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My ticket for New York Comic Con finally arrived in the mail yesterday! Or — as I like to call it — my ticket for three days of running myself ragged due to the deluge of nerdy mental and visual stimuli. And I look forward to it every year!

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New York Comic Con Day 3, Part 2 (October 16, 2011)

Snapped some quick pictures of costumes during my last day at New York Comic Con. And yes, that is indeed someone dressed as Bane dragging a limp Batman around the convention center.

New York Comic Con Day 3, Part 1 (October 16, 2011)

"It’s a MAD, MAD Panel"

The MAD Magazine panel featuring some of MAD's best and brightest: editor-in-chief John Ficcara, art director Sam Viviano, MAD fold-in artist Al Jaffee, Spy Vs. Spy artist/writer Peter Kuper, MAD writer supreme Desmond Devlin, and MAD (television series) head writer/producer Kevin Shinick (a.k.a erstwhile host of Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego?)

New York Comic Con Day 2, Part 2 (October 15, 2011)

Marvel: Avengers: Shattered Heroes Panel

Highlights of the panel…

- Got a bit of a look at the new Dark Avengers.

- As the fans requested since day one, the Avengers Academy students will go head-to-head with the Runaways.

- A totally 90’s story arc within the pages of Thunderbolts when the team faces off with their past selves!

New York Comic Con Day 2, Part 1 (October 15, 2011)

Marvel: Avengers: Shattered Heroes Panel

Highlights of the panel…

- Storm brings the thunder when she joins the main Avengers team; saw this one coming to be honest.

- Captain Britain joins the clandestine ranks of the Secret Avengers; Hawkeye will lead!

New York Comic Con Day 1, Part 2 (October 14, 2011)

"Go Team Castle Grayskull! And I’ll form the head!"

New York Comic Con Day 1, Part 1 (October 14, 2011)

"Yo, truly outrageous G.I. Avengers assemble!"

Well, looks like Hasbro’s capitalizing on Jem and the Holograms’ overwhelming pop culture comeback and releasing a new line of Jem merchandise; all of which will be seen at this Thursday’s New York Comic Con. What will it be, exactly? We’ll just have to find out when we get there (granted whoever is reading this is able to attend). Truly outrageous!
(via Marvelous News)
Hasbro is actually releasing exclusives at New York Comic Con for once? Oh, perish the thought! No, really, it’s about time New York starts getting some of the goods, Hasbro.

Hasbro will offer a Marvel Universe Compound Hulk exclusively at New York Comic-Con at booth #302 for $11. [Marvel]
I’m ready to get my New York Comic Con on! My three-day passes finally came in the mail and I can now sleep easier at night knowing that they’re safe and sound in my possession.

The San Diego Comic-Con Sentinel I ordered last week has finally landed at my house! And let me tell you: It. Is. Amazing!

Candidates are as follows: Iceman, Man-Thing, Photon, Hercules, Black Panther, Blade, Cyclops, Skarr, Storm, Ghost Rider, Deadpool, Loki, Cloak with Dagger, and Rogue.
Rumor time: Cyclops might be a shoe in given what’s going to happen in the pages of X-Men: Schism. Truth be told, he always had an inexplicable Avengers vibe to me over the years; Marvel’s a bunch of mind readers I tell ya.
(via Comic Vine)
Yes, yes and YES! Everyone’s favorite “non-team” the Defenders is coming back in December and being a guy who goes for the offbeat and alternative in comics, I can’t wait to get my hands on the first issue. Just some things you should know:
- It’s ongoing!
- Stories will be roughly between 2 to 3 issue long; meaning more crazy in the year!
- Dr. Strange is ditching the trench coat and has got some spiffy sorcerer duds!
- The first story involves the Hulk hitting the team up for a favor - for what we don’t know.
December can’t come fast enough and, hopefully, a new generation of readers will take the time to appreciate and grow to love a team as strange (no pun intended) as the Defenders. All I want to know is if Doc Strange and Iron Fist are bidding the New Avengers farewell, and what does this mean for Joe Casey’s team of Defenders?
Defenders will be written by Matt Fraction and illustrated by Terry Dodson.
(via Comic Book Resources)