The 12th New York Comic Con has come and gone and along with it tons of stuff went on throughout the four day convention. By all accounts this was the largest attended NYCC surpassing the 200,000 attendee mark. The show held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Manhattan is a celebration of all things pop culture. The east coasts biggest con continues to grow leaps and bounds with a completely packed Jacob K. Javits center to all their offsite venues which included the likes of the Hudson Mercantile, The Hammerstein Ballroom, and the Theater at Madison Square Garden. More than any other year the amount of offsite events also grew with plenty of parties (E-Coin, American Gods to name a few) and activations (Artemis, Westworld, Cloak and Dagger).
Because this year I spent so much time on the show floor I will be splitting my coverage of the show floor up a bit since there is so much to cover. Given there is four days of the convention I could spend weeks covering everything that was around the show. Unfortunately I can’t do that but this article will feature a few of the art galleries, along with some descriptions, that Hi-Def Ninja has become familiar with who were on hand at the convention including Bottleneck Gallery, Hero Complex Gallery, Grey Matter Art, Spoke Art, Jason Edminston, and Alex Ross. While there is an entire artist alley at the show these are some of the booths you could experience when walking the floor.
Bottleneck Gallery continually steps up their content each year bringing bigger and better things. This year prints from Ise Ananphada, Raid 71, Matt Ferguson, Karl Fitzgerald, Alice X. Zhang and Jock to name a few made the poster wall at their booth on the convention floor. The highlight of the weekend was the raffle for the 20 Matt ferguson Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 artist proofs which saw a massive amount of people around their booth hoping to get an opportunity to pick one of those up. With these lineups continually getting better Bottleneck will soon need a larger booth.
Hero Complex Gallery
Located in California Hero Complex still made their way to New York Comic Con with some amazing prints including a new Kevin Wilson poster in his Harry Potter series, an Ise Ananphada Pan’s Labyrinth, along with a slew of new prints from Craig Drake, Marko Manev, Vance Kelly, Glen Brogan, and James Rheem Davis
Spoke Art also brought some amazing pieces including a Chuck Sperry Demeter print, With a foil variant limited to 20 copies on Saturday their booth was a madhouse of activity.
Grey Matter Art
Another NY local gallery these guys specialize in their amazing Marvel prints and their Vices series with Timoty Pittides.
Images Coutesy Grey Matter Art
Jason is a traditional artist, painting in acrylic on watercolor. His fondness for pop culture, movies & toys often creep into his work. His Eyes Without a Face Series is exceptionally popular given that drawing eyes can be one of the more difficult aspects of drawing.
Alex Ross is an American comic book writer/artist known primarily for his painted interiors, covers, and design work. His both was seriously nice on the floor and also showcased off the steelbook art he did for the NBC Universal Monsters line. Also though there was nothing to show off, Sideshow will be working in collaboration with Alex Ross on limited edition fine art lithograph prints inspired by the Universal Monsters line.
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