For the other 361 days of the year, it would be hard to get an obsessive fan group hundreds of thousands deep into a convention center for much of anything, but New York Comic Con always exceeds expectations. The four-day pop culture phenomenon celebrated its 10th anniversary this past weekend with fans from all over the globe as they marched down West 34th Street to revel in everything comics, TV, movies, games, toys, anime, and fun.
Hip-hop heads being some of the biggest nerds this side of a Marvel omnibus, this year seemingly had more to offer them than ever before. PoC and other hip-hop heads alike had a lot to chew on on the show floor this year, so check out the best that WatchLoud was able to find.
Afro Future Fest
A collective of Black artists, filmmakers, game designers, and overall nerds making their debut at the con this year. Founded by Diesel Funk Studios’ own Tim Fielder, Afro Future Fest features art from the likes of Afua Richardson, Anthony Pugh, Erika Alexander & Tony Puryear, and many more!
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Stephane Metayer, the creator of the upcoming Teflon Funkmanga, even swung by for a visit!
@bounce_comic and @tephlonfunk at the #afrofuturefest booth #nycc A photo posted by Afrofuturefest (@afrofuturefest) on
You may know Amandla Stenberg as Rue from The Hunger Games or even as young Cataleya in Colombiana, but her wisdom and outspokenness on cultural appropriation has pushed her into the stratosphere. She’s taking to co-authoring the graphic novel Niobe: She Is Life for Stranger Comics, and along with artists Ashely A. Woods and Markus Prime, turned the Stranger Comics booth into one of the most popping of the whole con. The first issue of Niobe is out November 4.
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Adult Swim Tyrannic Cruise
Leave it to Williams Street to know exactly how to entice geeky socialites after a long day at a convention. Adult Swim held their second annual “maiden voyage” of their Tyrannic Cruise on Saturday night, a 3-hour trip around the Hudson River complete with drinks, free food, and more Master Shake than you can handle. Rae Sremmurd, the surprise musical guests of the night, literally kept the boat rocking as they sprayed the crowd with champagne while we sailed around the Statue of Liberty.
Hip-hop & Comics panels
As most of us know, hip-hop and comics have both been at the apex of geekdom ever since Newcleus was rapping about battling Superman, and two different panel blocks set out to draw a more vivid picture of the two seemingly disparate cultures’ histories together.
On Sunday morning, Depth Of Field’s Patrick A. Reed moderated the “Hip-Hop & Comics: Cultures Combining” panel, which kicked the conversation off with Rappin’ Max Robot creator Eric Orr, Marvel illustrator and co-creator of the Public Enemy comic Adam Wallenta, MC and comic fan Likquid Stylez, illustrator Ronald Wimberly, and graphic artist/Jurassic 5 MC Charli 2na, among others. Tracing the relationship from Parliament Funkadelic’s comic-inspired cover arts to Marvel’s hip-hop variant covers, history was dropped. The conversation continued on Sunday afternoon at the DMC Comics panel, where publisher and co-founder Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, editor-in-chief Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez, and co-founder “Riggs” Morales talked about their upcoming second issue, influences behind issues 1 and 1.5, and the constant borrowing going on between hip-hop and comic cultures since before King of Rock was a thing.
Cosplay, cosplay, cosplay
Of course, you can’t have Comic Con without copious amounts of cosplaying going on. Here are some highlights from across the weekend.
#mrfreezecosplay #victorfreeze #mrfreeze #freeze #freezetomeetyou #whatkilledthedinosaurstheiceage #newyorkcomiccon #newyorkcomiccon2015 #nycc2015cosplay #cosplay #cosplayers #nyccsaturday #jacobjavitscenter #batman #batmancharacters #batmanroguesgallery aaaallll the photocred to @rojo.loca.3 she’s the best thank you so muuucchh A photo posted by Johnathan (@arttheatrenerd_life) on