The state has been buzzing about the upcoming New Jersey Comic Expo, and the time has almost arrived for the family-friendly event to make it’s return to the NJ Expo Center in Edison, at the crossroads of Jersey.
The New Jersey Comic Expo (NJCE) has lined up another exciting weekend of celebrity guests, legendary and top creators in the comic book industry, interactive exhibits and hours of seminars and panels.
“We couldn’t be more excited for our second show in New Jersey later this month” says Martha Donato, Executive Director and Founder of the New Jersey Comic Expo. “Last year’s response from guests, exhibitors and attendees was overwhelmingly positive, and with this year’s guest list and programming slate, things are shaping up to be even better!”
New Jersey based publishing powerhouse Dynamite Entertainment will be bringing some of their top talent to this year’s show, including Amy Chu, writer of the newly launched KISS comic book series, Bill Willingham, writer of Fables, Legenderry, and the recently announced Greatest Adventure, and James Robinson, the mastermind behind the reimagining of DC’s Starman, and writer an all-new James Bond series!
“Last year’s first time event truly was the start of something special. Martha and her team have put together a show which has raised the bar for pop culture events here in New Jersey,” says Dynamite CEO and publisher, Nick Barrucci. “This year we wanted to again bring some of our most talented creators working on some our most prominent and anticipated titles to meet the fans here in the Garden State!”
Other comics talent making their first appearance at New Jersey Comic Expo this year are Peter David (X-Factor, The Incredible Hulk, Supergirl, Young Justice, Captain Marvel, Pulling Up Stakes, Darkness of the Light), Colleen Doran (Neil Gaiman’s Troll Bridge, Amazing Fantastic Incredible Stan Lee, The Walking Dead, Marvel’s SHIELD), Steve Ellis (Co-Creator of High Moon, The Only Living Boy, and The Silencers), Top Cow publisher and writer Matt Hawkins (Think Tank, The Tithe, Necromancer, VICE, Lady Pendragon, Aphrodite IX, Tales of Honor), Paul Jenkins (Replica from AfterShock Comics, Hellblazer, Peter Parker: Spider-Man, The Spectacular Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk,, Witchblade), Cuban artist and animation legend Mario Rivas, James Robinson (James Bond: Felix Leiter, Starman, Superman, Justice League of America, Fantastic Four, Earth 2, All-New Invaders), Bart Sears (Justice League Europe, Spider-Woman, The Path, The First, X-O Manowar, Blade, Judge Dredd, Captain America), and Bill Willingham (Elementals, Fables, Greatest Adventure, Legenderry, Justice Society of America), and Mike Zeck (The Punisher, Captain America, Master of Kung Fu, G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero, Deathstroke the Terminator, Marvel Superheroes Secret War)!
Also, returning to the show this year is Marvel Super Star Mark Bagley, Leaving Megalopolis co-creator Jim Calafiore, Marvel writer Joe Caramagna, Marvel and DC artist David Finch, Writer/producer Jeff King, Marvel Inker Mark Morales, DC artist Rags Morales, Deadpool co-creator Fabian Nicieza, comic book writer and educator Buddy Scalera, Archie artist Jeffrey Schultz, and many more!
Celebrity guests scheduled to appear at this year’s show include Randy Havens and Catherine Dyer of the Netflix series, Stranger Things, along with The Walking Dead’s Steve Coulter, Major Dodson, and Lew Temple!
Cosplay takes center stage again this year with celebrity cosplay guests like Ashley Chantilly, international cosplay personality Ivy Doomkitty, SuicideGirl Lua Suicide, returning guest Vegas Powergirl, Victoria C, Yuffie Bunny, and more!
The NJCE 2016 Cosplay Contest will take place in the Main Ballroom from 6:30pm-8:00pm, and will be hosted by The 501st Legion, with celebrity judges Ashley Chantilly, Ivy Doomkitty, Lua Suicide and Yuffie Bunny!
Register for the NJCE Cosplay Contest in advance, with onsite registration and check in available at the 501st Legion’s Table in Cosplay Corner.
The legendary Kubert School will celebrate 40 years at this year’s show with a panel at 3pm on Saturday! Hosted by Adam Kubert, with guests Cory Smith, Idan Knafo, Marki Wolfson, Tom Mandrake and Jan Duursema will be a retrospective discussion on the impact of Joe Kubert’s vision and legacy on the careers of some of the school’s most prominent graduates. Graduates from different eras over the past 40 years paint a picture of how the school has grown and impacted the industry.
Other programming highlights include exclusive panels focused on Stranger Things, The Walking Dead, DC Comics Talent Talks, Marvel Heroes, Dynamite Entertainment, a Spotlight on Cuban artist and animator, Mario Rivas, a Fables retrospective with Bill Willingham, and many more!
Fans of all ages attending the New Jersey Comic Expo can prepare for two full days of exclusive programming. Over 60 hours of programs in five areas will be presenting Q&A’s with the industry’s top creators, real-world insight on finding success in today’s challenging comics marketplace, cosplay instruction from top artists, celebrity speakers, classics on creating your own comics, and much more.
Purchase your tickets now for the New Jersey Comic Expo at the New Jersey Expo Center in Edison, NJ on November 19 and 20! All ages are invited and kids 10 and under are FREE ALL WEEKEND!