Where else does a life-size Smaug head loom with his dragon eye seeking out lunchmeat?
New York Comic Con is the place!
If you were in the vicinity of the Javit’s Center during October 9-12, or in Manhattan at large, you almost assuredly witnessed the pop culture invasion of the city with all of the artists, entertainers, and inspired cosplay Comic Con goers gracing the city streets.
The art, film, toys, anime, comics (of course), video games, and books bring beloved works to the masses.
This year's New York Comic Con broke the all time attendance record with [an] estimated 151,000 attendees surpassing San Diego Comic Con by 21,000 [and] . . . thus, becoming the largest comic book convention in North America.
From an artistic standpoint, one can easily be overrun with inspiration and the myriad innovative productions that come to make up the panels, screenings, and booths of the show.
And that is not even including the amazing fans, the kings of fandom, that dress up in the most intriguing and epic fashions to mimic their beloved characters from all lines of fiction.
Even George Clooney ended his hiding from nerd-dom, for the abysmal Batman and Robin, as he surprised tens of thousands of people walking the floor and plugging his newest movie.
"It is not lost on me that I'm spending my honeymoon at Comic Con," joked George Clooney, star of the upcoming Tomorrowland, once he sat down at the event.
At Booth 1061 in the center of the show floor, two of the major upcoming publications from Pentian were announced: the thriller Cyberwar, slated for a December 1st release this year, by Rune Works founder R.J. Huneke; and the limited release preview Issue # 0 of Blackwood State, the graphic novel that will be a forthcoming three issue run, by Ivan O’Neill.
Things . . . fun things were promoted by the author and artist who were present to meet, sign, and talk-up fans with their new works, as amazing bits of mayhem waged war around them from the throngs of super-happy con goers.
Let’s Get It On!
Street Fighter throwbacks found the Rune Works corner, as two different Cammy’s met and squared off in an epic battle between two stunningly realistic depictions of the fighting game’s heroines (see the pictures!) vying for victory.
Artist and writer Ivan O’Neill had difficulty in restraining the two braided babes as they looked to finish each other off.
Similar meetings between damn near identical twin Mia’s – just in time for the anniversary of Tarantino’s masterpiece Pulp Fiction – occurred, though one was in dancing form and the other in post-overdoes form.
No leaf was left unturned as Groot made an appearance and even posed with a miniature dancing potted version of himself before Breaking Bad’s Gus – half blown up – wheeled with his nemesis in a wheelchair.
Nothing was taboo!
From the mobs of walking Game of Thrones cosplay cast to the endless rows of vintage, modern, and bound comic books, art was in abundance whether via the artists, their distributers, or the readers themselves.
Gandalf was wizarding as various different doctors were Who’ing.
To sum up the New York Comic Con 2014 experience into one word, it was . . . magic!
[This article was first published on Examiner.com: http://www.examiner.com/article/new-york-comic-con-breaks-151000-attendees-rune-works-highlights-from-the-floor]