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Sunday, May 1, 2016

Report: South Jersey Comic Con & Toy Bonanza

Bill of Frankenstein Comics put on an excellent event!
Hello and welcome to the Basement...

And yes I was out of the basement today (ha ha) and over at the Holiday Inn on Route 70 in Cherry Hill, to check out the SJ Comic Con & Toy Bonanza which was put on by the good folks at Frankenstein Comics (check them out at www.frankensteincomics.com or if you're in the area, drop by their store at 845 Mantua Pike in Woodbury, NJ!

The event got underway at 10 AM, and one could see this was going to be a bit of snug fit, with quite a number of vendors there selling comics, toys, DVDs, some art prints... this was basically a con that was perfect for collectors to try and find some goodie in addition to the freebies that were available on the front table which included some a number of promotional magazines and buttons.


You may be wondering what I meant by snug, well you see, the Holiday Inn's main conference rooms are a bit of a confined space, and the SJ CC & TB took made use of every square inch, allowing all the different vendors to display their wares. So at 10 AM when the doors opened, you had a large influx of people, so there was a lot of bumping into folks and "excuse mes" being said. But that's the nature of these kind of events.


And there certainly were a lot of comic books, with the big reminder about long boxes, yes they are great for storage and transporting comics... but if they are too filled, it makes browsing quite difficult with a large crowd and not wanting to be in the way! The positive side is that when the crowds thinned out, I managed to find a few gems like Marvel Tales #150, & Uncanny X-Men #349.

Of course there were more than just comic books being sold, there were 3D Printed figures (a great one of Yoda as Buddah was quite popular from what I saw), a chap using images from comic books to make necklaces, and a lot of action figures, from classic GJ Joes, to Ghostbusters, to of course Funko Pop figures... I managed to get one of Captain Cold which I'll do of an unboxing of later this week.

Now of the the stuff I saw, some vendors were selling whole sets of comics for particular story arcs, these were way out of my price budget, but that concept is pretty damn neat, getting every issue for a story line in one shot is pretty damn awesome. There were a number of rate comics for sale, such as Wolverine #1 and a number of issues from the Silver and Bronze ages of comic that were selling at well over $100.

Which of course brings me to talking about the 'value' of what was being sold. Now I'm a guy who likes a good bargain, and there were ones to be found, grab bags and bundles, discounted trade collections. I went to this event with a tight budget, and not counting the freebies,  still left with a nice variety of times (3 trade collections (Batman - Mad Love & Other Stories, All-Star Superman Volume 1, The Uncanny X-Mean: From The Ashes) six individual issues of comics, and the Funko Figure) for less than $45 total, when combined at their normal prices would've been about about $60.

On a coolness factor, ran into Daniel TKD (host of The Power Hour
on WNJC 1360 AM (Where my father had a radio show at one time, talk about a small world!) and a Martial Arts Instructor at Karate Unlimited in Sicklerville NJ). He has this great idea of maybe doing a combination Comic Book Con and Martial Arts Display, considering the number of characters in comics who use various forms of Martial Arts (i.e. Iron First, Daredevil, Batman, etc, etc). I personally think this a great idea and hope he has a lot of success getting this off the ground with promoters of events around the area.

So all and all... I think this event was a big success from my point of view. 

Now onto the vendors information that I was able to acquite... not everyone had a store or an online presence... but I did get info on a number of folks.

Tiki Tiki Board Games - www.tikitikigames.com
Barrington Movie Poster & Book Shop - www.movieposterandbookshop.com
Retro Station - www.retrostationnj.com
Panther Comics - www.panther-comics.com
The Comic Book Shop - www.thecomicbookshop.com

Cult Fiction Comics - https://www.facebook.com/Cult-Fiction-Comics-218438741545625/

Artists
Evan Newlin of Creatively Obsessed Designs
Muckychris - www.muckychris.com

Upcoming Events (I won't necessarily be attending these... but in case you're interested!

Wizard World Philadelphia
June 2-5, 2016
Pennsylvania Convention Center
visit www.wizardworld.com for information

The 9th Annual It's A Toy Store
May 21, 2016
1256 Harding Highway
Richard, NJ 08350
For Info Call: 856-697-1348

Thy Geekdom Con
November 5, 2016
Doubletree By Hilton Hotel
5727 Concord Pike
Wilmington, DE, 19803
For info visit www.thygeekdomcon.com





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