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Photo: Matt Sky (liereport), Julio Ortiz-Teissonniere (sjunat55), Lulis Leal (JoyfulGypsy) and Miriam Cintron (mcintron) at Life Cafe in New York.
Photo: Tommy Yune (TommyYune) in action.
This past weekend was really something special. After being given the rather exciting assignment of going out to New York Comic Con, I flew out to the Big Apple with big dreams to work with iReporters attending and meet up with the locals. As expected, it was a totally awesome experience.
We ended up receiving lots of great iReports from folks on the floor. Some hot stuff came in from TommyYune, who got panoramic shots and documented the heavy crowds. Some estimates go as high as 100,000 people. It was certainly busy, and communication was difficult with so many cell phones around. It was great to attend TommyYune's panel and then walk around the con floor with him. He's creative director for the "Robotech" animated series, and lots of people know about him to the point of wanting an autograph. That was pretty awesome to see.
The striking urbanity that is New York provided the perfect backdrop for all the iReports we got, from sjunat55's photo of Batman getting out of a cab to another set showing costumed folk chilling in Times Square. And it was great to meet up with iReporters like sjunat55, mcintron, JoyfulGypsy and liereport at a lovely meetup at the Life Cafe in the East Village. That restaurant is the place mcintron is profiling for CNN's Economy Tracker. My only regret is not getting to meet Ted Krasdale, liereport's green puppet on the street. After the get-together, we wandered over to the spectacle that is St. Mark's, and the iReporters schooled me on the area's history and pointed out the great offbeat photo opportunities. These folks have a good eye for things. The next day, sjunat55 was able to meet up with me at Comic Con and we headed off to the World Trade Center site, where he showed me the location of the proposed Islamic Center near Ground Zero and the construction progress that had been made.
Sadly, I missed seeing professirx gussied up in a tux and cavorting with the Na'vi on Sunday, October 10, the last day of the convention. professirx did some outstanding interviews on the floor, too. I also missed finding PLabrozzi, osiramon (who also iReported from San Diego Comic-Con), and countless others. We also heard from dannym2 and it was good to see joec81 submitting iReports again after previously showing us The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando, Florida.
The whole event was chaotic, but it was also great to see all the images we got. It was also a cool opportunity to interact with people I'd only talked to on the phone. Take a look at the images that were sent, and share your thoughts on the con. Were you there? Tell your experience by all means.
Awwwwwww Nikkiiiiii,c so8rry I missed you too ;-[
Wonderful Blog, Nicole
wow how cool all of you together thanks nsaidi