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    Posted October 13, 2012 by
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    New York Comic Con: Superheroes and skyscrapers

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    The Power of ComicCon


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     JDAlady told me, 'This year didn't seem to have a huge line up of celebrities but the same mass of people are here. Also the booths are not as massive as it was with "The Avengers" last year.
    - Jareen, CNN iReport producer

    With this massive gathering of intrepid superheroes, one would think New York City is facing a Godzilla/zombie/alien mega threat. Yet if such a villainous apocalypse were to occur, these would be the people with heroic ninja and zombie survival skills. Armed with Wolverine claws and Aquaman tridents, no damsel or dude is in distress.


    Anti-heroes were in plenty supply as Loki, Bane and the Joker made numerous appearances. Two Loki happened to run into each other and the versions were quite distinct. The classic Loki maintained his armor and ominous horns which facilitated the parting of crowds that encountered the gigantic head gear. The modern Loki was a redesign by Evan Silakowski who added his personal style.


    Other events at the convention can be seen live streaming at:


    Firefly will be presenting an exclusive sneak peek of their 10th Anniversary Special Event which makes its world premiere on 11/11/12. At the Sean Astin Q&A, a surprise guest author, Terry Pratchett, joined the panel and discussed Sean’s character Twoflower in The Color of Magic. Also, Sean shared a Twitter milestone promise of ‘an exotic dance’ after reaching 50K followers.


    As a Goonie who helped saved Middle Earth, Sean Astin is true hero material …good enough to carry a hobbit on his back, while making a touchdown. Other entertainment guests are: Adam West, Burt Ward, Tom Felton, Peter Davison, etc. There are events such as The 501st Legion’s “Shoot-A-Trooper,” costume contests and sample gaming areas (preemptive battle training).


    As comic heroes meet time lords and Jedi on the convention floor, the powerful force of fandom prevails.


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