Also, NYCC has a lot more hot girls dressed in skimpy superhero outfits. I'll get right to what I'm sure is the point for many of you and post this picture that includes a hott Wonder Woman (also, Baron XIII's amazing deadpan expression in spite of his being surrounded by AWESOME):
I'll confess--about eight steps inside the gates of the Javitz Center, before I even got my laminate, I was in the grips of SERIOUS SENSORY OVERLOAD. Giant Ugly Dolls, multiple Bob Fetts, and a horde of Harley Quinns sent my brain reeling in a not-unpleasant manner. Being in NYCC for an hour gave me that wobbly "I've been drinking in the afternoon" feeling, which persisted until I was well outside of the gates (let the record show I was NOT drinking in the afternoon, FYI).
In typical style, I managed to buy nothing that relates to comics (d'oh), but if I had to pick out a comics-related highlight, I'd have to say that Geoff Grogan's collage-style Frankenstein story was a monster mash after my own heart. Gorgeous artwork and and a brilliant narrative style make this must-have stuff.
Remembering the Groovy Age of Horror reviews from a few months back, I picked up David Wellington's "13 Bullets," "99 Coffins" and "Vampire Zero," seizing the opportunity to have each book autographed by the author. I'm about thirty pages into the first book and I'm loving it. Let me hear an AMEN! for monster-style vampires. Per Mr. Wellington, his next project involves werewolves, handled in a similarly monstrous style (I know I have a couple of serious werewolf enthusiasts reading this--consider yourselves informed and shouted-out).
Of course, it wouldn't be a trip to con-land without coming back with tee shirts. It's a sick, sad addiction--I know. I picture myself sobbing while my mother tries to pull several pounds of silk-screened cotton out of my clenching fists, televised on A&E's "Intervention" some day. For those of you who share a similar fixation, hie thee to Chop Shop and ITeeToo.com for some hella-excellent tee shirt design action. Unless, of course, you're OK with being less cool than I am due to my ownership of "Internets" and "Darwin" shirts.
In the toy report, it's a Vincent Price kinda year. Though I didn't manage to snap photos, there are gorgeous "Pit and the Pendulum" and "Masque of the Red Death" dolls coming out, along with these amazing portrait-styled figures pictured above. I have a strict No Action Figures policy in effect in my own home (such are the compromises one makes in order to cohabit with another human being), but please--PLEASE--make me happy and add these to your collections, won't you?
In conclusion, a picture of me with Krampus (not sure if he knew he was Krampus or not, but in my world--KRAMPUS):