This past week I was honored to attend New York Comic Con 2015 as a member of the press. Being a leader in life lead me to that point, as I saw something that I wanted to acquire, and I took action to achieve it. I was reminded again that dreams are always possible, especially when you are allowed to be your own individual and surround yourself with a community that supports you.
As a fan of comics, sci-fi and all things pop culture since I was a small child, it wasn’t until I finally began my journey with You Leading You, that I decided to leverage those passions with my exploration of personal and professional leadership. I registered last year for a press pass and have been blessed with multiple opportunities, attending many different conventions, film premieres, book launches and other events.
This journey is one that fills me with pleasure as I can relate my experiences with my listeners and readers, all while just simply being in a place surrounded by some of the best fans around.
I arrived early, since that’s just my nature, and I quickly found out that the press was wanted for a Jurassic World Velociraptor selfie area. I was happy to take a few pictures and I Periscope’d the unveiling.
Next up was a Back In Time panel with the creators of the documentary chronicling one of the most loved films of my childhood. This year I also had a side mission, to bring home one of the coveted Pepsi Perfect – Back To The Future limited release bottles. As a huge fan of Back To The Future, and pretty much a collector of stuff that I find cool, I was a man who had a goal. Of course Pepsi was only releasing 1,500 of these bottles during NYCC 2015, before a nation wide limited release. The event had a way to get the bottle, such as dressing as Marty McFly or playing a game of Quick Draw Gunman. I had a feeling though that the panel may hold something special, and I decided to wait in line for an hour and half it! It was a great panel, and of course everybody was freaked out by the masked one behind me (check it out, creepy!)
Success though! The 500 attendees of the panel were all “Oprah’ed” a bottle of Pepsi Perfect. Did I mention I had a goal, and I achieved it, all within the first two hours of the convention.
I decided to walk the floor for a while and was blessed by the sights of cosplayers, and fans enjoying the camaraderie that being in this world shares. That sense of community was extremely prevalent. As the floor became heavier with traffic throughout the day, the politeness and respect from fellow fans never wavered. It is so hard to describe the feeling of togetherness and tribal unity that was exhibited, but I know that experiencing it gave me a sense of belonging.
Looking back at the time I spent at NYCC 2015, I realized that everyone has the opportunity to be themselves, that you can fixate on a goal and achieve it, and that community can be one of the most uplifting support tools that everyone should be a part of.
Oh and where the heck else can you see a parade of unicorns that would hold your place in line, sponsored by Progressive a Protector-Corn will wait for you!
Did you attend this NY Comic Con 2015? I’d love to hear your thoughts.