Within The Core Of Big Apple Comic Con ’09

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Comic book heaven, this way.
(Photo ©2009 by Bryan Reesman.)

I have been a lifelong comic book fan, so whenever a major event rolls into town I show up, all cash blazing. And with the economic downturn, conventions now offer great bargains for comics fans seeking back issues, toys and other merchandise. I love diving into the dollar bins to seek out classic horror and superhero comics from the Seventies, not to mention perusing the trade paperback and graphic novel collections that are 50% off. The deals work out better for the buyers than the sellers these days, so it’s best to take advantage of the sales while they happen.

Held at Pier 94 on Manhattan’s west side, this year’s Big Apple Comic Con — the first to be run by their new owners Wizard Entertainment and in a larger venue than years past (with an admittedly much higher entry fee) — certainly provided plenty of purchasing pandemonium and also featured celebrity appearances, comic artist tables, panel discussions and video game stations. I got plenty of shopping done, had my portrait sketched by famed Hulk artist Herb Trimpe and managed to chat with a few of the celebrities in attendance (photos below). While William Shatner, Kate Mulgrew and Linda Hamilton were there, I did not have any luck in spotting them. There was an impressive mix of sci-fi, TV, adult movie and comic book celebs on hand, from both old and new BSG stars to members to multiple Star Trek generations to famous faces from movies like Star Wars, Terminator, Flash Gordon and Supergirl. While the celebs were there selling autographed memorabilia and photo ops (something I find awkward often times when I just want to say something fan-like), the ones I approached for shots in ADD were cool about chatting and being photographed.

The X-Men were on hand, along with a security guard.

The X-Men were on hand, along with a
security detail. As if they needed one.
(Photo ©2009 by Bryan Reesman.)


This was my first Big Apple Comic Con, and I enjoyed the spacious yet packed event. However, the distressing news I have learned is that next year Big Apple Comic Con is going head-to-head with New York Comic Con on the same weekend (October 7-10, 2010), which to me and many others is a ridiculous idea. Having two massive comic book conventions duke it out at the same time will not only test vendor loyalties but also make it difficult for fans to choose which to attend. Why not separate them out? There is easily room for two large conventions during the year.

Let’s not worry about that for now and take a look at my personal highlights from Big Apple Comic Con 2009.


Hellboy and Predator, together at last! (Photo ©2009 by Bryan Reesman.)

Hellboy and Predator, together at last!
(Photo ©2009 by Bryan Reesman.)

It's Number Six times three! (Photo ©2009 by Bryan Reesman.)

It's Number Six times three!
(Photo ©2009 by Bryan Reesman.)

Adrianne Curry as Wonder Woman. (Photo  2009 by Luigi Novi.)

Adrianne Curry as Wonder Woman.
(Photo ©2009 by Luigi Novi.)

Cobra's still in business. (Photo ©2009 by Bryan Reesman.)

Cobra's still in business.
(Photo ©2009 by Bryan Reesman.)

Brent Spiner was on hand to chat with fans, conveniently located right at the entrance to the Con. (Photo ©2009 by Bryan Reesman.)

Brent Spiner was on hand to chat with fans, conveniently
located right at the entrance to the Con.
(Photo ©2009 by Bryan Reesman.)

Look, it's Will Ferrell as Green Lantern! (Photo ©2009 by Bryan Reesman.)

Look, it's Will Ferrell as Green Lantern!
(Photo ©2009 by Bryan Reesman.)

The lovely Melody Anderson from "Flash Gordon". (Photo ©2009 by Bryan Reesman.)

The charming and lovely Melody Anderson from Flash Gordon.
(Photo ©2009 by Bryan Reesman.)

Eric Michael Maruscak draws a portrait of Spider-Man and Batman. (Photo ©2009 by Bryan Reesman.)

Eric Michael Maruscak draws an impressive
chalk portrait of Spider-Man and Batman.
(Photo ©2009 by Bryan Reesman.)

TV's original Incredible Hulk, Lou Ferrigno, who is still in great shape. (Photo ©2009 by Bryan Reesman.)

TV's original Incredible Hulk, Lou Ferrigno,
who is still in great shape.
(Photo ©2009 by Bryan Reesman.)

Artist Dirk Strangely acting, well, strangely. (Photo ©2009 by Bryan Reesman.)

Artist Dirk Strangely acting, well, strangely.
(Photo ©2009 by Bryan Reesman.)

I'm glad someone spotted Linda Hamilton for me. (Photo ©2009 by Luigi Novi.)

I'm glad someone spotted Terminator
warrior Linda Hamilton for me.
(Photo ©2009 by Luigi Novi.)

Supergirl herself, Helen Slater, is as charming as ever. (Photo ©2009 by Bryan Reesman.)

Supergirl herself, Helen Slater,
is as fetching as ever.
(Photo ©2009 by Bryan Reesman.)

Artist Greg Horn and his colorful calling card. (Photo ©2009 by Bryan Reesman.)

Artist Greg Horn and his colorful calling cards.
(Photo ©2009 by Bryan Reesman.)

John Schneider from "Dukes Of Hazzard," who helped make my childhood enjoyable. (Photo ©2009 by Bryan Reesman.)

The affable John Schneider from The Dukes Of Hazzard,
who helped make my childhood enjoyable.
(Photo ©2009 by Bryan Reesman.)

The master Hulk artist Herb Trimpe at work.

The master Hulk artist Herb Trimpe at work.
(Photo ©2009 by Bryan Reesman.)

The famous DeLorean from "Back To The Future"

The famous DeLorean from Back To The Future.
The Batmobile was nearby as well.
(Photo ©2009 by Luigi Novi.)

The bustling Artists Alley. (Photo ©2009 by Bryan Reesman.)

The bustling Artists Alley. That's Jim Cheung seated in the foreground.
(Photo ©2009 by Bryan Reesman.)

Mike A and his creepy skateboards and merch. (Photo ©2009 by Bryan Reesman.)

Mike A. and his spookerific skateboards and merch.
(Photo ©2009 by Bryan Reesman.)

Thomas Hall (l) and Daniel Bradford (r), the men behind the new series "R13". (Photo ©2009 by Bryan Reesman.)

Thomas Hall (l) and Daniel Bradford (r),
the men behind the new series R13.
(Photo ©2009 by Bryan Reesman.)

Stylin' t-shirts galore. (Photo ©2009 by Bryan Reesman.)

Stylin' t-shirts galore.
(Photo ©2009 by Bryan Reesman.)

Now this is what I'm talking about. (Photo ©2009 by Bryan Reesman.)

Now this is what I'm talking about.
(Photo ©2009 by Bryan Reesman.)

I love the look and smell of vintage comic books. (Photo ©2009 by Bryan Reesman.)

I love the look and smell of vintage comic books.
(Photo ©2009 by Bryan Reesman.)




4 Responses

  1. jennifer

    1. If I knew Data was going to be there, I would have gone. I have such a crush on that man. He’s really aged from what I can tell in your photo.

    2. Did Melody make you pay to take her photo? She told me at Comic Con 2008 that I couldn’t take one for free!

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    • bryanreesman

      Brent spoke to us about the music studio (Pass Studios) he owns in L.A. Melody was cool and didn’t charge me. We talked about the biz for awhile, and she told me some interesting stories about the Flash Gordon anniversary DVD.

      Reply

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