New York Comic Con -- Friday Recap
Sat Feb 7
[node:] I admit, I didn't actually arrive until late in the day (4:45pm to be exact). But even a little over two hours at Comic Con can kick your butt. Saturday's usually the big day for costumes, but it was a pretty impressive showing for a Friday, as our slide show proves. Anime was, of course, a favorite. And while there were a few old-school Jokers, there was not one Heath Ledger in sight, which was slightly creepy. If you're planning on hitting the con with kids, there are a few must-visit booths: - Marvel lets fans pose in front of a green screen, and superimposes the image in a comic-book setting (you pick up the final picture online. It's free!) - Ugly Doll is doing a giveaway every day at 6pm - The Pac Man booth is dripping in retro cool. Dig those Pac-Man hats! - Christy Kane sells slightly macabre shirts, dolls and jewelry, aimed at the Emily the Strange-loving set (and yes, they're there too) - Video-game buffs can try out a plethora of new games at the Actovision...
Live, from the New York Comic Con, it's Friday afternoon!
Fri Feb 6
OK kids...or should I say parents? I'm not sure how many of you are geeks like I am (see photo to the left), but I for one am totally psyched about the fourth annual New York Comic Con ! The name truly is a misnomer: It's actually a pop-culture con, with tons of merchandise, panels and guests from TV, film and books. While I plan to hit the Jacob Javits Center all three days (it's the one time of year the out-of-the-way location of the Time Out office comes in handy for me), Sunday is Kids Day, and there are a ton of events to make children of all ages happy. We did a cute little preview in the mag , but just to give you a quick rundown of highlights: - Meet the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (yes, live in person!) - Meet author Mo Willems, the author of neo-classic kids' lit such as Knuffle Bunny and Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! - A performance by the cast of the new Electric Company - A kids' costume contest (my daughter's going...
Two-for-one Off-Broadway tickets!
Fri Feb 6
Yes, we get it, the theater industry's hurting. And while that's bad for business, it's a boon for budget-conscious parents. To stimulate sales, NYC & Company has launched the On the House initiative, which offers two-for-one tickets to a bunch of Off-Broadway shows from February 15 through March 1. Kid-friendly faves include: Altar Boyz Blue Man Group Fuerzabruta Gazillion Bubble Show Monday Night Magic Shipwrecked! An Entertainment Stomp For more information, including a complete list of participating shows, visit NYC & Company . By the way, if you present your ticket stub at 11 participating restaurants, you can also get free Coke...as if the kids need more soda.
Dental high jinks
Fri Feb 6
A trip to the dentist is probably something your child would like to just as soon forget. But thanks to dad and the era of YouTube insta-fame, it might take a while for 7-year-old David to put this visit behind him. Still clearly feeling the effects of anesthesia after having a tooth removed, David shares what might be the most precious existential musings ever. Posted just a week ago, the video has amassed 4 million views and, as all good YouTube videos do, inspired a handful of mash-ups and remixes. Amongst the LOLs and ROFLs, some comments have popped up asking whether the dad is exploiting his child by posting this video and about the over-medicating of children. We see no controversy here though--just a cute kid that is a little confused about how many fingers he has. If only adults were this adorable after a few drinks!
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