New York’s first Comic-Con was the best of times and the worst of times for geeks. Thousand of spectators were turned away from the Jacob Javits Center, where the con was being held betweeen February 24 and February 26, as the facilities were overrun with geeks. More than 30,000 people showed up, but organizers said they were expecting only 15,000. Having an advance ticket didn’t help either. After 10,000 geeks squeezed into the center, fire marshals ordered organizers to stop letting fans enter the facilities.
Geeks lucky enough to get in were treated to panels, gaming, autograph booths, sneak previews, and a few celeb sightings. Here’s a sampling of what went down at the biggest comic convention ever to hit the Big Apple:
Fans were treated to the first 30 minutes of A Scanner Darkly, director Richard Linklater’s movie adaption of Philip K. Dick’s sci-fi novel. The film, in theaters July 7, stars Keanu Reeves and blends live action with animation.
Marvel screened the direct-to-DVD movie Ultimate Avengers.
Todd McFarlane announced plans for a Spawn – Batman comic that’s expected to be out later this year.
Plenty of celebrities mingled with the geeks. Milla Jovovich promoted her new flick Ultraviolet; Kevin Smith signed autographs with buddy Jason Mewes; and Gloria Steinem (yeah, The Gloria Steinem) promoting a new superhero comic called Carrie Giver.