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New York Comic Con

The New York Comic Con is an annual New York City fan convention dedicated to Western comics, graphic novels, manga, video games, toys and television. It was first held in 2006; the New York Comic Con is a for-profit event produced and managed by ReedPOP, a division of Reed Exhibitions and Reed Elsevier, is not affiliated with the long running non-profit San Diego Comic-Con, nor the Big Apple Convention known as the Big Apple Comic-Con, owned by Wizard Entertainment. ReedPOP is involved with other events, including Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo and PAX Dev/PAX East/PAX Prime. ReedPop and New York Comic Con were founded by Greg Topalian, former senior vice president of Reed Exhibitions; the first con was held in 2006 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Due to Reed Exhibitions' lack of experience with comic conventions, attendance was far more than anticipated, the main exhibition hall could only hold 10,000. Despite crowding on Friday afternoon, tickets continued to be sold due to low pre-reg numbers, the non-counting of professionals and exhibitors.

The main exhibition hall hit capacity Saturday morning and was locked by the fire marshals until people left, with the lockdown ending in the afternoon. Major guests, including Kevin Smith and Frank Miller, could not enter the main hall; the line to enter the convention wrapped around the building with waits of two hours to enter, many were turned away. Ticket sales for Sunday were suspended. Reed announced; the second con was held in 2007, with the convention organizer booking double the floor space than the previous year's space, moving to the upper level of the Javits Center. The show on Friday was again only open to industry and press until 4 p.m. when it opened to the public. Due to better planning, advance ticket sales were controlled, the convention sold out for Saturday. Lines started forming at midnight Saturday to enter the convention, by Saturday morning, there was a 2-hour wait in 20 degree temperatures to enter. Crowding was a problem in the Artists Alley, off the main convention floor, causing it to be moved to the main floor for 2008.

The American Anime Awards, hosted by New York Comic Con, was held on February 24 at the New Yorker Hotel, during the Comic Con. The third con held in 2008 moved to April, continued to grow, occupied most of the main level in the Javits Center. Stan Lee was awarded the inaugural New York Comics Legend Award at the Times Square Virgin Megastore before the Comic Con. Kids' Day programming was added to the convention on Sunday with the help of Kids's Comic Con; the fourth con held in 2009 returned to February and featured a charity art auction to support The Hero Initiative. Due to scheduling conflicts with the Javits Center for spring dates and the creation of the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo by Reed, New York Comic Con was moved to October for Halloween starting in 2010; the New York Anime Festival a separate event created by Reed, was merged into Comic Con. Registration for the combined events was 190 percent ahead of 2009's numbers, convention space was increased by an additional 40 percent, the anime festival was moved to the lower level of the Javits.

The main floor of the convention center was split by a large construction area due to repairs to the Javits Center. Intel Extreme Masters Global Challenge – New York took place in Comic Con 2011, it featured eSport tournaments for games such as StarCraft II, League of Legends, Counter-Strike. In 2011, the convention was expanded to four days; the first day of the convention was limited to press and fans that purchased a four-day pass. This changed in 2013. With this addition, attendance at New York Comic Con grew to over 130,000, which placed the attendance of the convention on par with San Diego Comic-Con for the first time ever. In 2014, NYCC's attendance reached 151,000, surpassing SDCC to become the largest comic book convention in North America. In 2016, it was announced that everyone attending NYCC 2016 would be required to complete a "Fan Verification" profile; the event organizers explained that this step was implemented in an attempt to reduce the amount of scalpers and resellers who purchase tickets.

Fan Verification would only be open from May 20 - June 14, tickets purchased could only be assigned to someone with a profile. It was announced that NYCC would no longer be selling VIP tickets, that show tickets would not be sold at any retailers or events leading up to NYCC 2016. In 2017, the sale of 3-day and 4-day passes to the event were discontinued. Only single day Thursday, Saturday and Sunday kids tickets would be sold for the event. In 2018, the event organizers announced a partnership with Anime Expo for show called Anime Fest @ NYCC X Anime Expo; the four-day event would be held at Pier 94 in New York City, concurrent with the NYCC convention dates. In 2019, the sale of the 4-day passes to the event returned along with the single day Thursday, Friday and Sunday passes The New York Anime Festival was an anime and manga convention held annually from 2007 to 2011 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on the West Side of Manhattan in New York City. Produced by Reed Exhibitions, the people behind New York Comic Con, the inaugural event was held from December 7 through December 9, 2007.

Starting in 2010 the New York Anime Festival has been held with the New York Comic Con, bringing the two cultures together. In 2012, the New York Anim

Máximo (wrestler)

José Christian Alvarado Ruiz is a Mexican Luchador or professional wrestler where's is signed to Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide performing as Máximo. Maximo while working for the Mexican professional wrestling promotion Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre as Máximo Sexy until May 2017. Alvarado is the son of José Alvarado Nieves, who wrestles as Brazo de Plata, the grandson of Shadito Cruz and part of the extended Alvarado wrestling family. Alvarado wrestles as an Exótico character, a character that appears to be homosexual but he is married to wrestler India Sioux and together they have a son. José Christian Alvarado Ruiz was born on November 8, 1980 son of professional wrestler José Alvarado Nieves, into an extended family of wrestlers; the young José Christian grew up watching his father and his uncles wrestle all over Mexico and wanted nothing more than become a professional wrestler himself. He was trained for his professional wrestling debut by his grandfather Shadito Cruz and his father Brazo de Plata.

He would on receive further training by El Hijo del Gladiador, Memo Díaz and Franco Columbo. Alvarado made his professional wrestling debut in April, 2000 under the ring name Corazon de Dragón and worked as Pepe Rous. After gaining a bit of experience he took the name "Brazo Jr." – since his younger brother was wrestling as Brazo de Plata Jr. he played a character, supposed to be the son of El Brazo. The two sons of Brazo de Plata teamed up with the son of Brazo de Oro who wrestled as Brazo de Oro Jr. to form the next generation of "Los Brazos". After a few months Alvarado changed his name from Brazo Jr. to Brazo de Platino Jr. because El Brazo's own son was training to become a wrestler himself. The Junior Brazos began working for Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre in 2003 before the Alvarez family decided that their sons should create characters of their own instead of being the "Junior Brazos". Brazo de Oro Jr. became La Brazo de Plata Jr. became Kronos. José Christian Alvarado was repackaged as Máximo, a character inspired by the Roman era and was supposed to team up with Los Romanos but instead he was turned into an Exótico character, a character that skirts the gender definitions and appears to be more homosexual than heterosexual.

Máximo retained the "toga" look that came from his original idea but turned to pinks and purple colors to boost the Exótico image. CMLL did not have any other Exótico characters at the time, making Máximo stand out. On October 7, 2005 Máxmio won his first professional wrestling championship when he teamed up with El Sagrado and El Texano Jr. to defeat Pandilla Guerrera to win the Mexican National Trios Championship. Over the next 569 days Texano Jr. Sagrado and Máximo defended the Trios title against teams such as Danger, Magnum. On April 29, 2007 the team lost the Mexican National Trios Title to the Los Perros del Mal faction of Mr. Águila, Damián 666 and Halloween. The title change was facilitated by El Texano Jr. turning on his partners mid-match, giving Los Perros an easy victory. Not long after turning Rudo Texano Jr. joined Los Perros del Mal and began a long-running, on again, off again, feud with Máximo. The storyline between Máximo and El Texano Jr. ended on March 15, 2009 two years after it began, when Texano Jr. defeated Máximo in two straight falls in a Lucha de Apuesta match, forcing Máximo to have all his hair shaved off after the match.

Following the match Máximo stated that he was going to leave CMLL and become a freelance wrestler, stating that he was not happy that CMLL's booking team was "too focused on a single wrestler". After the interview the CMLL Booking team and Máximo came to an agreement as he returned to CMLL only a short time later. In the fall of 2009 Máximo began a feud with Japanese wrestler Okumura as part of a longer running "Mexico vs. Japan" storyline. Okumura and Máximo faced off several times as part of trios matches and each time the tension between the two wrestlers built. On November 5, 2009 the two faced off in a Lucha de Apuesta match, which saw Okumura win his first Apuesta, leaving Máximo bald in the process; the same year, Máximo wrestled in Japan for the Último Dragón Lucha Fiesta and teaming with Otoko Sakari in tag team matches. They were defeated. In early 2010 Máximo was entered in the first Torneo Nacional de Parejas Increibles tournament, a tournament where CMLL teams up a Tecnico and a Rudo for a tournament where the teams represent the region they trained in.

Máximo teamed up with Mr. Niebla, forming a team, nicknamed La Peste con Amour born from Mr. Niebla being part of La Peste Negra and Máximo's Exótico ring character. In the first round Niebla and Máximo defeated the team of Blue Panther and Misterioso II. La Peste con Amour won when Máximo kissed Panther, distracting him long enough for Mr. Niebla to sneak up behind him to roll him up for the pinfall. In the second round the team faced Atlantis and Mascara Dorada but were defeated when Máximo tried to kiss Atlantis to distract him, but ended up kissing Mr. Niebla instead, making him susceptible to a roll-up and pinfall. Following their exit from the Parejas Incredibles tournament Máximo and Mr. Niebla continued to team up blending both of their comedic styles together fo

1923 Vanderbilt Commodores football team

The 1923 Vanderbilt Commodores football team represented Vanderbilt University during the 1923 Southern Conference football season. The team's head coach was Dan McGugin. Members of the Southern Conference, the Commodores played six home games at Dudley Field in Nashville and finished the season with a record of 5–2–1 overall and 3–0–1 in Southern Conference play, outscoring opponents 137–33. Vanderbilt won its conference for the third straight year, tying with Washington & Lee for the Southern Conference championship. Most sportswriters listed the Commodores as the outright winner of the mythical Southern crown, resulting in their receiving the Champ Pickens Trophy as champions of the South, it is to date the last conference title for Vanderbilt football. The team suffered losses to the national champion Michigan Wolverines and the undefeated Texas Longhorns; the offense was led by quarterback Doc Kuhn and All-Southern halfback Gil Reese. The defense which averaged 2.33 points per game at home, was anchored by All-Southern ends Lynn Bomar and Hek Wakefield.

Bomar was a consensus All-American selected such by Walter Camp, a rarity for a player from the South. Of Wakefield's performance during the game with the Wolverines, Michigan head coach Fielding Yost said "I never saw a greater exhibition of end play." As was common in 1923 and the days of one platoon football, both Bomar and Wakefield featured on offense and the kicking game. Following two unbeaten seasons, Wallace Wade left his position at assistant coach to be head coach at Alabama, where he went on to win three national and four SoCon titles, he was replaced at Vanderbilt with Vanderbilt alumnus Josh Cody. Vanderbilt faced a hard schedule through the month of October. Quarterback Doc Kuhn was elected captain at the end of last year. Returning players included Kuhn, Lynn Bomar, Tuck Kelly, Red Rountree, Gil Reese, Fatty Lawrence. Lengthy end Tot McCullough was ruled ineligible for the coming season; those who played for baseball in the South Georgia league, or any other unrecognized one, were disallowed from participating in varsity athletics in the Southern Conference.

Tot had played with the Albany club. The Commodores opened the season at Dudley Field against the Howard Bulldogs on October 6 and were considered heavy favorites. Vanderbilt won by a score of 27–0; the regulars played only in scoring 20 points. Captain Doc Kuhn once returned a kickoff 80 yards. To the woe of Commodore fans, tackle Tex Bradford was ruled ineligible on October 10, his loss was lamented so near the eve of the Michigan game, for his line work against them was "materially responsible" for the 0 to 0 tie of last year. In the second week of play, Vanderbilt traveled to Ann Arbor for a rematch of last year's scoreless tie with the Michigan Wolverines. There was much optimism among the Vanderbilt faithful, for last year its team had many injuries when it tied Michigan. Michigan's A. J. Sturzenegger had scouted Vanderbilt shortly before the game, found the Commodores to have good reason for thinking they could win, he was not alone in this view, the Commodores were "regarded as having as strong an aggregation as last year."

Vanderbilt lost the hard fought game 3-0. Much like last year, the game featured stalwart defense. Vanderbilt "handcuffed the Wolverines' running and passing game" and "had a defense which became nothing less than a stone wall whenever her goal was threatened." Both Commodore halfback Gil Reese and Wolverine halfback Harry Kipke were "marked men". Reese and Doc Kuhn were said to raise fans to their feet with the showcase of speed, but the Wolverines kept it confined to sideways runs of little gain. A wire service account of the game noted the defensive play, "Both played crafty football, the fumbling that tended to mar the game being more than offset by swift, dashing interception of passes while the work of the linesmen on both sides was at top form." The lone score of the game came on a 15-yard field goal by consensus first-team All-American Jack Blott in the second quarter. Play was in Vanderbilt territory for all of the first half. After Michigan had reached the Vanderbilt 7-yard line, two drives at the line failed, resulting in lost yardage.

On third down, Jack Blott was called into the backfield from his normal position at center and kicked a field goal. Two field goal attempts by Kipke failed. One was blocked and another rolled under the cross bar; the one other long gain of the day was a 20-yard run late in the third quarter from Herb Steger. The run came just after Vanderbilt had advanced its furthest into Michigan territory and had its drive ended by a Steger interception. Vanderbilt never advanced far enough to attempt a field goal. Vanderbilt's best player that day was Hek Wakefield, showcasing his skill in tackling Michigan's runners. "I never saw a greater exhibition of end play," said Fielding Yost, referring to Wakefield. The Kingsport Times reported. Thomas Ryan had a fine game, out-punting the famed Harry Kipke; the Michigan Alumnus attributed this to Ryan's superior line, claiming Kipke was under constant threat of a blocked punt. The Alumnus said Kipke could not seek to return punts, for fear of fumbling; as soon as he received the ball, Vanderbilt ends Hek