On April 27, 2019, Camden Comic Con returned for its sixth year with another free event! Featuring comic creators, writers, artists, and dealers, this one day show took over the Rutgers University Camden Athletics & Fitness Center for 8 solid hours of comic con fun!
This year, guests included Walt Simonson, Louise Simonson, Larry Hama, Mark McKenna, Gerry Conway, Fred Van Lente, Mike Capprotti, and so many more comic creators! Fans were overflowing the aisles to get a spot on commissions lists and to grab limited-run art prints:
Camden Comic Con also boasted a hefty section of indie artists with original characters, self-published books, and other great unique pieces of art. Here is Tom Schloendorn with his LEGO Minifigure portraits & iconic comic book LEGO homage art prints!
Bob Burke & his art of Glowmania had a very special booth showcasing his many hand-painted glow-in-the-dark pop culture canvases. He also had glow-in-the-dark magnets available as well:
Many more creators could be found with custom clay figures, pillows, and even 3D printed sculptures by Muckychris! But I was excited to stop by Studio MA-EN’s booth for their special Star Wars Day prints & cards. Enrique Lopez and Marimar Lopez specially pre-released these prints at Camden Comic Con, prior to May The 4th (Be With You).
But with Avengers: Endgame releasing this past weekend and crushing box office records, one of the art highlights at Camden Comic Con was Townsend Art Studio’s black & white Thanos portrait! This is a beautiful, one-of-a-kind piece and was for sale at the show!
And, of course, aside from the fantastic selection of comic books for sale throughout the show floor, there were all kinds of other collectibles available like action figures, trading cards, sports collectibles, and Funko Pops!
I saw tons of people walking away with bags & bags filled with the great deals they were able to score all day. Many vendors were even offering bulk discounts:
And with a jam-packed schedule of programming from drawing workshops, photo ops, video gaming, cosplay contest, and panels, to even a row of assorted food trucks lined up outside the Center, you’re bound to spend most of your day in the presence of fellow comic con enthusiasts!
One of the best parts about Camden Comic Con was that despite the constant foot traffic throughout the floor, you’re still able to have personal discussions with your favorite artists & creators. This is the perfect time to bring up your burning questions about specific comic book issues or artwork, and to be able to pick the brains of some of the best in the industry! I was able to have a great conversation with Mike Cappriotti about his recent digital artwork and being able to work with Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld on a regular basis.
Camden Comic Con is certainly a force to be reckoned with! There was never a dull moment and a lot of amazing talent was present this year. And with year number 7 along the way, it will definitely be a convention that should be checked out in 2020! Be sure to find out more information on Camden Comic Con on their website, check out my full photo gallery online, and a quick video below: