Half of our staff has spent the last four days scampering around New York Comic Con and we are so excited to share all of the amazing content (yes, as always swag giveaways are coming) that we’ve seen. It’s been an amazing convention so far, but like all seasoned con-goers know, even the most exciting day can turn into a bit of a cattle drive through near endless rows of vintage toys, Doctor Who merchandise, and generally the same shit over and over. Here are some great games to play with your friends to stave off fatigue.
1) Find the Worst Elsa-Merchandise
How hard could it actually be to make a doll of an animated character that actually looks like the film? Apparently in the case of the Frozen Ice Queen, really fucking difficult. Our top spot went to a stiff plushy that had a chin on either side of her face and a dress that felt like it was made of dryer sheets.
2) Ask a person in a line what they are waiting for and attempt to say anything other than “oh,” when you do not care about the answer.
This one’s tough because you know you do it. We do it. Everyone does it. Hell, sometimes you throw a little judgement the tone under the obvious disinterest. You see a big line, so it must be for something good, right? You’d hate to miss out on a great signing or exclusive merchandise. What’s this line for? A limited edition Voltron diaphragm? Oh.
3)Enter all the raffles.
Now many people pack their convention schedules very tightly. If you’re blessed with a convention that has tons of programming and guests that you want to see, you probably won’t have time to attend everything and also make it to raffle drawings. But then if you’re so busy, just don’t go. You’ll just have a back up when you don’t get in to that panel which you tried to line up for ten minutes before it started. Enter the raffles, enter them all. Win free shit or boo when you don’t and curse both the gods of luck and the poor ticket drawerer that somehow selected a ticket with a number that didn’t even begin with the same digit as yours. Pro-Tip: Use a fake email.
4) Collect Tiny Moments
No matter how much of a hardcore nerd you are, you’ll never love a con like a kid (now known as “tinies”) loves a con. The moment when a little ninja turtle battles a fully grown man dressed as Shredder will beat inevitable Deadpool-led conga line every time, so cherish the spontaneous cuteness that only children can give you. Pro-tip: never photograph a tiny without the permission of both said tiny and the adult to whom he/she/ewok belongs.
5) Go on a treasure hunt to collect something stupid, cheap and wonderful.
This year at New York Comic Con my fellow writers joined me on an excursion of the utmost importance: collecting shitty two-dollar action figures. You’ll spend a lot of money at cons, some of it impulsively and more of it on shitty pretzels because they are one of the cheapest things to eat. So it shouldn’t be hard for me to explain how the twenty bucks blown on the mission to assemble the first ever Batman Rainbow Brite Team is the best idea ever. I generally don’t like to generalize, but if most comic fans are one thing, they are completionists. The hunt is most of the fun,
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