By D. Anthony Thomas

Veteran New York City fanboys and fangirls have been receiving a pleasant surprise in their inboxes as of late.  Reed Pop, the geek-inclined offshoot of Reed Exhibitions, has recently sent out pre-sale links for tickets to New York City Comic Con 2017.  Pop culture connosieurs in the five boroughs and beyond rejoiced, but the largest pop culture convention in North America is still months away.  Enter downtown Manhattan’s Five Points Festival and Queens’ BoroughCon: two gatherings determined to capture the attention of geekdom and help deliver a healthy dose of Vitamin D before Summer’s arrival.

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Photo: Five Points Festival

Organizers Clutter Magazine and Midtown Comics describe The Five Points Festival (May 20th & 21st at Pier 36) as “The antidote to the average con, Five Points brings tastemakers, misfits, and rebels together with the new, retro, and infamous in a one-of-a-kind marketplace.”  This unique enthusiast milieu promises to include access to professional comic creators, craft beer, celebrated food trucks, toy designers, and other treats guaranteed to satisfy your inner nerd.

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Photo: BoroughCon

The braintrust behind BoroughCon, which will be held Memorial Day Weekend at St. John’s University, believe that their “fans first” approach will resonate with the lovers of all things geek in the outerboroughs.  “The Ethos of BoroughCon is not to design the convention around our needs, but look to the needs of the con-goer and the vendor/artists. We want to  proactively engage everyone who attends to ensure great con experience.  Put another away, it is our goal to create a more immersive and interactive experience for our attendees.”  BoroughCon tickets will provide you with up to four days entrenched in fandom, and the opportunity to meet legendary comic creators (Marv Wolfamn, Mike Grell), and actors from such noteworthy franchises as Lord of the Rings (Sean Astin AKA Sam Gamgee) and The Walking Dead (Khary Payton AKA King Ezekiel).

New York City Comic Con is still the proverbial king of the geek hill.  However, its success is slowly but surely giving rise to competition that provides fans with more and more chances to indulge in their hobbies of choice.  You no longer have to wait until the Fall to get your pop culture nerd on.   WinterCon, Big Apple Comic Con, The Five Points Festival, BoroughCon… nowadays, we can do the fandom thing year round.

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