Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
'Chocolate City' Finally Gets a Trailer + Release Date Set (Might It Steal Some of 'Magic Mike's' Summer Thunder?) 'Chocolate City' Finally Gets a Trailer + Release Date Set (Might It Steal Some of 'Magic Mike's' Summer Thunder?) Barbie Is Honoring Ava DuVernay (and Other "Sheroes") With Her Very Own Doll. Have a Look... Barbie Is Honoring Ava DuVernay (and Other "Sheroes") With Her Very Own Doll. Have a Look... BET Unveils 2015-2016 Slate Additions: New Original Scripted & Unscripted Series, Movies, News Specials & More BET Unveils 2015-2016 Slate Additions: New Original Scripted & Unscripted Series, Movies, News Specials & More Jada Pinkett Smith's Fish Mooney Will Return to 'Gotham' Streets with a New Look & Tougher Than Ever Jada Pinkett Smith's Fish Mooney Will Return to 'Gotham' Streets with a New Look & Tougher Than Ever Mo'Nique Presents Email Evidence That Shows She Was in Contention for the Role of Cookie in 'Empire' Mo'Nique Presents Email Evidence That Shows She Was in Contention for the Role of Cookie in 'Empire' Films & TV Series Coming to (and Leaving) Netflix's Streaming Library In May Films & TV Series Coming to (and Leaving) Netflix's Streaming Library In May James Earl Jones and Cicely Tyson Will Share a Stage Again in a Revival of 'The Gin Game' James Earl Jones and Cicely Tyson Will Share a Stage Again in a Revival of 'The Gin Game' Watch: Michael Jackson’s Movie Career Summed Up in 7 Minutes Watch: Michael Jackson’s Movie Career Summed Up in 7 Minutes Watch First Trailer for 'Desperate Housewives - Africa' + Individual Character Profiles Watch First Trailer for 'Desperate Housewives - Africa' + Individual Character Profiles Watch Trailer for Jordan Davis Documentary, '3 1/2 Minutes.' Coming to HBO This Fall Watch Trailer for Jordan Davis Documentary, '3 1/2 Minutes.' Coming to HBO This Fall Quentin Tarantino's 'H8ful Eight' Gets a Teaser Trailer (Samuel L. Jackson, Belinda Owino) Quentin Tarantino's 'H8ful Eight' Gets a Teaser Trailer (Samuel L. Jackson, Belinda Owino) Here Are the Cities & Theaters in Which Patrik-Ian Polk's Award-Winning Drama 'Blackbird' Will Open Here Are the Cities & Theaters in Which Patrik-Ian Polk's Award-Winning Drama 'Blackbird' Will Open Trailer: Pilot Project 'First Gen' (The Trials and Tribulations of Being a First Gen Nigerian-American) Trailer: Pilot Project 'First Gen' (The Trials and Tribulations of Being a First Gen Nigerian-American) Apparently, Many of You Aren't Pleased With the "All-New" 'Single Ladies'... What's Going on? Apparently, Many of You Aren't Pleased With the "All-New" 'Single Ladies'... What's Going on? What to Expect in Season 2 of 'Empire' (Less Opulence; Spike Lee May Direct, Oprah May Guest-Star, More) What to Expect in Season 2 of 'Empire' (Less Opulence; Spike Lee May Direct, Oprah May Guest-Star, More) Why Was Janet Hubert (Aunt Viv) Really Replaced on 'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air'? Buzzfeed Investigates Why Was Janet Hubert (Aunt Viv) Really Replaced on 'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air'? Buzzfeed Investigates Whoopi Goldberg & Daughter Alex Martin Enter Reality TV Series Ring Whoopi Goldberg & Daughter Alex Martin Enter Reality TV Series Ring Aaron McGruder Finally Explains Why He Left 'The Boondocks' Aaron McGruder Finally Explains Why He Left 'The Boondocks' Netflix Explains Why It Doesn't Always Have That Film Or TV Show You Really Want To See (Video) Netflix Explains Why It Doesn't Always Have That Film Or TV Show You Really Want To See (Video) Tichina Arnold Says She Talked To Martin Lawrence About Doing A 'Martin' Movie... Tichina Arnold Says She Talked To Martin Lawrence About Doing A 'Martin' Movie...

Wrapping Up The 2013 Edition Of New York Comic Con - Viva La Nerdolution!

Shadow and Act By Monique A. Williams | Shadow and Act October 14, 2013 at 1:25PM

ComicCon has evolved from just a comic book convention to all things geek and then some. At this weekend’s event at New York’s Jacob Javits Center, attendants were immersed in a multitude of alterna-verses from Marvel and DC to Westeros and Bon Temps. ComicCon was a great place to let your freak flag fly, emulating your favorite characters from Dr Who to Venom, Heisenberg to Sailor Moon, Michonne to Korra. The Mayuri Kurotsuchi’s made me yearn for my blue hair days.
0
Darth Vader as LL Cool J - Photo by Monique Williams
Darth Vader as LL Cool J - Photo by Monique Williams

ComicCon has evolved from just a comic book convention to all things geek and then some.  At this weekend’s event at New York’s Jacob Javits Center, attendants were immersed in a multitude of alterna-verses from Marvel and DC to Westeros and Bon Temps.  ComicCon was a great place to let your freak flag fly, emulating your favorite characters from Dr Who to Venom, Heisenberg to Sailor Moon, Michonne to Korra. The Mayuri Kurotsuchi’s made me yearn for my blue hair days.

Though ComicCon doesn't speak to the traditional Black cool like maybe Summer Jam might, the crowd was a motley mix of faces, many of them painted and some of them painted Black in tandem with their costumes. While the initial image of blackface was jarring, in respect and admiration for the extreme lengths these people took their cosplay, I merely gave my companion knowing glances and kept it moving.

The huge turnout for the Women in Marvel panel and plethora of women coming in groups prove that comics and the like aren’t just for boys.  Securing throwback Buffy the Vampire and Mother of Dragon shirts made this an event perfect for the likes of this geek chick.  

Iconic figures Bruce Leroy (Taimak) and Appolonia were there. 

Grizz Chapman (30 Rock) manned a booth.

I was thrilled to meet WWF legends “HacksawJim Duggan and Sergeant Slaughter.  

Free comics and teasers were available everywhere and to see the evolution of comics was amazing.  I picked up autographed copies of the Archie Comics series After Life, putting the beloved Riverdale characters within the context of the undead. Brilliant!

Sunday included a panel on HipHop in Comics with DMC of Run DMC, discussing his publishing company Darryl Makes Comics and upcoming comic book "DMC."  

Despite our fervent support historically, we have always been underrepresented in comics, but certainly the tide is changing as urban geek creatives dominate every aspect of art and culture.

The interaction between people was so exciting to witness. Where else can you see Poison Ivy and Naruto booed up?  Darth Vader as LL Cool J? Spiderman kicking it with a bearded Wonder Woman? Plus, the line for Kimchi burgers and meatballs was worth every bite. 

This was my first ComicCon, but definitely not my last. 

Viva la Nerdolution!


Monique A. Williams is an author, student and mother living in Brooklyn.  Currently, she is developing a social platform for the best in urban television and web originals. You can find out more about her at www.itsmomowilly.com

This article is related to: Event


Shadow & ActNewsletter