Events: "The Expanse" Experience at New York Comic-Con 2019
The Expanse is a science fiction show set in the future where humanity has colonized the Solar System. It is based on a series of novels under the same title. Unlike more optimistic shows like Star Trek, The Expanse acknowledges humanity's strengths and weaknesses as the crew of a ship named The Rocinante navigates not only space but the intense politics between different worlds and government factions. The show has been called Game of Thrones in Space and from a complexity standpoint the description is apt. Originally a show on the SyFy Channel, it has moved to Amazon Prime Video for its fifth season which starts December 13, 2019.
With such a pedigree, New York Comic-Con 2019 was the ideal place to promote the program. To that end Amazon set up a fun experience based on The Rocinante herself! Fans could enter the experience and be greeted by a crew member (complete with space jumpsuit) who handed you a super cool The Expanse cup (the kind that keeps your liquids hot). It is an appropriate gift because once you step in you are in the kitchen of the ship! Fans of the show will know that the kitchen and food plays an important social role in the show for the crew, and it was the perfect place to start the experience.
Look around some more and you realize you are inside a shrunken down version of The Roci. On one side is a control chair (an actual prop from the show!) in front of two monitors. In the middle was a photo experience where you "walked" into The Expanse. Along the walls were lots of mechanical details and even signs that had all sorts of text on them that someone clearly thought through. I was very impressed by this mini-set having a second level like the ship in the show. However since this was sized down it was not large enough for anyone to actually stand on, but I love the concept behind the design!
New York Comic-Con is known for its lines, but no worries. If you did stand on line there were outfits and props from the show lining the exterior of the booth! It was awesome for a scifi Geek like me to see these props and outfits. It was a fun way to peek behind the proverbial curtain and see a bit of the "movie magic" right in front of my eyes. Towards the end ofthe line there was a screen that you could use to navigate a CG recreation of the ship's interior!
I was very impressed by how well thought out The Expanse experience was at New York Comic-Con. Special thanks to the folks at Element Brand Group for arranging for my visit to this fun experience!
The Expanse appearance is currently at New York Comic-Con at Booth Number CP101. New York Comic-Con 2019 runs through this weekend at the Jacob Javitz Convention Center in New York City.
*Official The Expanse logo image credit goes to Amazon.com.