This past Sunday, my family attended the Comic Con Kids part of NY Comic Con. If you are unfamiliar with Comic Con, it is the East Coast’s biggest popular culture convention, hosting the latest in comic books, graphic novels, anime, manga, video games and more. I had no idea what to expect, but as most 8 year old boys do, my son loves all things Pokemon, Harry Potter and battling with Beyblades and we figured that he would have fun.
I seriously underestimated what the size of the crowd would be and fighting through the throngs of people, we went directly to the General Mills booth. They were there to promote new comic books featuring DC Comics’ Super Heroes that are available exclusively inside specially-marked Big G cereal boxes, along with authors and illustrators from DC Comics for an autograph session. With the “Justice League” Super Heroes and their epic stories, Big G and DC Comics decided to combine powers of comics and kid-friendly cereals to promote kids’ reading. From Batman to Green Lantern to Wonder Woman, these new custom comic books feature some of the greatest Super Hero characters of all time. In total, up to 12 million comic books will be offered to consumers, while supplies last. The thought process behind it truly makes sense – kids will read about subjects that they love and are enthusiastic about, and kids everywhere love comic books and super heroes. The authors and artists in attendance at the GM booth were great and each of my kids was excited to have an autographed copy of a comic book.
We stayed at Comic Con for awhile and spent probably the first 45 minutes after we left GM’s booth trying to get our bearings. This convention was HUGE and there were people of all ages in costume at every turn. Note that some of these costumes were more appropriate than others and I was glad that my kids were too distracted by some of the exhibits to notice.
We did happen to stumble on a real Quidditch match and having just read some of the Harry Potter books, we sort of knew what was going on. It was pretty cool to see the game played in person and everything stayed pretty true to the book descriptions (substituting running with a broom for the books’ flying with brooms).
Towards the end of our visit, we found ourselves in a section with booths focusing on books which was a place where my kids could have stayed forever. My kids were in heaven and very happy browsing the large selection of books, especially the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. One of our stops was at the Disney Publishing booth where we got to meet Super Chicken Nugget Boy. (Did you know that there is a whole series of books about this boy turned imaginary crime fighter? I had no idea, but my son is now reading them – we will report back.)
We finally found the kids pavilion and walked around there where my son was so excited to see “the red carpet”.
Overall, my kids both really enjoyed Comic Con and are already planning for us to return next year. It was definitely an interesting experience, but once may have been enough for us!
Disclosure: The opportunity to attend NYCC Kids was provided to us courtesy of General Mills and DC Entertainment through MyBlogSpark.