Garden State Comic Fest: A Good Time for The Entire Family
Garden State Comic Fest invaded Atlantic City, New Jersey this weekend. It’s an event that was not only enjoyable for the geeks and nerds in us but also made the children super excited to see their favorite comic lore characters in real life. From the jump, the cosplay was right there and you were greeted with R2D2 whistling and beeping at you. Checking in and getting your pass whether you were on the “list” or a walk up was smooth and very unencumbered.
Once on the floor, attendees were greeted with a mixed bag of vendors selling comic books or memorabilia and the flow of the layout made for a very easy ability to see and touch everything. As I walked through the show floor, I had the ability to speak with a various assortment of people.
With the focus of this event being comic books and the artists that create the stories read across generations, every individual I encountered was humble, pleasant and a complete joy to speak with.
As someone who has been covering these events for a few years, you really get a feel for the type of individuals you are going to encounter throughout the day, this Con brought a mixture of legends in the industry and fresh faces that are chomping at the bit to make their mark on the world.
Traversing the floor I had the opportunity to speak with several different actors, artists, illustrators, inkers, writers and general industry folk. Within the first 15 minutes, I chatted with some of the creators of Source Point Press, a highly talented group of creators bringing the titles: Prick, Shelter Division, Jasper’s Starlight Tavern and Wages of Sin. All of these people were seriously just happy to be creating stories and capturing their audience.
From there I had the opportunity to have a brief conversation with David Dastmalchian, an actor who broke into blockbuster films with roles such as, Thomas Scott: The Dark Knight, Coco: Blade Runner 2049, and a recurring role as Kurt in Ant-Man and the upcoming Ant-Man and the Wasp. Dastmalchian is also known as the historic villain Murdoch from the CBS hit drama reboot of MacGyver.
He was a humble, gracious man that seemed to understand that the people are what give him the opportunity to be the actor he had aspired to be, and he is giving it back in spades, greeting the people having genuine conversation and enjoying the moment that was before him. It was a very refreshing thing to see for sure. Look for David as a guest on the 8BitBros Radio Show in the coming weeks
As I walked the floor for the day, I spoke with many talented individuals from all walks of the comic world, from the legendaries illustrator/inker Joe Del Beato and illustrator/colorist Mark Morales. I also had the opportunity to speak with several independent comic publishers that have an incredible drive to make their dream come true
- Ryan Onorato
- Matt Kellman from CrawlSpaceStudio
- Ryan Macaluso from Rock Mill Industries
- Jay Taylor from On The Square Comics – This Dude dropped a $10 word way too early in the morning
- Jake and Sean from Baggs Brothers – Didn’t use a $10 word but was most loquacious with a curse word … see what I did there Jay?
Being a tech nerd that I am, I had a great conversation with the guys from DronExTv. These guys have amazing stories of shooting drone footage in abandon, run-down urban environments .. check out their YouTube channel and look for them coming up on the 8Bitbros to hear the behind the scenes stories. They will be debuting a show this summer on Roku Drone Channel. You’ll want to keep a lookout for it.
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All in all, the Garden State Comic Fest was a great event, great organizers, and great actors/headliners. Most of all, great people were there that shared a common interest in the comic fandom.
Garden State Comic Fest is happening this weekend in Atlantic City, NJ at the Showboat Convention Center and Hotel. If you’re free on Sunday and looking for something to do, make the trip you won’t be disappointed its open between 10 am and 6 pm.