Everyone experiences fan conventions differently, but author and movie reviewer Marshall Julius is anything but your typical attendee at New York Comic Con 2019. Armed with his soon-to-be-published quiz book, Vintage Geek, and bags full of collapsible “Pulp Heroes” from Far Out Toys to hand out to appreciative con attendees, Julius made his NYCC experience all about meeting people, sharing his love of geek culture, and adding to his Darth Vader collection.
Marshall spoke to us about his time in New York just after returning to London where he freelances and reviews movies for BBC Radio. Although he didn’t sit in on Q&A panels or visit activations or stand in line for autographs or photo ops as some others might do, Julius found his own enjoyment in handing out goodies and soaking in the atmosphere among all the cosplayers and other attendees.
“I just love the atmosphere of Comic Con,” Julius told us on The Den of Geek Podcast. “Everyone is so friendly and inclusive. I don’t know, I just get a really good vibe off of it. Obviously, it’s incredibly crowded and mad; I felt sometimes like we were all refugees from some nerd planet that had been blown up… like when we were getting food from the food truck and everyone was sitting on the floor… I thought we should all have a good old second World War sing song to keep our spirits up because it definitely felt like a nerd refugee experience, but in a good way.”
The Den of Geek Podcast has become a place where we like to revisit all of our convention experiences all year long, and we’re very grateful that Marshall Julius shared his enthusiasm for geek culture with us. You can join his massive Twitter tribe by following @MarshallJulius, and be sure to pre-order his book using the link above. The full audio of our interview can be found in your podcast app of choice, or simply listen below.
Michael Ahr is a writer, reviewer, and podcaster here at Den of Geek; you can check out his work here or follow him on Twitter (@mikescifi). He co-hosts our Sci Fi Fidelity podcast and coordinates interviews for The Fourth Wall podcast.