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NYCC 2019: Friday Game Plan

An event as big as New York Comic Con features many different aspects of the entertainment industry and draws their respective fandoms in droves. Some people will be there for pics/autographing with TV and movie celebrities, some for cosplay, some for the toys, etc.

The purpose of my Friday visit to NYCC will be the source material that was once the primary, if not sole focus of comic cons – the comic books themselves. My time at the con will be centered around Artists’ Alley -collecting witnessed signatures from creators to be submitted for CGC’s Signature Series designation. My game plan for the day follows:

Jim Lee, Scott Williams, and Alex Sinclair Signing

There’s been a lot of talk – mostly complaining -on social media about NYCC’s 2019 lottery process. In all honesty, the lottery couldn’t have worked out better for me. I was successful in getting a spot via the lottery for the signing with Jim Lee, Scott Williams, and Alex Sinclair on Friday 11:00 AM.

I don’t know if it helped my chances, but this signing was my sole selection in the NYCC lottery. The Marvel Cup O’ Joe and Next Big Thing panels are of interest to me, but they weren’t offered as lottery choices. I’m sure to the horror of many con goers, I even skipped the chance to shop for Funko Pop exclusives via the lottery.

I plan to bring three books to this signing, to be witnessed by CGC: Batman 619 to be signed by all three creators; as well as two Uncanny X-Men issues to be signed by Lee and Williams, and then submitted to CGC for their private signing with Chris Claremont.

John Byrne Signing at the IDW Publishing Booth

I grew up on the Claremont -Byrne era X-Men, so I jumped at the chance to get John Byrne’s signature at NYCC by pre-ordering IDW’s John Byrne’s Marvel Classics Artifact Edition. Through this pre-order package Byrne, an infrequent guest at comic cons, will sign any IDW published book, as well as up to five (5) non-IDW items.

Byrne typically does not allow his signings to be witnessed by CGC or any of the other companies. I’m proceeding with that understanding, but will be pleasantly surprised if I’m wrong and witnesses are allowed.

I plan to have Byrne sign X-Men 141, the first issue of Days of Future Past, and then drop it off for CGC’s private signing with Chis Claremont. If things go as expected, this book will get CGC’s yellow Signature Series label (Claremont witnessed signature) with a green qualified banner (Byrne unwitnessed signature).

I will be bringing four additional Marvel books for Byrne’s signature, which I will submit for CBCS’ verified signature red label upon return from NYCC.

CGC Private Signings

I mentioned above that I’ll be submitting some books for CGC’s private signing with Chris Claremont, and likely will be dropping off books for their signings with Frank Miller and Robert Kirkman- and depending how the day goes possibly some others as well.

Other Signings, etc

Between the Lee/Williams/Sinclair signing, the Byrne signing, and the CGC private signings, I’ll have accomplished my goals for NYCC. I’ll be chasing a few other signatures in Artists Alley to add on to some of the books/creators mentioned above. I’ll also be bringing some other books to serve as my Plan B in the event that there are any glitches in this game plan.

When I’m done chasing signatures, and everything has been submitted to CGC, I’ll try to check out a panel (pending any availability), and maybe shop around for a comic or two.

After a long day on my feet waiting in lines, I’ll be looking forward to catching a nap on the train on the way home Friday night!!

Check back in a few days for my report out about my experience at NYCC. Upon receipt of the signed books back from CGC and CBCS, I’ll post the results so stay tuned for that as well.

I hope everyone attending has a great time at NYCC – see you there!!

Gary Govel
Gary Govel is a life-long fan and collector of comics, with a particular interest in Marvel Bronze and Copper Age books. He recently launched Collector Syndicate to give fellow enthusiasts a place to show off their collections, and share their experiences about the hobby.

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