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New York Comic Con survival tips

New York Comic Con is an experience.

It’s at a massive venue that drew 167,000 people last year, and there’s so much to see that it can be daunting. But never fear, because amNewYork is no stranger to strolling through the crowded aisles, shoulder-to-shoulder with the throngs of people at the convention.

Here are our tips to make your con-going experience a positive one.

Bring snacks and water

Look, there is food available at the Javits
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Look, there is food available at the Javits Center, but it's going to cost you -- both in precious dollars and precious time. And good luck finding a place to actually sit down to eat. I recommend granola bars. They give you a boost of energy and they're easy to carry. And don't forget to hydrate. Bring a bottle and stay refreshed.

Bring hand sanitizer

Con crud is a real thing. With hordes
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Con crud is a real thing. With hordes of people comes hordes of bacteria and other things that can get you sick. There's only so much you can do, but hand sanitizer will go a long way to keeping you healthy.

Take cash

Sure, there are ATMs at the Javits Center,
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Sure, there are ATMs at the Javits Center, but it's not unusual for them to run out of money. Also, you'll avoid having to possibly pay extra service fees, which is money that could go to buying comic books.

Pack lightly

Remember, anything you bring with you, you're going
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Remember, anything you bring with you, you're going to have to carry with you all day or pay to have your stuff checked.

Make a plan

There are so many things to do at
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There are so many things to do at New York Comic Con -- panels, signings, screenings, shopping, gaming, people-watching. There's enough stuff to do for four weeks, all of it packed into four days, so if you don't have at least a basic plan, you're going to get lost. Right now, you can go online to NewYorkComicCon.com, where the rundown of events and table and booth locations are up. My advice: Write it down or print it out so you don't use up all your phone's battery life. Which leads to...

Wear comfortable shoes

This seems obvious, but it bears repeating. You're
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This seems obvious, but it bears repeating. You're going to be getting some massive numbers on your pedometer, and the last thing you want is for your feet to give out.

Bring a phone charger

Either bring your cord and search around for
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Either bring your cord and search around for a free wall socket or bring a portable charger. Taking photos and videos and making sure everyone on social media is full aware of your con-going adventure will sap your power faster than you'd expect.

Be patient

You will experience the joys of waiting on
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You will experience the joys of waiting on lines at New York Comic Con, from the one to get in to lines for panels, signings, food, bathrooms and just walking down the aisles. Take deep breaths, find a Zen place and just get used to the slow pace.

Know the rules

There are things you can and can't take
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There are things you can and can't take into the Javits Center, and this is especially important for cosplayers. Not all fake weapons are acceptable; rather than chance it, familiarize yourself with the rules on the website.

Be a good person

Cosplay is not consent. Just because someone is
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Cosplay is not consent. Just because someone is dressed up in a costume, doesn't give you the right to touch them or be anything less than a gentleman or woman. If you want to take a photograph, ask.

Take a shower

There's no excuse for having bad hygiene at
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There's no excuse for having bad hygiene at Comic Con, or really, anywhere. Take a shower. Brush your teeth. Put on deodorant. Wear clean clothing. It seems silly to have to say this, but unfortunately, it needs to be repeated every year.

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