event. Toy merchandise company Funko, entertainment channel Comedy Central, Rooster Teeth original show RWBY, and even Ecoin, of all things, were in full display above major ingresses.
Nickelodeon had one of the most glaring presences in the convention, as a replica of Spongebob’s house from the cartoon could be seen from even behind bag check.
That’s not to say that New York Comic Con 2017 didn’t have a big gaming presence, of course. One of the most prominent exhibitors at the convention every year is Project Triforce, the sculpting company behind some of the best video game collectibles in the industry. Some of the company’s most well-designed and sought-after figures were showcased, including those featured in games like The Last of Us, Max Payne 3, and LawBreakers.
There were statues on display that weren’t made by Project Triforce, too. The First 4 Figures booth had some amazing depictions of characters like Spyro, Shovel Knight, Aku Aku, Mario, Bowser, Zero, and Solid Snake. They cost a pretty penny, though, as the Metal Gear Solid statue alone was priced at about $500.
Good Smile Company had a few treasures of its own, including an adorable Ludens figure by way of Kojima Productions.
There were some statues that were exclusively meant for fans just to marvel at. A replica of a drake from the recently released Middle-earth: Shadow of War had fans wait for quite some time just for the chance to have their picture taken with it. Needless to say, cosplayers probably had the most fun with it – especially those dressed as Deadpool.
Games were actually playable at the New York Comic Con too, mind you, including highly anticipated titles like Monster Hunter World and Dissidia Final Fantasy NT. Sadly, the anticipation for Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night seemed lukewarm in comparison.
Konami had a sizable presence at the event too, mostly pushing mobile game Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links but offering a great incentive of stopping by their booth in the form of paper Yami Yugi hair hats. I shamelessly took many home.
To no one’s surprise, international, domestic, and local comic book companies dominated about half of the entire show floor. Some vendors included Dark Horse, Midtown Comics, and Royal Collectibles, just to name a few.
Square Enix dedicated a lot of its space to comics too. The company even featured demos of some its virtual reality manga.
Who can have manga without anime? Major anime streaming services like Funimation and Crunchyroll could be seen from across the show floor advertising hit shows like My Hero Academia and Dragon Ball Super.
Though revelations concerning the new Punisher Netflix series were pulled from New York Comic Con following recent tragic events, Marvel still managed to draw in huge crowds, so much so that attendees often found it hard to get around them. The same goes for DC, who had its own space dedicated to the upcoming Justice League outside of the show floor. The movie’s costumes were on full display below the signature tagline “You can’t save the world alone.”
The convention’s artist alley returned this year, though it was moved from its usual location due to construction. Artists from around the world across a variety of different industries sold great pieces here, though the lighting in this area of the convention center didn’t do their work justice.
A number of food trucks were lined up outside New York Comic Con, offering a surprising array of dining options (at a price).
Last but not least, New York Comic Con included a couple of neat arcade cabinets featuring titles like Donkey Kong and Frogger. Seeing as how they weren’t included in prior years, they were quite the welcome addition.
New York Comic Con does a fine job of coalescing various aspects of nerd culture into one gigantic four-day celebration, and this year was no exception. Here’s hoping that next year’s event will be even bigger and better.