If you’re heading to Family Day at New York Comic Con, this is a survival guide for you. And if you can’t go and want to live vicariously through our adventures at Comic Con, head on over to the Media Macaroni Facebook page.
The first thing to know is that it gets crowded. Like, really crowded. So crowded you’re sometimes standing still as you try to walk down the aisles of the con. The best thing is to know your floor plan. Luckily, they put the best of the stuff for the kids right up in the front.
The first thing to know is home base: The Family Room, room 1B02. Not only are there kids events here all day, but your kids can chill out and color in between events. Be sure to check out Quidditch training and the kids’ costume parade. Super cute.
If you’re looking for comics and graphic novels to buy for the kids, there are two areas to focus on. One is the section on the main floor that has the bigger publishers: Abrams, Simon and Schuster, Top Shelf, Disney, First Second, etc.
I really could have bought every last thing we didn’t already have at First Second, but I contained myself to three new books.
Next, go to Artist Alley. There you’ll find Tiny Titans, G-Man, and lots of great indie stuff, including a surprising number of zombie books for kids.
If it’s video games you want, expect to wait to play, but Nintendo, Ubisoft, and several others have games for you to try, including the new Pokemon X and Pokemon Y.
What about toys? Mattel and Mega Bloks are in the center right up front. You can’t miss them. But for cooler toys, head to The Block, in the front left corner. Not all are kid-appropriate, but there is some super cute stuff.
If you didn’t wear a costume but want one, or maybe you’re preparing for Halloween, the costumes tend towards the back, from the far left to center. You’ll also find some epic face painting and manicures.
For food, try to load up on the way in, or bring something. There are also tons of vendors right outside that you’ll see on the way in. The food court lines, especially for pizza, are comical. For bathrooms with shorter waits, try the bathrooms back by the Main Stage (except right before/after an event), or the bathrooms in 1-E.
And, if it all gets to be too much, just go to the lobby or outside and people watch. The cosplaying at Comic Con is unbelievable.