This year’s NYC Comic-Con is filled to the brim with featured guests, who are divided into more than half a dozen subcategories, from “Guest of Honor” to “Living Legend.” The convention will be held February 6-8, 2009. If you have limited time while you’re there, here’s a short list of must-see people for you.
There aren’t many Performance Guests, but several of them look promising for entertainment. If you’re a Trekkie, though you will not want to miss out on Start Trekkin’, a “Star Trek”-themed improv team. Their performances are based on the original “Star Trek” series starring William Shatner and are purported to “warp your mind to the far reaches of funny.”
The Celebrity Guest category is by far the weakest link in the NYC Comic-Con guest chain, comprised mainly of busty reality stars you’ve never heard of. However, there are two notable exceptions. Perhaps you are more interested in Star Wars than “Star Trek”? Then you probably won’t want to miss Peter Mayhew, George Lucas’ original Wookiee. There was no need to use camera tricks during filming in order to make Chewbacca look taller than every one else, as Mr. Mayhew is 7 feet 3 inches tall.
If you are a child of the early days of the internet’s commercial heyday, chances are you know (and love) Penny Arcade. If not, you should. Either way, NYC Comic-Con is your chance to meet creators Gabe & Tycho, also known as Mike Krahulik and Jerry Holkins. Can 70 millions viewers per month be wrong? You decide.
Now, perhaps you are more interested in straight comic book fare, and really care about the origins of your favorite characters. Luckily there are two guests that will definitely excite you. Carmine Infantino, Guest of Honor and creator of The Flash and Batgirl, will be there signing his autobiography. Looking at his short bio, one wonders just what it takes to be in the Living Legends category. 3 postage stamps in honor of him? “One of Top 2 comics artists of all time”, but he’s still just a Guest of Honor?
Then one might look and see Living Legend Al Plastino‘s biography and understand. Plastino began inking characters in the 1940’s for both Marvel and DC, including such iconic heroes as Superman and Captain America. He created Supergirl and the Legion of Superheroes. Once he left DC, he worked on the Batman comic strip for Ledger syndicate with Jack Ellsworth, and finally for United Features Syndicate. He will only be appearing Saturday, February 7.