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While the recorder’s off, Marc Andreyko tells me he’s not a good person. I find this difficult to believe. Beyond the fact that he took time out to meet me during New York Comic Con weekend for fried chicken and coffee, the decades-long veteran of marquee comic book writing—Doctor Strange, Batwoman, and Wonder Woman ’77—took it upon himself to give something back to the world. Like countless others, the openly gay Andreyko was directly affected...
At a big fan convention, characters are everywhere. They’re the reason most of us are there, of course: to celebrate the characters we love and the worlds those characters inhabit. The easiest place to see this devotion—and the enduring public perception of what happens at a big fan convention—is the cosplay, people dressed up in everything from clever conceptual twist-type costumes (like Bob Ross and a “happy tree”) to pitch-perfect renditions of outfits from...
Before this past Thursday, I’d never been to any kind of a convention before, let alone a comic convention. Of course, being a pop culture-obsessive living in the age of the Internet, it’s impossible to avoid coverage, so I had some idea of what to expect. But, really, once I stepped inside the behemoth that is the Jacob Javits Center for this year’s New York Comic Con, there was no amount of preparation that...

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