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What? You’ve never heard of Howard Rogofsky? Neither had we, but that’s because there are some huge holes in our education. For decades he has been one of the world’s leading comic collectors and is widely credited with being the first full-time dealer — he was the guy you sent a mail order to if you wanted a back issue of anything. And now he’s selling it all off. He booked a hall for the afternoon at the Holiday Inn Midtown on 57th Street and engaged Mike Carbonaro of Big Apple Con fame to help him move the merch.
We suggest that, after you’ve shopped the Rogofsky Collection, you take the B train to Brooklyn to attend the 7 p.m. mixer for two of Nerd York’s geekiest Meetup Groups: NY SciFi & Fantasy and NYC Doctor Who. The only proper venue is The Way Station, the steampunk-themed tavern with a TARDIS parked inside.
Washington Heights’ United Palace movie house is the eclectic scene of a curated viewing of the 1939 all-ages classic, The Wizard of Oz. If you’ve gone over the rainbow, you’re right where you’re supposed to be. Newsprint film critic Lou Lumenick and IFC host Tiffany Vazquez will discuss this film, which still stands out today for its humor, music, movement, effects and — above all else — color palette. Curtain rises at 4 p.m. It’s straight up Broadway at 176th Street. If you go over the rainbow, you’re fine. If you’ve gone over the George Washington Bridge, then you’re lost in New Jersey and need to turn around.
Next week we’ll take a look at all the new movies dropping over the Christmas season, which will be more than enough to keep us entertained into the new year. But don’t forget to sign up for … uh … tell you next week.
WHAT’S NEW AT BOROUGHCON
Now that we have our key track leader roles set, we’ve begun the process of programming and scheduling. It’s all very tentative now, but we want you to know we’re thinking very hard about it.
We don’t want to be that convention that hits you up for money at the gate, then delivers nothing but a dealers’ room and artists’ alley, where you’re expected to spend even more money. No, we’re going to give you something for your door charge. We’ll have panels, Q&As, workshops and of course screenings in at least half a dozen rooms at all times, open to close each day. The open space will sprinkled with performances, exhibits and music. We’ll also have after-hours and even overnight activities. Stay tuned as we reinvent the pop culture convention form!