Comic Book Roulette: Finding comics the random nerdy way at NYCC 2016

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Oct 15, 2016, 9:42 AM EDT (Updated)

New York Comic Con. It is a chance to revel in the glorious spectacle of fan culture, and take in the nerdy sights alongside a hundred thousand of our closest friends. But beyond the fun of massive booth displays, celeb spotting, swag, collectibles, and breaking news or reveals, there’s one unifying quotient that makes the whole event possible: comic books!

Now, if my calculations are correct, I have attended every single year of NYCC since its inauguration in 2006. And as someone who has adopted New York City as his home for the better part of 14 years, I am immensely proud to annually take part in this big con in the Big Apple.

I also am proud to support the comic arts at New York Comic Con, which is why I’m especially excited for you to check out the Aaron Sagers take on Comic Book Roulette: NYCC 2016.

In the following video, (similar to my San Diego Comic-Con version, but with even more NYC attitude), I hit the floor of NYCC with a wad of cash, and a mission to buy the comics that other creators recommend. The purpose is simple: I want to find new books, and have the people behind those books send me on a path of discovery.

This particular quest is somewhat challenging to arrange. As all the creators in the following video can attest, nothing was pre-planned as we filmed on the Sunday of the con, and the entire operation is run-and-gun. So what you’re about to watch is a bit of nerdy guerilla-style reporting.

But it’s authentic, super fun, and allowed me the chance to grab new comics, all in the name of a day’s work. Check it out, and if you dig what you’ve seen, pick up the books of (tolerant and talented creators) Scott Snyder (All-Star Batman), Jeff Lemire (Black Hammer), Kristen Gudsnuk (Henchgirl), Katy Rex (Jade Street Protection Services), Kiki Jenkins (Idolon), Adam Hughes (Betty & Veronica), and Marguerite Bennett (Josie & the Pussycats) – as well as the other new books I learned about, Black Mask Studios’ The Skeptics and Kim & Kim; and Dark Horse Comics’ Briggs Land.

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