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New York Comic Con Responds to Ticket Snafu

new york comic con logoIf you were one of the folks who tried to purchase tickets to this year’s New York Comic Con, you probably experienced a long wait, and technical issues. That coupled with quick sell-outs created a miserable experience for numerous individuals.

ReedPop, who runs New York Comic Con, has posted a very genuine response about the issues along with some very solid advice. Read below for the details and response.

On Wednesday at noon Eastern Time we put tickets for the 10th edition of New York Comic Con on sale and after months of preparation and close working sessions with our ticketing vendor we almost immediately saw something was not right. I know you saw it too. This letter is an attempt to help you understand what happened, and while that still might not get you the ticket to NYCC that you wanted, we hope it will at least provide you with some portion of the explanation you deserve.

Some facts we have been able to ascertain by looking at the data:

  • The demand for tickets at noon was roughly quadruple what we experienced in 2014.
  • Those who were attempting to buy tickets in the queue know that it took several hours to move through the queue and received error messages along the way. This was a direct effect of an unexpected and unforeseen slowdown of the system.
  • What is important to note is that regardless of the slowdown and error activity, when the queue opened at noon, there were already more individuals “in line” than there were VIP, 3-Day, 4-Day and Saturday tickets combined. This means that beginning at 12:01 demand had already outstripped the supply of tickets. Thus even without the challenges we experienced unexpectedly, there was not a guarantee that people “in line” at 12:01 would receive the exact ticket types they so craved.
  • The queue slow down lasted until about 3pm. At that time most fans that remained in the queue or refreshed after getting an error message were able to buy whatever inventory of tickets remained. Admittedly, many ticket types were sold out due to the sheer demand for tickets.
  • Now let’s talk about those ticket resellers – we don’t like them either! We know you see tickets available on reseller sites and we know how frustrating that is (especially if you did not get the tickets you wanted) and please know that we continue to be aggressive about doing all we can to deal with those resellers. We further limited quantities this year. We will comb through those sites and attempt to get tickets removed. We review the data of ticket purchasers and cross check names, addresses, email, credit cards and then remove and ban where we find people trying to buy tickets over the maximum allowed. In short, we are as frustrated by people selling tickets at an inflated price as you are.
  • What can you do about those reselling tickets at inflated prices? DON’T BUY THEM! First of all, it creates a market for people to price gouge, but just as important, we will be cancelling as many of those people we can identify as ticket resellers (meaning those trying to cheat the system and buy large quantities) so you may be buying a worthless piece of paper.
  • A limited supply of New York Comic Con Tickets will be available for purchase at Special Edition: NYC 2015 on June 6-7. All details can be found here.
  • An event at Midtown Comics later this summer. Midtown Comics DOES NOT have tickets yet. All of the info for this event will be announced at a later date. Note that Midtown Comics is the ONLY Retail partner selling NYCC 2015 Tickets.

We are truly sorry that the ticket buying process did not go as well as we wanted and certainly not as well as you deserve. The reasons don’t matter though; we let you down and as a team, we are really, really sorry for that.  We know many of you won’t get the tickets you wanted for NYCC and for some it is because of sheer demand for limited quantities, for some it is aggressive ticket brokers and for some it is the challenges our system had thrown at it yesterday. No matter the reason for it we want you to know that we wish we could get tickets into the hands of everyone that wants them and we are doing all we can to assure that and that we value you as fans more than you can possibly imagine and what feels the worst is that many of you don’t feel that way today.

 

New York Comic Con Tickets Go on Sale Online May 13

New York Comic ConReedPOP today announced that tickets for New York Comic Con along with the second annual New York Super Week will go on sale online beginning Wednesday, May 13 at 12:00 PM EDT. This year fans will have three options to purchase tickets for New York Comic Con, including online at the New York Comic Con website, on-site at Special Edition: NYC 2015 on Pier 94 June 6-7 and an event at Midtown Comics later this summer the exclusive retailer for NYCC 2015. New York Super Week takes over the Big Apple October 5-11 with the crown jewel event, New York Comic Con, taking place October 8-11 at the Javits Center.

Now in its second year, New York Super Week is the ultimate celebration of super fandom bringing the passion and excitement of New York Comic Con all across the city with special events and exclusive engagements that tap into every aspect of fan life – comic books, music, gaming, film, television, and so much more. It will be connected directly with New York Comic Con through the New York Super Week Card providing cardholders with special discounts at select retailers, bars, restaurants and attractions throughout the city. Participating partners for 2015 range from Midtown Comics and Barnes and Noble, to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Rock Bar, Brooklyn Brewery, Discovery Times Square and Madame Tussauds New York. The Card will be available for those who purchase a 4-Day New York Comic Con ticket. For other ticket tiers, the New York Super Week Card will be available as an add-on purchase for $10.

Today’s ticket announcement comes as ReedPOP reveals the initial lineup of New York Super Week events that fans can expect throughout all five boroughs of New York City. Unique and exciting events this year include:

  • Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular, for the first time in the United States, at the Barclays Center
  • The Thrilling Adventure Hour presents: CLINK! Beyond Belief Live at The Bell House (sold out)
  • After Party with BBQ Films at Terminal 5 (secret revealed in May)
  • Karaoke with the Broadway Stars at the Hard Rock Café
  • Stuff You Missed in History Class’s first ever live podcast
  • A Shipwreck Fan Fiction Competition
  • Writing for TV and Film Workshop led by writers, producers and executives from some of today’s biggest genre dramas and sitcoms

More details on these along with dozens of other events will be revealed in the coming weeks to transform New York City into a pop culture hub for superheroes, villains, vampires, zombies, geeks and passionate fans of all ages.

New York Comic Con 2014: Harsbro Embraces the Force with new Star Wars Figures

At this year’s New York Comic Con, Hasbro had lots of Star Wars figures to show off. Check out what will be hitting shelves in Spring 2015.

THE BLACK SERIES

STAR WARS THE BLACK SERIES 6-Inch Action Figures

(Approximate retail price: $19.99; Ages: 4 & up; Available: Spring 2015)

Take your collectible STAR WARS action figures to the next level with the 6-inch BLACK SERIES action figure line! This exceptional collection of figures features incredibly accurate design and a high level of articulation

STAR WARS THE BLACK SERIES 3.75-Inch Action Figures

(Approximate retail price: $9.99; Ages: 4 & up; Available: Spring 2015)

Complementing the 6-inch STAR WARS BLACK SERIES collection is the 3.75-inch BLACK SERIES figure assortment, which features the exceptionally accurate detail and superb articulation customary to HASBRO’s action figures.

STAR WARS REBELS

Action Figures & Vehicles

STAR WARS REBELS SAGA LEGENDS 3.75-INCH Action Figures

(Ages: 4 & up/ Approximate retail price: $5.99/ Available: Spring 2015)

Iconic characters from the STAR WARS saga and the cast of the new animated series STAR WARS REBELS come to life in toy form! Each STAR WARS SAGA LEGENDS 3.75-inch action figure includes five points of articulation and entertainment-accurate accessories. LUKE SKYWALKER (X-WING PILOT), LANDO CALRISSIAN in SKIFF GUARD Disguise, HAN SOLO and more! Each character sold separately.

STAR WARS REBELS MISSION SERIES 3.75-INCH Action Figures

(Ages: 4 & up/ Approximate retail price: $9.99/ Available: Spring 2015)

Team up characters or pit them against each other with these awesome 2-figure packs, featuring heroes and villains from the Star Wars saga and from the animated series, STAR WARS REBELS! Each pair of figures highlights an epic rivalry or a classic partnership. Each pack is sold separately and includes two figures with five points of articulation and accessories. New packs in 2015 include EZRA BRIDGER in CADET Disguise and KANAN JARRUS, HERA SYNDULLA versus STORMTROOPER COMMANDER and more!

STAR WARS REBELS 12-INCH HERO MISSION SERIES Action Figures

(Ages: 4 & up/ Approximate retail price: $14.99/ Available: Spring 2015)

Standing at 12-inches tall, these large-sized action figures feature characters from the new animated series STAR WARS REBELS and the STAR WARS saga, ready for battle with deluxe armor, accessories and weapons. Each 12-inch figure features a great size and play value at a fantastic price. Characters include GARAZEB “ZEB” ORRELIOS and DARTH MAUL, each sold separately.

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Role Play

STAR WARS REBELS EZRA BRIDGER LIGHTSABER BLASTER

(Ages: 4 & up/ Approximate retail price: $34.99/ Available: Spring 2015)

The signature weapon of the new JEDI hero from STAR WARS REBELS, the EZRA BRIDGER LIGHTSABER BLASTER is two fun role-play weapons in one! The LIGHTSABER features an 18-inch light-up extending blade and real LIGHTSABER sound effects. The built-in blaster fires two darts and features signature blaster sound effects. Includes six darts. Requires three AAA batteries — demo batteries included.

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STAR WARS COMMAND

STAR WARS COMMAND Battle Packs

(Ages: 4 & up/ Approximate retail price: $4.99/ Available: Spring 2015)

The battle is in kids’ hands with STAR WARS COMMAND! Each STAR WARS COMMAND Battle Pack features nine permanently posed and collectibly-sized figures —eight soldiers and one specially detailed General—for kids to pit against their friends in epic battles! New packs for 2015 include ENDOR REBELS and BOUNTY HUNTING. Each pack sold separately.

STAR WARS COMMAND Versus Packs

(Ages: 4 & up/ Approximate retail price: $9.99/ Available: Spring 2015)

Each STAR WARS COMMAND Versus Pack features ten permanently posed and collectibly-sized figures —eight soldiers and two specially detailed Generals—plus two vehicles on stands for kids to pit against their friends in epic battles! New packs for 2015 include WOOKIEE RESCUE (featuring characters from STAR WARS REBELS) and FATEFUL DUEL. Each pack sold separately.

STAR WARS COMMAND Invasion Packs

(Ages: 4 & up/ Approximate retail price: $14.99/ Available: Spring 2015)

Kids can customize their attacks with STAR WARS COMMAND Invasion Packs. Each pack features ten permanently posed and collectibly-sized figures —eight soldiers and two specially detailed Generals—plus four vehicles on stands and the new TURBOLASER with two TURBOBLASTER blasts to launch into battle! New packs for 2015 include SCUM AND VILLAINY (featuring characters from STAR WARS REBELS) and GALACTIC CHASE. Each pack sold separately.

STAR WARS COMMAND Epic Assault Pack

(Ages: 4 & up/ Approximate retail price: $19.99/ Available: Spring 2015)

The STAR WARS COMMAND Epic Assault Pack features two armies and everything kids need to stage an epic battle right out of the box! Comes with 14 permanently posed and collectibly-sized figures —12 soldiers and two specially detailed Generals—plus six vehicles on stands and the new RANCOR that throws two boulders into battle! New for 2015 is the RANCOR’S REVENGE pack, featuring figures from STAR WARS EPISODE VI: RETURN OF THE JEDI!

 

The Cosplay Heroes of New York Comic Con 2014

I’m a sucker for the striking look of real live superheroes, but while our New York Comic Con gallery is filled with some outstanding costume-clad Bruce Waynes, two faux-Stephen Amells, Hasselhoff era Nick Fury and Cosmic Burt Macklin, it’s the Lydia Deets that stole the show for me. Uncommon and well executed, this costume is a reminder that any character can inspire a bit of cosplay, and that’s awesome.

Feast Your Eyes on Our Humongous New York Comic Con 2014 Toy Gallery

The cosplay and the movie stars get a lot of the love when the New York Comic Con rolls into the Jacob Javitz Center but the toy barrage doesn’t get as much attention. And that’s a shame, because if you’re a toy enthusiast the event can feel like the best museum on the planet with thousands of prototypes, new products and existing toys on display behind glass to tantalize and torture because no matter how much you beg, vendors will never let you take them all home.

In the included gallery, there are 250 pictures of some of NYCC’s coolest toys. It would be impossible for me to pick a favorite, but I can tell you that both the Killer Clowns from Outer Space figs and the Chucky figs look scary as hell, Mezco‘s Batman figures are as awesome up close as they look in these pics, and NECA Toys impressed with their 1:6 scale Danny Devito Penguin, their Burt Ward Robin and the rest of their sizable case.

I can also tell you that McFarlane‘s Walking Dead line is taking a great leap forward with the upcoming RV playset and the 10″ deluxe Rick Grimes figure that I was unfortunately unable to get a good picture of since I found myself by the McFarlane booth when it was swarmed by fans who wanted to get a look at Todd McFarlane himself, who was making an appearance.

The QMx booth also drew some crowds, but I’m pretty sure that that was all about the astonishing film scale (1:124) replica of Serenity from the film of the same name and Firefly. Luckily, we got some super up-close shots of the $7,495 “toy” and a look inside its interiors, which feature miniature versions of the Firefly cast. We’ve also got some great pics of QMx’s other Firefly products, which are damn shiny.

Enough words, check out the pics!

Graphic Policy Radio Returns Live this Monday!

GP Radio pic MondayThis Monday is a brand new episode of Graphic Policy Radio, the show that mixes comics, geekdom, and politics. It’s been a bit since our last episode and we’re back to cover some of the latest releases as well as conventions. The show airs live at 10pm ET.

On tap this week is:

  • Batgirl got a new look, new location, a new status-quo in Batgirl #35. We discuss the change for the character.
  • Gotham Academy #1 came out and the series attempts to fill a much-needed gap in the DC Comics line-up. We talk about the new series’ first issue and recent changes for DC.
  • New York Comic Con recently descended on New York City’s Javitts Center. We talk about the convention and the numerous announcement that came out of it.

We’ll discuss the above and more in a brand new episode! We want to hear from you too. You can call (619) 768-2952 with your thoughts, or Tweet us @graphicpolicy.

New York Comic Con 2014: In January Quantum and Woody Must Die from James Asmus and Steve Lieber

As revealed at New York Comic Con 2014, Valiant has announced Quantum and Woody Must Die! #1 (of 4) – the FIRST ISSUE of a dastardly new limited series jumping-on point for the most nominated series of the 2014 Harvey Awards! The first in a new series of limited series for the world’s worst superhero team, start reading here as award-winning writer James Asmus and Eisner Award-winning artist Steve Lieber bring the most talked-about duo of semi-professional heroes in comics to a whole new high! (Unfortunately, there are a bunch of people that would like to kill them up there.)

They came. They saw. They pissed off a whole lotta folks. And now a team of mystery vigilantes has singled out the world’s worst superhero team out for complete and utter destruction. The first target: their minds! But who are all these all-new enemies? Are Quantum and Woody really hitting it off with a sexy duo of cat burglars? And, dear god, what have they done to the goat? Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? Sex Criminals isn’t the only comic that can quote Queen, comics fans – here come Quantum and Woody! (Or so they think! [Trippy, right?!])

Valiant’s a-number one team of super-hero misadventurers get it where it hurts – right in the cerebral cortex! – this January when James Asmus and Steve Lieber make their worst fears a reality in Quantum and Woody Must Die! #1 (of 4)! Featuring covers by Mike Hawthorne, Johnnie Christmas, and Eisner Award winner Chip Zdarsky, make with the sales on this one and we promise not to hurt the goat…maybe…

QUANTUM AND WOODY MUST DIE! #1 (of 4)
Written by JAMES AMSUS
Art by STEVE LIEBER
Cover by MIKE HAWTHORNE
Variant Cover by JONNIE CHRISTMAS
Variant Cover by CHIP ZDARSKY
$3.99 | 32 pages. | T+ | COMING IN JANUARY!

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New York Comic Con 2014: Spider-Man Swings Into the Library of American Comics & IDW Publishing

The Amazing Spider-ManAdding to IDW Publishing’s ever-growing partnership with Marvel, the publishers announced at New York Comic Con they will be teaming up to bring the world’s most popular Super-Hero, The Amazing Spider-Man, to IDW’s Library of American Comics (LOAC) imprint.

The wondrous wall-crawler’s long-running newspaper strip by Stan Lee, John Romita, and others will be collected in a series of deluxe new hardcover editions that are sure to leave Super Hero fans and comic-strip collectors equally delighted. Consistent with the other newspaper strip reprints in the Library of American Comics line, each volume in the Spider-Man series will include full-color Sunday pages.

Launched in 1977, the Spider-Man newspaper strip begins with Peter Parker’s arachnid alter-ego facing off against the deadly menace of Doctor Doom! Classic Spidey villains, including Kraven the Hunter, Doctor Octopus, Mysterio, and the Kingpin,  make appearances in pulse-pounding tales drawn by master Spider-artist John Romita Sr. and written by none other than Spider-Man co-creator Stan “The Man” Lee! As the series unfolds, the artistic torch was passed to Larry Lieber (Stan’s younger brother), Paul Ryan, Alex Saviuk, and legendary inker “Joltin’” Joe Sinnott. No matter the artistic interpretation on display, The Amazing Spider-Man comic strip features the kind of fast-paced action and genuine human emotion that has made Peter Parker a star in movies, theatre, TV, video games, and the comic books that started it all back in 1962 with Amazing Fantasy #15.

LOAC’s Spider-Man series is designed by Dean Mullaney and edited by Bruce Canwell, both winners of multiple 2014 Eisner Awards for Genius, Illustrated: The Life and Art of Alex Toth.

The Amazing Spider-Man, Volume 1 goes on sale in early 2015, so plan a visit to your favorite comics shop or bookseller so you can enjoy the special Lee/Romita storytelling magic and learn with Peter Parker once again that, “With great power comes great responsibility”.

New York Comic Con 2014: James Patterson and Marvel Announce Max Ride: First Flight

Announced at Marvel’s New York Comic Con Panel, Cup O’ Joe, international best-selling author, James Patterson, will be teaming with Marvel Comics to ignite his young adult novel series, Maximum Ride, into an all-new comic book series, James Patterson’s Max Ride: First Flight, scheduled for release in the spring of 2015.

James Patterson’s Max Ride: First Flight will feature the talents of writer Marguerite Bennett and artist Alex Sanchez and will follow the fast paced adventures of Max, a teenage girl who, due to genetic tampering, is part human and part avian and Marvel Comics is set to elevate Max and her “flock” into an even bigger pop-culture property.

Coming in spring 2015, the 5-part Marvel Comics mini-series, James Patterson’s Max Ride: First Flight, will follow the soaring adventures of Max and the “flock” – Fang, Iggy, Nudge, Gasman and Angel – a group of ordinary teenage kids – only they are the product of genetic tampering that has given them extraordinary abilities, but their lives quickly morph into a living nightmare as they try to escape their creators and defend themselves from half-human, half-wolf “Erasers”. Along the way Max discovers her purpose – saving the world – but can she? Find out next year!

JAMES PATTERSON’S MAX RIDE: FIRST FLIGHT #1
Written by MARGUERITE BENNETT
Art by ALEX SANCHEZ
Cover by STEPHANIE HANS
Coming Spring 2015!

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New York Comic Con 2014: Dark Horse Reveals an All-New Game of Thrones Figure

Dark Horse kicked off New York Comic Con with the reveal of the latest release in its growing line of figures based on characters from the smash-hit HBO series Game of Thrones!

Hodor has emerged as a favorite character in the HBO series, often seen carrying the disabled Bran.

Dark Horse is now revealing a special sculpture of the two characters: Hodor with Bran Stark in a woven carrier strapped to his back. All the details from the series are captured, and the exacting paint application conveys the subtleties of character likeness and costume. Practically a double figure, it measures over nine inches tall, keeping the size proportions of previous releases in the line.

Hodor and Bran join other new Dark Horse Game of Thrones figures in April 2015: Tywin Lannister, Joffrey Baratheon, and Petyr (“Littlefinger”) Baelish.

The Game of Thrones: Hodor and Bran Stark figure will have a suggested retail price of $39.99. The figure is slated for an April 15, 2015, on-sale date in stores.

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