This weekend it’s the very first Ace Comic Con! This new concept in comic cons is courtesy of the Shamus Brothers, Stephen and Gareb, and offers an “in the round” experience at the Nassau Coliseum, with a guest line up that consists of the entire Justice League, minus Affleck. The programming includes lots of comics content, and Geoff Boucher, late of Hero Complex, has been enlisted to to handle the big talent on stage interviews, a good choice. They have three days of kids programming and a decent slate of comics guests, including Scott Snyder, Afua Richardson and Colleen Doran.
The timing shows why December in the northeast isn’t optimal for a big event however, as it’s predicted to snow tomorrow, although only a few inches. Seasonal!
This morning, an ACE staffer gave us a tour of the venue:
The celebrities are all on board, with a ‘stached Henry Cavill promoting a scavenger hunt, perhaps to find his upper missing lip:
I have to say, as I quiet the flutters of my heart, in addition to being too handsome to be human, doesn’t Henry Cavill seem like a genuinely nice person? He’s been quite generous with promoting the comics the media he appears in stemmed from, and I’ve never heard a bad word about him.
There’s also a con exclusive Justice League variant by Greg Horn, memba him?
The guest list also includes The Undertaker – in an EXTREMELY rare appearance – and the Hardy Boys but Friday only.
Sadly, Jon Bernthal’s appearance has been cancelled because he had to evacuate his house.
Due to the tragic wildfires in Southern California unfortunately Jon Bernthal is forced to cancel both of his appearances this weekend at ACE Comic Con and Walker Stalker NJ. Our hearts go out to Jon and his family as they deal with this tragedy. I can't imagine what they are going through right now and as much as he hates to disappoint his fans family always comes first. Here is a statement from Jon: Due to the wildfires in Ventura canyon my family was forced to evacuate with no determined time in which it would be safe to return. I hate to miss the event but I need to be with my family during this time. #jonbernthal #thepunisher #walkerstalkercon #acecomiccon #conventionallstars
Good thoughts to him and all those affected by the horrific fires.
The big headline for Ace is the price of a group photo with the whole Justice League cast. That opportunity sold out, so I can’t confirm the price but I seem to recall it was upwards of $500. Whatever it was, it sold out, so, a success even with Justice League failing to perform as hoped.
The Beat will be on the scene at ACE, and at the next event, planned for January 13-15 in Phoenix, with a lineup of Marvel heavy hitters.
It should be noted that during the Shamus era at Wizard World – which they founded – there was a growing tendency to have “noisy” show floors with events taking place right next to booths and so on. This “con in the round” concept is the penultimate evolution of that idea and it might be hell…or it might be a whole new take on cons. We’ll be there to let you know how it goes!
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.