The Most Bizarre Oddities You’ll See at New York Comic-Con

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For example, you might be deeply conflicted about the juxtapositions in this image.

For example, you might be deeply conflicted about the juxtapositions in this image.

DogBadge Writers Nick Nadel
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by Nick Nadel

It’s an oft-repeated complaint that comic book conventions, like the San Diego Comic-Con and this weekend’s New York Comic Con, have very little to do with comic books. Of course, this complaint has grown a bit tiresome since comic cons have featured movie and TV guests for decades. It’s just that now people with active careers actually attend instead of, say, Jimmie Walker or Yahoo Serious. (What’s that guy doing right now? Whatever came of his lawsuit against the search engine that shares his name?)

"Yes, please do use your Dr. Horrible t-shirt as a conversation-starter to awkwardly ask me out. That's how I want to spend my entire weekend."

“Yes, please do use your Dr. Horrible t-shirt as a conversation-starter to awkwardly ask me out. That’s how I want to spend my entire weekend.”

Besides, are geeks really going to complain about getting to meet Felicia Day in between scouring for Hawkeye back issues? Peanut butter and chocolate go great together and so do comic books and former Babylon 5 cast members. Still, when you open the gates to stuff like Person of Interest, eventually some things that have no business being at a comic book or sci-fi or geek culture or whatever we’re calling it these days convention seep in. Take a look at a few of the stranger offerings at this year’s New York Comic Con.

Augmented Reality: Arizona’s The Soda Shaq Hoops Game App

We’ll be honest – we may have had a stroke at some point while reading the title of this panel. Ostensibly the unveiling of an app that lets you try to score against Shaq, this is really just a big ad for Arizona disguised as a preview of a “fun” game. Perhaps they’ll finally reveal why Shaq Soda tastes like liquid sadness.

"This stuff tastes like Shaq Diesel sounds--which is to say, not as good as real diesel. I mean, it's the Kazaam of soft drinks. You'd rather play 19 hours of the Game Boy edition of Shaq-Fu with an upside-down controller than...wow, everything I put my name on outside of basketball is terrible."

“This stuff tastes like Shaq Diesel sounds–which is to say, not as good as real diesel. I mean, it’s the Kazaam of soft drinks. You’d rather play 19 hours of the Game Boy edition of Shaq-Fu with an upside-down controller than…wow, everything I put my name on outside of basketball is terrible.”

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