White Plains ComicFest has finally made its comeback and took over the Galleria at White Plains mall on May 7, 2022! After a short hiatus during the pandemic, the absolutely free-to-attend family-friendly comic book event returned to the Food Court level as well as the lower level for all-day comic book & pop culture fun.
Brought to you by the White Plains Cares Coalition and the City of White Plains Youth Bureau, this year’s White Plains ComicFest featured dozens of artists & vendors that you would find at a full-size convention. It’s definitely a great introduction for younger crowds and being in the mall makes it extremely accessible! And since WPCF lined up with Free Comic Book Day this year, some artists & vendors were even offering some giveaways and freebies to lucky attendees!
Comic book artists like Keith Williams, Will Torres, and Alex Rivera were on-site selling art, prints, and their original works. And since the event ran from 11am-6pm, there were plenty of opportunities to commission them for custom drawings to take home that very day! Plus an appearance by Archie Comics Co-CEO Nancy Silberkleit and local artists Ray Felix, Geeknami, Wavestore, and more!
Meanwhile, vendors were selling action figures, statues, apparel, and of course comic books (bargain bins, key issues, and graded & signed books too)! On top of all of that, the 501st Legion brought their best Star Wars cosplayers, New York Empire Saber Guild had lightsaber demonstrations, Edge VR was set up with a full-on virtual reality experience, and the Kids Zone was full of face painting, balloon animals, and drawing lessons.
All in all, if you’re looking for a laid back comic book show or simply a way to ease your family into one, White Plains ComicFest is the place to be! With so much art, activities, and ways to get plugged into reading & drawing, there’s something fun for all ages. Stay tuned for the 2023 event and in the meantime, here’s a quick look back at the show: