The next Mike Carbo’s New York Comic Book Marketplace, which was once called the Big Apple Con but isn’t any more, will be held March 31 at the usual place (Penn Pavilion), and in addition to sighting Stan Lee, you can meet a variety of old-time comics vets:
The show will host Marvel legend Stan Lee, and include over 100 booths featuring vendors selling and buying comic books, new and vintage toys, Sci-Fi, and related popular culture. An entire exhibition area “Artists Alley ” will feature dozens of prominent comic artists and celebrity guests. Many artists sign autographs and draw sketches. It is a wonderful opportunity to meet and talk to some of your favorite artists including comic book greats such as Joe Sinnott (Fantastic Four), Dick Ayers (Sgt. Fury), Carmine Infantino (The Flash), Jim Steranko (Nick Fury), Irwin Hasen (Dondi), Mike Royer (Forever People, New Gods), Arthur Suydam (Batman, Conan) , Bob McLeod (Hulk, The Phantom), Rich Buckler (Fantastic Four) , Johnny Brennan (Jerky Boys) and many more. Discover up and coming artists and independent publishers. Ethan Philips who portrayed Neelix on Star Trek ‘Voyager’ will also be in attendance greeting fans and signing autographs.
We’ve often had disparaging comments about this show’s venue—a low-ceilinged, spirit-crushing affair —but after all the talk of veteran cartoonists and what they have and haven’t earned, this IS a nice place to meet and support greats like Joe Sinnott and Mike Royer. So on that basis, attending could be a worthy activity.
If you go to the show’s website, you’ll see tons of the guests listed as creating or co-creating this or that licensed character. So yeah…that thing.
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.