We make comics, collect comics, and deal in rare underground comix, so we thought we'd like to make a con that embodied our sensibilities. As the major conventions grow exponentially, but focus less on comics, we felt a good old-fashioned con with a strong emphasis on comics was needed.
Our first show in 2012 started small, just 32 tables in a bowling alley that was converted to a rock club that was converted to a comic convention. Our sencond show had 48 tables. Our last show was held at Convention Hall and had 150 exhibitors and eight panel discussion sessions. April 2014 saw us expand to two days and feature over 180 exhibitors. While it is our intention to grow the size of our con, we do not book movie and tv celebs or pro wrestlers. We intend to keep our shows about comics.
Our past shows at Asbury Park Comicon and NY Comic Fest in Westchester, NY have seen great guests like Chris Claremont, Al Jaffee, Jim Steranko, Denny O'Neil, Peter Bagge, Herb Trimpe, Allen Bellman, Michael Uslan, Bob Camp, Larry Hama, Jamal Igle, JH Williams III, Todd Klein, Basil Gogos, Scott Snyder, Mark Waid, Shawn Martinbrough, Jay Lynch, Denis Kitchen, Mark Schultz, Rudy Nebres, Don McGregor, Ann Nocenti, Jim Salicrup, Paul Levits, Paul Kupperberg, JJ Seidelmeir, Craig Yoe, Fred Hembeck, Victor Gorelick, and many others.
While Asbury Park was a fun place at the Jersey Shore, we found many limitations to growth. Since the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, we've had to rethink our attachment to the city by the sea. East Coast Comicon has grown out of the success of Asbury Park Comicon, and will continue the spirit of the original con. The new venue in the Meadowlands enables us to offer over 300 exhibitors, a more convenient location to North Jersey and NYC, and plenty of free parking.
We'll miss Asbury Park, and look forward to our new home at the Meadowlands Exposition Center.
Crucial Entertainment, Red Bank N.J.