Recap: Camden Comic Con

What’s going on everybody?

Today I had the chance to go to Camden Comic Con and I had a blast there. As somebody who is a college student, I appreciated the fact that it didn’t cost anything to get in and that a lot of the vendors had fair prices. In addition to picking up some comics, stickers, and a Stranger Things print, I snagged a ton of photos of vendors for you guys.

Unfortunately, due to having a boat load of schoolwork on my plate, I only really had enough time to check out the vendor hall. Hopefully next year I’ll have more time to check out everything else that was available at the convention.

There was plenty of cool stuff on display in the vendor hall, and I found a lot of people that I hope to talk to and share their stories with you guys in the near future. I have a few other photos, but I’m trying to double check the specifics on who the vendors are. before posting those. Enjoy the photos below guys, and be sure to check out the different vendor’s/artist’s stores/social media pages. Peace!

Conquest Comics

Located on 659 Route 9 in Bayville, NJ, this store had an absolutely massive amount of Funko Pops for sale.

Website: www.ConquestComics.com   Email: Conquestcomics@Yahoo.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ConquestComics/

Dumb Bows

Mentioned in an interview post here, Dumb Bows had a nice collection of merchandise at the convention.

Facebook: facebook.com/DumbBows 

Etsy: etsy.com/shop/DumbBows

Ryan G. Browne

One of the artists whose stuff I really enjoyed, Browne had a variety of items including prints, pins, and more up for sale. For myself, I bought a Stranger Things print and really enjoyed a Calvin and Hobbes one he had for sale as well. Check out the online site to see the prints available for sale.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Ryangbrowneart/

Email: zombiepetz@gmail.com

Storenvy: ryanbrowne.storenvy.com

The Encounter Comics & Games

Located on 811 Union Blvd. in Allentown, PA, The Encounter Comics & Games was a godsend for a college student like me. They offered discounted hats, graphic novels, and more at the convention, and I managed to pick up two novels for $10.

Facebook: facebook.com/EncounterComics

Frankenstein Comics

Located next to Retro Station in Woodbury, NJ, Frankenstein Comics had a ton of comics set up at the show. I picked up several comics from the dollar box, including a copy of Flaming Carrot Comics.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FrankensteinComics/

Website: http://www.frankensteincomics.com/

Stronge Designs

With a variety of merchandise such as prints and shirts, Stronge Designs caught my eye as I walked around the convention hall. Shout out to the Pokemon designs, as well as the Edgar Allen Poe.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/strongedesigns/

Website: strongedesigns.com

Plunder Palace

Mentioned in a previous post, Plunder Palace was also set up at the convention. Among the inventory available was comics, wrestling figures, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and more.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/plunderpalacecollectibles/

All Things Fun!

All Things Fun had one of my favorite items at the event, with that being the Joker shades that they had.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AllThingsFun/

Website: http://allthingsfun.net/

All Things Videos Games

Had I not spent a good amount of money already, I may have picked up some of the plushes that were for sale. I think I overheard one of the guys working the table saying that they had a One Punch Man figure for sale earlier too, so I may have to visit the store to check that out.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/allthingsvideogamesnj/

Website: http://allthingsvideogames.com/

Mark Holmes

Holmes is involved with a comic series called Femforce. According to Holmes, this was the first series to feature an all-female superhero team. As you guys can probably imagine, this caught my attention and is something that I will be trying to update you guys on in the future.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/femforce/

KotoriCon: More than just a convention

What’s up guys and gals,

Today we are going to be doing something a little bit differently. While I usually do pre-event and event day coverage of conventions, I’m going to be talking about a local convention that took place a few months ago.

Kotoricon, dubbed on its website as “the little anime con with a big heart,”  is an event ran by students at Rowan College at Gloucester County, with the goal of the event being to raise money for various charity organizations. First started in 2010, the annual two-day event is jam-packed with fun things for attendees to do, including everything from checking out vendors, panels, and screenings of various anime shows.

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A screenshot from https://kotoricon2017.sched.com showing off the schedule for the first day of KotoriCon 2017.

For those interested in how things such the programs and panels are selected, here’s a quick soundbite from an interview I had with Amanda Cancelmo, who was in charge of the of the volunteers and programming at KotoriCon.

To me, there are several aspects of KotoriCon that stood out to me after talking to some of the members of the KotoriCon team.

In addition to the programming, one of the biggest things that stood out to me was the guests that show up to KotoriCon.

This past event, for instance, attracted voice actors such as Tiffany Grant, Michele Knotz, and James Carter Cathcart. These names may sound unfamiliar, but to break it down, they voiced characters such as Asuka Soryu in Neon Genesis Evangelion, Jessie from Team Rocket and Weevil Underwood in Yu-Gi-Oh. (Shout out to YouTube user Anouk van Waardenburg for making this compilation video. I couldn’t help linking to it.)

When I talked with Kelly Terry, who is in charge of guest relations, she mentioned some interesting things about the guest selection process. Here’s a snippet of the interview.

While having a variety of panels and guests is nice, it doesn’t fully touch on what makes KotoriCon special.

KotoriCon is a charity fundraiser with “over $28,000 donated since we started in 2010,” according to the organization’s website.  At this most recent convention, donations went to groups such as Liberty in North Korea, Childs Play, and Seabrook Buddhist Temple, among others. They even raised enough money to rescue two people from North Korea.

Andrew Reeve, one of the members of the KotoriCon team discussed the fundraiser aspect of things with KotoriCon.

While KotoriCon won’t take place again until 2018, this is a convention that should definitely be on everybody’s radar. To find out more, you can check out this page on their website which breaks down the history further.

 

Cherry Hill Public Library Comic Con Vendor Spotlight (Artist/Merchandise)

Hello guys and gals,

This is part of my vendor spotlight series from the Cherry Hill Public Library Comic Con. I have two previous posts about this, with one being about the comic book stores who had tables at the event and the artists who had tables at the event. In this post, I’ll be focusing on the vendors who had merchandise such as pins, prints, and more.

Geekboy Press

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Geek-Boy-Press-107330736022578/

Website: http://geekboypress.com/

Comic Nerd Craft

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/comicnerdcraft/?hc_ref=SEARCH&fref=nf

Email: comicnerdcraft@gmail.com

Poison and Antidote/Amanda Smith

Website(s): poison-and-antidote.com

www.pooknero.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/P0is0n.and.Antid0te/

Super Sox Shop

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Supersoxshop/

Store: http://supersoxshop.storenvy.com/

 

Cherry Hill Public Library Comic Con Vendor Spotlight (Artists)

Hello folks,

This past weekend I went to the Cherry Hill Public Library Comic Con and took some photos of the various vendors and artists that were at the event. In a previous post, which can be found here, I showcased the comic book stores who had tables set up at the event. For this post, I will be focusing on the artists. These will include people such as Ryan Brady, Fernando Jimenez, and Philip McNulty. Enjoy!

Philip McNulty

Website: animatedphil.weebly.com

Facebook: facebook.com/animatedphilart

Email: animatedphilart@comcast.net

Fernando Jimenez

Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/Blackstonecomics/

Email: Jumpman856@aol.com

Ryan Brady

Website: www.camdenscomics.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/camdenscomics

Email: rbrady6047@gmail.com

Cherry Hill Public Library Comic Con Vendor Spotlight (Comic Stores)

Hey guys and gals,

Here are some photos of the vendors at the Cherry Hill Public Library Comic Con. I’m going to be splitting up the posts in a way that makes sense. In this part, I include photos from all the comic book stores that were at the event. Enjoy!

The Comic Book Store

Website: http://www.thecomicbookstore.net/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thecomicbookstore/

Plunder Palace

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/plunderpalacecollectibles/

Stormwatch Comics

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Stormwatch-Comics-145854506715/

Recap: Cherry Hill Public Library Comic Con

Hello boys and girls,

So this past Saturday I went to Cherry Hill Public Library Comic Con and had a great time at the event. There were some really cool vendors and artists there, some of which  I was familiar with and others that I wasn’t familiar with. Unfortunately for me, I have the second half of my car insurance payment and several other bills due at the end of the month, so I couldn’t really afford to spend any money there. That being said, I have a ton of photos of the various different vendors and will have several posts for each vendor and artist. I’ll also include links to their websites and social media pages in the posts.

With that all being said, let’s get into the breakdown.

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Photo by Stephen Huff, The site of where everything went down on Saturday.

I showed up to the event at around 12:20pm or so and headed straight downstairs. The downstairs was transformed into a land of comics, figures, and artwork. One thing I have to give the staff credit for was that they utilized the space well in that it didn’t feel that everyone was crammed into one space.

One cool experience was getting to meet the people behind Camden Comic Con in person. They were at the event manning the Plunder Palace table, as the owner couldn’t be at the event. While this may sound strange, the owner has been a vendor at Camden Comic Con for years and they wanted to help him out.

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Photo by Stephen Huff, I even got one of the Camden Comic Con pins that they were giving away for free. Neat!

Although it was challenging, I managed to not spend any money downstairs, despite several items attracting my attention. One of the artists in particular who grabbed my attention was Philip McNulty.

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Photo by Stephen Huff,  Some of the prints that McNulty had for sale. Although you can’t see it in the photo, McNulty had an awesome print of Gambit on display as well.

After going through the artists and vendors, I decided to attend some of the panels. The panels that I attended covered things such as manga, cosplaying tips, and the history of Will Eisner. The cosplaying tips included things such as how to prevent makeup from smearing on others people’s costumes and how to create fake blood.

The panel on Will Eisner was interesting in that it covered a lot of Will Eisner’s work and how Eisner was ahead of his time in many ways. The panel also involved some discussion of a book called The Lost Works of Will Eisner by Joseph Getsinger, with Getsinger being at the convention as well. The story behind the book is fascinating in that through a series of events, Getsinger managed to come into possession of several thousand printing plates of comic strips from legends such as Will Eisner and Jack Kirby.

While I did have to leave early and didn’t get to experience everything at the convention, I enjoyed my time at Cherry Hill Public Library Comic Con and would definitely go again. Stay tuned for more coverage folks!

Cherry Hill Public Library Comic Con: An event the whole family can enjoy

While the Cherry Hill Public Library is usually a quiet place, that won’t be the case on March 11th.

 

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Photo by Stephen Huff

 

Cherry Hill Public Library will be hosting Cherry Hill Public Library Comic Con on the 11th. Located on 1100 Kings Highway N, the event will run from 12p.m.-4p.m.

Here are the big things that you need to know:

The convention doesn’t cost anything to get into

Various local vendors and artists will be present at the event

There will be panels on topics such as arcades, cosplaying tips and Stranger Things.

There will be a screening of the documentary Minecraft: The Story of Mojang

One of the activities available for kids will be a superhero obstacle course on the upper level of the library.

For more information about the event, check out the video below: