The sixth annual New York Comic-Con was host to its largest audience to date at over 100,000 people. And it’s thanks to that audience the convention got to deliver on some of the biggest events of the year in the world of geekdom.
With the massive weekend now over, we take a look back the five biggest things that came out of NYCC 2011.
5. The CosPlay
What kind of Comic-Con list would it be if it didn’t start with arguably the most famous element of any con? NYCC may not be as land mark as San Diego, but no one told that the cosplayers who were out in full force this past weekend. From female Deadpool to Captain America Dogs (they were there, I promise) no matter which way you turned, CosPlay was in full swing at NYCC and it was one of the best sights of the weekend.
4. Terra Nova
The first panel at the IGN theater on Saturday was certainly no slouch as Terra Nova proved it could stand with the big boys. The fantastic episode aside, the panel that took place was just as much fun to watch as some any of the main events from later that day.
If there’s one thing you can say about Stephen Lang (other than the fact that he’s the definition of awesome), it’s that the man really knows how to work a crowd. From dwarf tosser jokes to messing with the question-askers on the floor, watching Lang on stage alone was worth the trip to the city.
3. The Avengers
From the first panel of Saturday to the last. There’s no doubt about it, The Avengers took the IGN theater for a ride at NYCC. Even while watching a trailer they had all seen one hundred times over on their computers, the crowd was full of energy and ready to take whatever the panel had to give.
Perhaps the best highlights weren’t the exclusive scenes shown from the film. It was all the B-roll moments of the panel. Things like Ruffalo coining his new catch-phrase “Ruffalized,” Clark Gregg singing his own version of the Avengers theme song to the crowd, all the woman gushing over Tom Hiddleston during the audience Q&A and a story involving Chris Evans, a text message and the phrase “assemble.” The Avengers came to the con with one goal, leave the crowd on a massive high, and there’s no doubt that they succeeded.
2. The Walking Dead
The Avengers might have been a big deal but when it comes to blowing the doors down, that metal goes to The Walking Dead and their massive nine person panel (ten if you count Chris Hardwick and his new after show, Talking Dead). Despite only showing a single sequence which would air in the premiere 24 hours later, it was enough to send the highly enthusiastic crowd into a frenzy at the tiniest sight of zombie blood being spilled.
Not to mention that the panel featured one of the most adorable twelve year-olds to ever grace the planet. Chandler Riggs in a lot of ways was a child version of Stephen Lang from earlier that morning. The kid knew exactly what type of crowd he was sitting in front of and knew exactly what to say in order to get them riled up. Things like “my zombie fighting weapon of choice would be a flame thrower with a bayonet.”
1. Locke & Key
There may not have been a panel that followed, but the most talked about, unaired project from this past pilot season, Locke & Key drew a huge crowd to it’s one-time-only east coasting screening of the pilot episode (which was 100% completed except for the credit sequence). Much like The Walking Dead, I had zero knowledge of anything that was in the source material. But apparently, whether they did or didn’t, everyone felt the same way, the pilot was fantastic.
It’s clear this and the screening at SDCC from earlier this year are proving grounds that will hopefully lead to a deal between 20th Centruy Fox and the rumored eying network, MTV to bring the series to air. One thing is for certain, there’s an excellent mythology here and there needs to be more of it explored.
Honorable Mentions: Ghost Rider 2, Total Recall footage, Underworld Awakening and A Liar’s Autobiography.