It was to be a big weekend for Stan Lee at the Big Apple Con. In addition to his usual signings and VIP meetups he was to have officiated at the wedding of showrunner Michael Carbonaro and model Nina Martinez. However a health issue has forced the 94-year-old icon to bow out, as announced on Instagram and elsewhere.
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT!!! Big Apple Comic Con has just been informed that due to health issues Stan Lee will NOTbe appearing at the convention Saturday March 11th or Sunday March 12th. Stan keeps to an amazing schedule and it seems to have taken its toll. We are terribly sorry for any inconvenience but the show must go on. We are going to have a tremendous weekend loaded with great guests, exhibitors and events. For those wanting to purchase items autographed by Stan, the Stan Lee Collectibles booth will be in hand with a variety of signed items. Let's all wish Stan well and party like you know he wants us to! OUR REFUND POLICY: No refunds on admission tickets, but refunds/exchanges are available for those who purchased Stan Lee's autograph, photo ops, or the Swag Bag #bigapplecon #bigapplecc #StanLee #stanleebigapple #comiccon #comiccreators #badnews #convention #marvel
As we’ve noted here, many times Stan is certainly the world’s most energetic nonagenarian, and he keeps a grueling schedule that would tax people half or even a third his age. He was mixing it up with Todd McFarlane at ECC just last weekend. That he mises a show here and there is not as surpsiing as the fact that he keeps the schedule that he does.
So get well soon, Stan. Mazel tov, Mike and Nina!
The Big Apple Con won’t be without star power however. Jim Lee has stepped in as a last minute surprise guest:
YET ANOTHER GREAT NEW GUEST ANNOUNCEMENT!!! JIM LEE!!! DC Comics' co-publisher and amazing artist in his own right! Jim is literally flying out to spend THREE hours on Saturday signing for fans. Please, no sketches. He will be there signing on Saturday ONLY from 10:30-1:30. Do not miss this super rare opportunity to meet a legend of the comics world!
The rest of the show is perhaps one of the most eclectic guest lists of all times, with everyone from Frank Miller to Barbara Eden to Mike Diana to Nancy Silberkleit to Jon Bernthal to The Amazing Kreskin.
Talk about the range of pop culture!
And for those who want to see the rest of this wacky guest list, the Big Apple Con takes place at the Penn Plaza Pavillon opposite Penn Station both Saturday and Sunday.
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.