Tuesday, December 30, 2008

The DC Comics Visit

Our Trip to DC Comics

This week me and my brother went to NYC to stay with my uncle for a few days and had a great time. We took a ferry boat to visit the Statue of Liberty and got to see it really close. We went to a bunch of parks and climbed some giant rocks on one of them. We played around a lot and made fun of some ducks at one of the parks. We visited the museum where Night at the Museum took place and the park where Peter broke up with Mary Jane and where they did Enchanted.

The coolest part was that we got to visit DC Comics where they make all the Batman and Superman comics and Tiny Titans and things like that. Chris Cerasi is one of the editors there and he came to meet us downstairs and took us up to the DC offices and floors where they work on all the books. Chris also gave me and my brother each a huge gift bag filled with a ton of DC stuff. There were action figures, big comic trades, coloring books, early reader books, and some fun activity books. I like the book that teaches you how to draw DC superheroes.

There were a bunch of different floors all for the comics. They said that there were seven total levels that all have to do with DC Comics but we only went to a few of them. One was made for Batman and other was for Superman and another was a lot of different DC heroes. On the Batman floor there was a statue of Batman and they had the Batsignal and a painting of Gotham City. There was also a cool mini Batmobile that I got to sit in. We also went to the prop room where they had the real Mr. Freeze’s gun, Batarangs and Robinrangs and Catwoman’s whip and cool stuff like that.

Then we went to the Superman floor. They had real kryptonite, telephone booths that were smashed from him changing and Clark Kent sitting on a bench. On the other level they had a big painting of all of the superheroes of DC.

The guy who did work on Lego Batman introduced himself and asked us if we liked playing the game and asked us if we beat the game yet. I told him I didn’t beat it yet and then he gave us the Prima Guide Book with all of the cheat codes and stuff in it so we could finish up all the levels and unlock all the characters like Hush and Ra’s Al Ghul.

Then we went to visit Kenny Lopez who showed us how he does the design work on the comic books. He showed us the cover of a Batman comic book and showed us different titles and asked which kind we liked more. He had a lot of Mets stuff in his office and I told him that the Mets are losers cause the Phillies won the World Series this year. It was still cool to see how he decides what art to use on the book even though he likes bad baseball teams.

Everybody was really nice to us and we got to see some very interesting things and I really liked the gift bags that we got to take home. It was a big surprise to be able to visit there and I liked getting to see the place where all of the comics are made. I liked meeting the people who work there, too. They were all friendly and it’s neat to know who works on the comics and games that we like so much.


Anonymous said...

That sounds really cool - I'm insanely jealous of you right now.

Anonymous said...

I'm in my twenties and I got to work in that building for a whole summer during grad school. It was just as awesome to me. Isn't that floor with the big painting of Gotham and the bat signal totally cool?

Keep up the awesome blogging and to anyone else, I think they do tours at DC so if you live in or visit NYC and enjoy comic books it's well worth checking out.

Gavin said...

Sounds like a great trip. I have to admit I'm a bit jealous.

Dean Trippe said...

That's SO AWESOME, Liam! I visited DC a few years ago, and it was the absolute COOLEST. I'm glad you got to meet Chris Cerasi, too! He's a friend of mine! :D

Ed Sizemore said...

I've been to NYC many times but have yet to see the DC offices. I'm very jealous of you and your brother.

Happy New Year to you and your family.

JB Sapienza said...

I really want to go now! Next time I'm in NYC, DC here I come.

Anonymous said...

I'm jealous, too (in a good way). Mad Magazine is in the same building, and when I went to NYC three years ago, I visited Mad because a friend of mine is friends with one of the oldest staffers there, and it was REALLY cool, but I knew DC was just one or two floors up, and I totally wished we could've gone up there, too ... Congratulations, it sounds like a blast!

Unknown said...

Anyone who shoves the Phillies' 2008 World Series victory into a Mets fan's face is alright by me, Gabe, a native Philadelphian. Go Phils. Oh, and your reviews are really great to read, too. Go Liam.

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