Popping the Question at New York Comic-Con: A Love Story in Six Photos
While New Times has been focused on Miami's art and culture, our sister papers in New York have been busy covering the giant pop culture mecca that is New York Comic-Con. Geek culture doesn't stop at the city limits, so we're bringing you dispatches from up north.
Tatiana Craine Love is in the air at New York Comic-Con
It's a fact: conventions bring people together. This year, there are over 100,000 people at New York Comic-Con cramming into the Javits Center to pour over vintage comics, show off their costumes, or catch a few panels among tons of other things. However, on the first official day of the Con, two people were brought way, way closer together than anyone else in the crowd.
Friday afternoon in the Artist Alley, folks were bustling and checking out work from hundreds of artists from around the world. But there was one calm group of people in the thick of things, doing what looked like a routine interview between cosplayers.
Tatiana Craine Not your average interview...
At the center of it all was a guy with an alien bursting from his stomach and a woman as a striking version of Red Sonja, couple Steven Porter and Nicci Fett. Fans may recognize Fett from other conventions, since she's an accomplished costume maker and makeup artist.
Suddenly, microphone in hand, Porter fell to one knee and pulled a ring out of his pocket. Within seconds, a small crowd had gathered around the pair, cheering them on. As with most surprise proposals, it took a few seconds for things to sink in, but she gave him a wholehearted "yes."
Tatiana Craine Popping the question... as an alien pops out of his stomach.
Even the cameraman capturing the whole event on film was shocked, admitting he didn't realize what was happening until it had already passed. Others yet wondered if it was a setup, saying afterwards that they figured it was genuine when they saw Fett's reaction.
After Porter and Fett took some time to catch their breath, we had the chance to chat with the misty-eyed, adrenaline-filled couple about their special moment before they got back to work.
Tatiana Craine Back to business...