Rock + Metal Highlights of New York Comic Con 2015 [Exclusive Photos]
Comic Con often embraces those in the rock and metal world, and this year’s New York Comic Con was no different. Thousands flocked to Jacob Javits Center to geek out on all things comic book related.
On Thursday, Metalocalypse mastermind / Dethklok frontman Brendon Small was part of a panel. Meanwhile, fans may have also seen photos of Thirty Seconds to Mars frontman Jared Leto incognito walking the floor in a baboon costume. Brooklyn’s own Alan Robert of Life of Agony was also there doing signings of his Killogy comics, as well as participating in panels.
Coheed and Cambria also had their own booth where they sold music, shirts and Evil Ink comic books. Many of their diehard fans came out to meet the band and the meet and greet line spanned many aisles .
Over in Artist Alley, we met Andy Belanger, an artist from Montreal who’s art is influenced by metal. Specifically, his work aptly titled Black Church which includes his very metal playlist on the back of the graphic novel. We spoke at great lengths with Belanger about music all while he proudly donned his Behemoth hat.
We also met a cool surreal artist David Stoupakis in Artist Alley who’s work can be seen in Tome Vol. 2: Melancholia, which features additional art by notable tattoo artist Paul Booth and other talented artists.
Over on the main floor a booth called Little Punks caught our eye. Created by a family who loves art and music, Daniela and Justin Fullam may be the coolest parents ever as they are all about creativity and metal. They just happen to have the coolest kid ever named Elliott who has interviewed some major bands and absolutely LOVES King Diamond.
27 is a compelling comic anthology inspired by the infamous "27 Club" musicians Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain, Amy Winehouse, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and others who died at the age of 27. We spoke to a couple of artists who were major contributors to the book and one of them just happens to be a Bathory fan!
We also came across some metalheads who had a stand named Scumbags and Superstars. The guys were all about anything metal, punk rock, alternative and horror, what could be better than that? Scarecrowoven is an artist who is also all about guts and gore, his art is very Gwar-like and he’s even done shirt art for Ministry.
Wrestling and metal are like two peas in a pod right? Well most of the time. We also caught some old school wrestlers such as Hacksaw Jim Duggan who happily greeted fans and signed 2x4 pieces of wood. The Honky Tonk Man himself and Bushwacker Luke Williams were less happy as they teamed up at a table together waiting for fans. There was also a giant bronze statue of the late, great Ultimate Warrior.
Check out our gallery of some rock and metal moments of Comic Con 2015 above!