Anime NYC was a convention born from the “anime ghetto” of New York Comic Con, and has grown to the point where Reed Pop’s own New York Anime Fest shrank into obscurity. This year's ANYC brought 53,000 attendees, with a vaccine requirement to enter. I had to see what would definitely be the anime/social event of the season, but there were some things I did not anticipate.
Despite the onset of a global pandemic and tensions between director Denis Villeneuve and HBOMax, Dunehas finally hit TV screens and theaters across America. Dune has long been considered a great in the sci-fi literary canon, and even though there have been multiple adaptations -- whether they be 1980s film, real time strategy game, or TV mini series -- few have been able to capture the sense of scope put forward in Frank Herbert’s text. Now, Villeneuve sets out to put his own mark on the classic story.
Nostalgia is a potent force in the world, and one that perpetuates over the years with the help of giant media conglomerates. I ruminated on this thought while looking at a display ofHocus Pocus themed merchandise at the local craft store. Nostalgia is no longer a fleeting sensation that is occasionally sparked, it is an industry unto itself that seeks to continuously prod consumers into parting with their money. The Netflix series The Movies that Made Ustrades in such hyper-charged nostalgia
I managed to go to one convention this year without getting sick, so I decided to tempt fate once more with a visit to the 2021 New York Comic Con. It seems I'm continuously drawn back to the Javits Center.