New York Comic Con Highlights
Five Things We Saw – and Loved – at 2010 NYCC
New York Comic Con doesn't have the same Hollywood swagger as its San Diego counterpart, but the three-day convention at Jacob Javits Center this past weekend was still one hell of a whopping celebration for the comic book and cartoon industry of Gotham. From superheroes and vamps to teenage boys posing as real-life Scott Pilgrims, some 300 panels, screenings, and thousands of vendors hawking their passion projects, the absurdity levels were at an all-time high – which is why we loved going. Below, a list of our five favorites things from New York's fifth Comic Con.
1. Lego art by Ken Sawaya
We had heard about the guy before, but when we walked onto the showroom floor we were unprepared for the sheer expressiveness of artist Ken Sawaya's lego sculptures. Constructed from a material usually associated with its quadratic shape, Sawaya's works are life-size and gradated, and flow in easy curves and spheres. They also take advantage of the building block's sharp edges as to appear pixelated. In one, a yellow man rips open his chest to reveal another pile of yellow bricks. In another, a cheeky urban intervention, hugging lego men are scattered across New York hugging trees, before eventually "walking off."
2. Cerberus Gobon Toy
We just fell in love with the "Cerberus Gobon Toy" from the Gylos System Series by Onell Design. Its shiny plastic and classic shape reminded us of toys we had growing up and didn't have to foresight to save (or not throw out the car window). We loved the toy so much, we may have swiped two.
3. Dash Shaw
For the kid who, at 25, wrote what some considered the best graphic novel of the year, "Bottomless Bellybutton," the author comes across as an established veteran. Besides discussing his complex and trippy "Body World" book with Chip Kidd, Shaw also pointed to the curious tradition of masked superheroes and glaring, all-white eyes. Shaw's take: "When your eyes go blank, you become an inhuman, mythic force." Worth a read.
4. Gus Fink
It takes a sick sense of humor to conceive of a "Stitch Maze" a maze of stitches on a patched-together cat toy – but we couldn't turn away from the rest of Gus Fink's art. From the colors – mauve pinks, moss greens and blues – to the entire sad-scary world he created, zombie bears and stitch cats and all, his books, prints and artwork feel hauntingly beautiful in the way we highlighted in The Upset.
5. Walking Dead Teaser
Rabid fans of the graphic novel clogged the IGN Theater the last day of Comic Con to get the first glimpse of the highly anticipated, unanimated TV show, which premieres in the US on AMC on Halloween. The ten-minutes of footage depicting a world plagued by a zombie nation didn't disappoint, judging from the viral posts about it minutes after. Best soundbyte from the panel: Show creator Frank Darabont said that Walking Dead will make its network peer Breaking Bad "look like p*ssies."