My First Trip to New York ComicCon


Media critic Benedicto Campo snaps a photo with actor Boyd Holbrook on Oct. 9, 2022. Comic Con is an annual comic book convention that takes places every October.

Benedicto Campo, Media Critic

On Sunday, Oct. 9, I went to my first-ever New York Comic Con. I was in shock and awe. I have wanted to go to New York Comic Con my entire life, and finally having the opportunity to attend was something I was excited and overjoyed about. 

I got to do so many cool things during my first Comic Con. I explored many exhibits based on movies, TV shows, video games and anime. I also bought lots of plushies and Funko Pops, took pictures with cosplayers, and got an autograph and picture with Boyd Holbrook. The day was geeky, nerdy, and, perhaps most importantly, fun.

         The idea of going to New York Comic Con came about when my mom stumbled across pictures of this year’s Comic Con in San Diego. When she asked me if there was something similar in New York, I told her New York Comic Con happens during October of every year, which led to our decision to attend the event. 

I bought a ticket for an autograph signing with actor Boyd Holbrook, known for playing Donald Pierce in “Logan”, the Corinthian in “The Sandman”, and Steve Murphy in “Narcos”.  I chose Boyd Holbrook because I’ve always enjoyed his characters and performances. 

At the event, the lines to get tickets were extremely long, but we managed to snag ours on time. After we got our tickets, we entered the event using badges themed after the anime “My Hero Academia”. My family and I began to look around, seeing pop-ups promoting popular animes like “One Piece”, “Dragon Ball Z”, and “Chainsaw Man”. There were also several pop-ups for movies and shows like “Teen Wolf”, “SpongeBob SquarePants”, “and all things DC and Marvel-related. 

As expected, booths were also selling plushies, Funkos, and Squishmallows. I bought a plushie of “My Hero Academia” villain Tomura Shigaraki, a Funko Pop of Batman’s arch nemesis The Joker, and a Squishmallow of Toy Story character Buzz Lightyear. 

We took some pictures with cosplayers throughout the day, and I took pictures of people who cosplay as many different characters, some of which included Batman, Mr. Fantastic, Velma, Deadpool, Rick Hybrid, and Sephiroth.

After all this action, the best part of my day came: the autograph signing with Boyd Holbrook. To my surprise, the wait wasn’t long. 

When it was my turn, I was very excited, and we had a great conversation. I talked to Holbrook about how “Logan” meant so much to me because I grew up with the “X-Men” movies, and that I cried watching it. He agreed with me and said he believes the film elevated the superhero genre in a big way. After chatting, he signed an old copy of an “X-Men vs Avengers” comic book I have. He signed it with his signature, his character Donald Pierce’s signature, and a quote from “Logan,” which says: “I’m a fan by the way.” 

After this interaction, he offered to take a photo with me. I was shocked when he asked this because typically you are required to pay for photos and autographs separately, and I had only bought an autograph.  I thanked him and left with a massive smile on my face. This was the first time I met and took a photo with a celebrity I admire. 

My first ever Comic Con is an experience I will cherish for the rest of my life. I have always wanted to go, and finally attending is something to remember in itself. I did so many awesome things which will be memories I hold on to forever. I hope to be able to attend next year, as this was a very special experience for me and my family.