“But lest I paint New York Comic Con as a utopia, it’s worth remembering that the event is also the apotheosis of capitalism. Sure, there’s much creativity to be had, but nearly everything within the Javits Center’s four walls during those four days is for sale, from the food to the games to the books to the art. More than that, Comic Con unites a group (or several) around those commodities, making it essentially a capitalist’s wet dream, a symbol of how much our relationships today revolve around commercial products. Pointing out that the creativity came first, before the industry, is largely irrelevant by now.“
Read more of Jillian Steinhauer on “Steampunks and K-pop and Swag: A Day at New York Comic Con“ here.