1) Make a Plan!
First things first - if you want to get anything or do anything at comic con you need a plan! I'm not saying that you won't have any fun if you don't have a plan at comic con - I'm saying you might miss a lot of things that you wouldn't have IF you had a plan. How do you make a plan? Well that all depends on what you want to see. I'm assuming you're mostly interested in the bookish things and maybe some entertainment things so I'll go over that.
2) Get the NYCC phone app.
3) Check out the social media of your most anticipated booths/guests
4) If you're early then you're on time - if you're on time then you're late!
5) Pack things and dress comfortable!
6) What's free and what's not?
You payed a lot of freaking money to go to NYCC! You want to know how much MORE money you're going to have to spend there. Good news is - most things are free! Here is a general rule, in-booth signings are generally free, autographing hall signings usually cost money UNLESS it is a whole show cast or an author! You will have to pay for things like Funkos, action figures, and other things. But all swag is free - that's why it's called swag ;). Last year the only things I spent money on was food, Funkos, a few comics, and art from an amazing disney artist! All in all, I probably spent less than $200.
And don't forget the most important rule - have fun! It's NYCC! Do what you want, see what you want to see, get some free stuff, and party! Let me know if any of you guys are going to NYCC. I'd love to meet up!