Nerd Heaven: Year Two
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Moving to the greatest city in the world has its perks. Not only do I get to live in the capital of the world, but I get to enjoy all this bustling city has to offer. I attended some amazing events at Madison Square Garden, I took part in the NY PRIDE March two years in a row, I have front row seats to the coolest fireworks on the 31st and the 4th, and so much more. But, most importantly for this post, I am going to one of the biggest comic conventions—or “pop culture conventions” as they call them now—for the second year in a row. If I’m lucky, I can keep these traditions alive for years to come, and who knows, even add new ones.
PRIDE and Comic Con go hand-in-hand in my book. They are proof of acceptance, a large community of individuals who don’t worry about race, creed, sexuality, etc., they care about the humans that are behind the shared interests or shared movements towards world-wide acceptance and love.
Last year’s NY Comic Con held so many wonderful moments. It was my first time attending any convention like this. I’ve dreamed of attending them for years, and for the most part, it was exactly what I expected and what I wanted. The fraternity between like-minded comic book fans, openness and acceptance from attendees and participating organizations, all the crazy creative people under one roof. The comics, the cosplay, and the camaraderie.
Of course, being obsessed with finding my favorite stories (anything mid-90’s and prior) I picked up a few sets, including DC’s Kingdom Come series (Mark Waid & Alex Ross), Batman: Year One set (Frank Miller & David Mazzucchelli), and a few random single issues with celebrated covers or storylines. I talked with a 70-year-old woman who told me her history with comics, and how open the community is, and why she has stuck so close to it for most of her life. I was able to sit in on a panel featuring Ta-Nehisi-Coates (Between the World and Me), as he spoke about the culture of comics and the impact of race and social issues in his books (which at that point, included his recent run on Black Panther for Marvel, which continues to be a must-read today).
I cannot wait for October 6 and 7 to come, to have another chance of emerging myself in this community, with the crowd of loving and open people. I cannot wait to see the creativity, the history, the stories: my world.
See you there!
— Nahuel F.A.