As you can see, a lot happened at New York Comic Con and Danny’s very excited to share it with you all! This year’s convention was held on October 11-14, 2012 at the Jacob Javits Center. The convention started on Thursday, which was only open to VIPs, professionals, press and 4-day badge holders. This meant a more relaxing day of shopping with less people!
Fufu, well although there were certainly less people, relaxing isn’t exactly the word I would use. Even though it was only the first day, there was so much to see and do! I spent the day with a friend walking the show floor collecting swag like a pro, as well as snapping photos. We’ll have a gallery at the end of the post with all my swag and merchandise, but here’s the photos from the first day!
The video is a quick clip of the Tumbler from The Dark Knight. The writing on the glass reads, “Weighing in at 75 lbs. this tumbler was used in the filming of scaled model Gotham City action sequences for ‘The Dark Knight.'” Pretty awesome.
That’s right! I brought my Kabuki: The Alchemy vol 1 to get signed. This was the first book/artwork I ever saw from him so it holds some sentimental value to me. He also gave me a signed first issue of his newest book, Daredevil: End of Days. Everyone should definitely check it out, it’s an amazing read!
Yup, I actually finished a new illustration recently, so I made a few prints to give as presents during this con. Other than that, I also gave him a packet of circular graph paper. I remember him pointing it out while looking through my sketchbook so I gave him the last packet I had lying around the house. I guess you could say these gifts were from an artist to a fellow artist! Check out the new illustration below!
This was from a special collaboration between Sanrio and Capcom where they sold limited edition plushies of several Hello Kitty Street Fighter characters. I just couldn’t resist taking another picture with her on Friday as well as Thursday, so I’ll post them both here.
*Ahem* And as a final guest, I ran into Rob Paulsen at the end of the day! He was giving a presentation on his new show “Bravoman” which I recorded the last 15 minutes or so of, and he also gave me a personal video message after signing a poster for me!
Here’s a quick bio from wiki for anyone unfamiliar with him: “Robert Fredrick “Rob” Paulsen III (born March 11, 1956), often credited as Rob Paulsen, is an American voice actor and singer, best known as the voice behind Raphael from the 1987 cartoon of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Yakko Warner and Dr. Otto Scratchansniff from Animaniacs, Pinky from Pinky and the Brain and Animaniacs, Rev Runner from Loonatics Unleashed, and Throttle from the 1990s and 2006 versions of Biker Mice From Mars. His role as Pinky won him a Daytime Emmy Award for male vocal performance.”
I had to come extra early on Friday to get an autographing ticket to my main event of NYCC………. YOSHITAKA AMANO~!!!! Here’s some pics I snapped before leaving the house. You can see just how early it is in the clock behind me in the second pic!
At noon Danny met Stanley Lau, the artist for the new Darkstalkers: Resurrection game! Here’s a full bio from his deviantart page: “Born and bred in Hong Kong, the multifaceted Stanley wears different hats as an illustrator, designer, concept artist, creative director and co-founder of Imaginary Friends Studios — a world acclaimed digital art studio that produces high quality artworks for the likes of Capcom, DC Comics, Square Enix and other giants in the entertainment and gaming industry. Formally trained in graphic design and advertising, Stanley’s art is imbued with a strong sense of aesthetics and visual fluidity. It is a perfect blend of eastern and western art styles. Better known by his handle Artgerm, Stanley’s art continues to infect and inspire new generations of artists and his ever-growing fan base around the world. Recently, Stanley was contracted by Capcom to provide new character artwork for the upcoming releases of Street Fighter III Third Strike Online Edition.”
Yu Asakawa-san is the seiyuu who voiced the vocaloid Megurine Luka! She has also done Sakaki from Azumanga Daioh, Shalua from Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII and Lebreau from Final Fantasy XIII among many others. Here is her panel in it’s entirety, filmed from the middle of the first row, courtesy of yours truly! It was moderated by Danny Choo.
Yoshitaka Amano is a “Japanese artist, character designer, illustrator and a theatre and film scenic designer and costume designer. He first came into prominence in the late 1960s working on the anime adaptation of Speed Racer. Amano later became the creator of iconic and influential characters such as Gatchaman, Tekkaman: The Space Knight, Hutch the Honeybee and Casshan. In 1982 he went independent and became a freelance artist, finding success as an illustrator for numerous authors, and worked on many best selling novels such as The Guin Saga and Vampire Hunter D. He is also known for his commissioned illustrations for the popular video-game franchise Final Fantasy.”
As I’m sure everyone knows by now, I’m a huge Final Fantasy fan, so meeting Amano-san was a dream come true for me. I originally had a book for him to sign, but ended up going with the Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary Poster. Released this year, it features Amano’s illustrations for each main Final Fantasy game! I also gave him a print of my illustration which he seemed to like very much. We talked briefly about me being an artist and how much of an inspiration he’s been to me. He also particularly liked the katana in my drawing, which is why when he drew Mog on my poster, he gave him a katana! Check out these super awesome epic mind blowing pictures~
On Saturday I was also able to meet Masakazu Katsura the Character Designer of TIGER & BUNNY and Kazuhiko Tamura the Producer of TIGER & BUNNY! Katsura-san is a manga artist best known for Dream Fighter Wingman, Shadow Lady, DNA², Video Girl Ai, I”s, and Zetman.
I also bought one special item for myself, a nendoroid of Hatsune Miku! Nendoroids are a line of chibi pvc figures from Good Smile Company, all with interchangeable faces and parts so they’re very poseable. This is the original best-selling Hatsune Miku nendoroid and is a must have for any nendoroid/vocaloid fans!