I arrived early again, eight am (keep in mind the con opens at ten), and surprisingly there was no line outside the Javits center. I follow the rest of the colorfully dressed attendants inside and find that where all the stuff was set up last year is now where we're lining up. Now, I didn't realize how many large rooms the Javits Center has so this had me initially worried. But at least I wasn't as far back in line as I was the previous year (though this year the con being held in April rather than February, I wouldn't have minded waiting in line outside). Anywho, they throw out a bunch of free stuff to keep the waiting masses peaceful - starting with stacks Ben 10 coasters which... really they should've known it would take some people all of five minutes to figure out that those things could be thrown like frisbees, but let's forget that. I got a nifty poster bag, didn't get any of the cheap batman toys or t-shirts that were being tossed but those things aren't much of anything anyways.
Soon before they opened up the doors, spotted Stan Lee from a distance.
Line proceeded fairly peacefully when it opened up and... we entered a just as large room as they had last year. And this time around it looked as though they decided to include the artist's alley and autographs all into one room - which was an improvement from last year (the room they had things in last year got uncomfortably cramped, and that's on top of having to walking outside the main area to get there). Five minutes wandering around, I spot Seth Green on his way to his booth or whatever. I had to do a double-take.
But after a bit of mindlessly wandering around I stopped at the Wizard's of the Coast table. To recap, last year they had a demo section which after checking out as many games as possible, you could get a free gift (you play at least three, you roll a giant d20, you play more than the minimum you get bonuses added on and based on your number you had different sections to choose from (could get as small as booster packs of Magic cards to manuals to very large models of dragons and such) - last year I playtested all the games and got a nifty manual). However, this year was a tad cheaper, nothing for playing more than the minimum of two - and you only received a card board box with Forces Unleashed design and a few Magic the Gathering cards. Playtested Maple Story, the Star Wars models game, and a D&D models game.
Met up with tigerman and wulven, we all wandered a bit more - we collected a lot of free posters, comics, and other crap. At one point also ran grisser and noahbunny.
Playtested a demo of the Kingdom Hearts game, I actually enjoyed that one - picked up a bunch of boosters. Also the Chaotic playtest and a fighting card game. Got a signed copy of Lio, an awesome Brawl poster from the VG Cats table, a signed book from Jim Butcher, a signed comic from silentkimbly, signed copies of the first four Tall Tails volumes.
Quite a lot of Naruto and Star Wars costumers wandering around. I was a little disappointed that on my way back to the train I spotted, on the other side of the street headed in the opposite direction mind you, an awesome Appa costume. I really wish I could've gotten a pic of him.
Line looking front and back - this is about a half-hour before the doors opened.
The guy from Scifi Ninja Theater capturing on film her... two biggest assets.
Same Skeletor as last year, still unemployed... the bum.
The masses rest.
And now for a lot of pics of the painted car ^.^
Yes, they had a party game of this for sale. Basically the goal is to match people up according to their orientation (I was half-listening to the explanation so I may not have that 100% right).
Terrible trio - a joker, a snow globe, and a Lynx.
Oh, and now a Quinn, a Lynx, and a Wolf.
Guy was dead-on for Hellboy.