Friday, October 31, 2014

New York Comic Con 2014

We had an extra-special  marketing attraction this year at New York Comic-Con.  As most of you may know, I directed a special 10-page spread for Penthouse magazine (it will be in the December issue, which comes out in November) featuring mega porn star Julia Ann.  Penthouse made up some very collectible posters of Julia Ann, surrounded by my art. 

                                         Julia Ann gave my "Guard Dog" a good home...

We gave them away for free, as promotional items, and they went like hotcakes!  Because Julia Ann has such a great sense of humor and is such a good sport, we had a blast.  And guys were lined up around the corner to meet her.  One of her fans also found a comic book she starred in from 10 years ago - very cool! 

                                 Mega adult film star Julia Ann signing posters promoting her
                                     December Penthouse pictorial, featuring my artwork!

But we also had other great attractions, for the first time at NY Comic Con, I did caricatures for anyone who wanted to see what they'd look like drawn like one of my animated characters, for the paltry fire-sale price of $40.  And those sold like, umm, waffles, and so did the original art from all of my past films, including "Your Face".

You may also recall that I created the new "H" segment in the soon-to-be-released film "ABC's of Death II", and there was a signing at the Magnet Pictures booth, where I autographed posters, along with the great Larry Fessenden and Jen & Sylvia Soska, aka the Twisted Twins.  There was a long line of fun people and I got to catch up with Larry's projects. 

                                With Larry Fessenden and the Soska Sisters in the Magnet booth

I've been going to the San Diego Comic Con for over 10 years and the NY Comic Con for 7 years, and it's interesting to see the contrast between the two events.  The San Diego Con is more old Hollywood, with TV show panels and movie stars, while the NY Con seems more literary, with a lot of publishers and games.   So both are great for my needs, and I love going to both of them. 

If you believe the crowd estimates, it seems like NY Comic Con now has more attendees, but I think the San Diego Comic-Con is still larger in terms of space, since they now have events outside the Convention Center, at nearby hotels and the whole darn Gaslamp District.  But I think they're working on making the San Diego Convention Center bigger so they can increase attendance in coming years.  At the same time, this was the first year that NYCC has taken up the whole Jacob Javits Center, so if it keeps on growing, they're going to have to figure out a solution.
                                         Me with most of my booth staff - Michael, Ingrida,
                                                     James, Julia Ann, Sandrine + Lucas

And here are some of the best costumes seen at the convention, photos taken by my booth manager, John Holderried.  For the full gallery, please visit:

Wow, how about that for a collection of Bats and Cats and Scarecrows, and other people in crazy costumes?  Happy Halloween, everybody!

--Bill Plympton

1 comment:

  1. Comic Con NYC events!! I have never heard of these events. After reading your article I found these events really enjoyable. Can you tell me when these events will be organized in this year?