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    Lessons Learned Attending a Third NYCC

    New York Comic Con 2015 has come and gone, and as always, it was a whirlwind of comics, cosplay, and crowds for the lucky individuals who attended the annual event.

    At this tenth anniversary of the convention, the Javits Center was again flooded by tens of thousands of fans of comics, sci-fi and fantasy media. The event only seems to get bigger and better every year, with the promise of exclusives on the expo floor and in various panels drawing fanboys and fangirls to the convention center in droves.

    This year, the 34th Street-Hudson Yards subway station in Manhattan was finally operational near the venue, and convention attendees took advantage of the extra leg of public transportation offered to them. This diminished the numbers of costumed character parading down 34th Street in the city for four days, but the sight of thousands of enthusiastic visitors pouring out of the subway station was a spectacle nonetheless.

    But in the end, there are some things you can always expect of a visit to NYCC that no updates to public transit or increase in ticket sales will really change. As a three-year veteran visitor of the convention, I've learned a few lessons about attending the event that I hope will be helpful to hopefuls looking to make an appearance in the future.

    - It Will Be Crowded

    No matter what, con-goers cannot expect a relaxing experience with open aisles and tranquil fellow fans. New York Comic Con is crowded, there's really no question. Even Thursday, historically one of the slower days at the event, had it's fair share of crowds this year. You have to be prepared to be patient, have a plan for how you're going to get where you need to go on the show floor or in Artist Alley, and take deep breaths when other attendees push and shove and all you want to do is knock them over with your Captain America shield. You have been warned.

    - Bring Snacks

    The Javits Center does have a sort of food court, along with other stands for snacking and meals while you're running around Comic Con. But, like any other venue holding massive events promising tons of customers, they charge a pretty penny for the available fare. You can either bite the bullet and dig deep in your pockets for a meal, or save that money for a piece of commissioned artwork or a collectible you've been eyeing in one of the show floor booths. Bottom line: all that walking and the energy you'll exert freaking out over panels and autograph sessions will make you hungry, and it doesn't hurt to bring a sandwich or two to tide you over.

    - You Might Not Get to Do Everything

    There is so much to see and do and experience at NYCC, it's hard to get in everything on your list even if you managed to score a four-day pass. Even if you get there before the doors open and linger long after the vendors and artists have closed up shop for the night, the convention is so packed with things to do and people to see, it's nearly impossible to get in everything you might want to do. Just remember, you're lucky to be there in the first place, and just being in attendance is an experience you won't soon forget. And on that note:

    - Have Fun!

    This might seem obvious, but when you're at NYCC, just have fun with it! It's easy to get caught up in where you "need" to be, what autographs you "need" to get, and whether or not your cosplay for the weekend is perfect. Make sure to slow down and admire your fellow con-goers cosplay craftsmanship, the beautiful art in the main floor booths and on display in Artist Alley, and the wonder of the excess of geek culture that surrounds you. New York Comic Con only happens once a year, and after the whirlwind is over, you don't want to regret having not enjoyed yourself while it lasted.
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