Q: What gave you the idea to hold a comic convention at a library?
I came up with the idea of a library comic con while I was thinking of fun ways to sell my comics. I currently have well over 10,000 comic books, and since I’m going to be getting married this October, I figured that this may be a good time to part with some of them…but not all of them. I’ll still be holding on to some of my favorites to re-read, and to pass on to my future children. I could have went a traditional route of selling them online, or at regular conventions, but I wanted to create something special. Comic books have always been an important part of my life. My parents were buying comics for me ever since I was a baby, I practically learned how to read because of them, and thirty years later, I still enjoy reading them just as much as I did when I was a kid. Growing up, comic books and graphic novels weren’t really as popular as they are today. The popularity of the recent comic book movies have really brought a lot of these characters into the mainstream. With super hero popularity at an all time high, I saw this as an opportunity to spread comic book awareness as a form of literature, and what better place to do that, then at a library.
Q: How did the library react to the idea?
The great thing about the Woodbury Public Library is that they are very involved with the local community, and are always planning different events and activities for people of all ages. In addition to all of that, they have a large selection of graphic novels for people to choose from. When I presented my idea to the Library Director, Jean Wipf, and her head coordinator, Jessica Ferguson, they immediately embraced the idea, and became just as excited as me, to turn this idea into a reality. At the end of the day, we are looking to create an event that will not only just raise comic book awareness as a form of literature, but hopefully bring folks back into the library, while also helping local businesses, and creating a fun filled day for comic book and super hero fans of all ages!
Q: What is the date/time of the convention?
The event will take place this Saturday, May 3rd at the Woodbury Public Library, located at 33 Delaware Street, in Woodbury NJ from 10am – 1pm. Admission is FREE, and EVERYONE who comes will get a free comic book! In addition, anyone who really wants to show off there Superhero spirit, and come in costume, will get an additional free gift! Our vendors are all local, and include Frankenstein Comics, located in Woodbury NJ, The Comic Book Store, located in Glassboro NJ, and Tiki Tiki Board Games, also located in Woodbury NJ. In addition to having great local vendors there, we also have local New Jersey Comic Book Writer and Creator Tony DiGerolamo as our guest of honor. Tony has written several issues of the Bart Simpson Comic Book, along with creating his own series, The Jersey Devil. Tony will also be hosting a discussion beginning at 12:45 entitled “Webcomics: The Future of the comic book medium.
Q: What kind of events will you be holding at the convention?
Other special guests include local superhero, Philly Spider-Man, who will be present to take pictures with fans. YoYo Jam Professional, A.J. Kirk will be present, showing off some of his incredible yoyo skills, and Philly Radio Station More FM 101.1 will be on hand with goodies, and making balloon animals for children. All of that, plus plenty of activities to keep little ones entertained while the adults are looking through comics books, and let’s not forget freshly popped popcorn, snacks, and much more!
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Q: What do you like and/or dislike about New Jersey?
Being a Jersey guy, my favorite thing about the state would have to be the Jersey Shore. Now that the weather is getting nice, I love heading down to Wildwood or Atlantic City, grabbing a slice of pizza on the boardwalk, and just enjoying the atmosphere.
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