After doing my week of comic blogs, I heard about the second annual Asbury Park Comic Convention. It seemed like a total win. It’s not that far of a drive, sounded like a small personal venue, and I might be able to find some really inexpensive items with an even cheaper admission fee.
I’ve been to smaller conventions (cons) that were located in a church basement or auditorium. However a bowling alley was a first for me.
My friends and I left early in the morning to check it out, but it was nice knowing I could get a beer whenever I wanted one. Besides that though, I wasn’t sure what to honestly expect between the crowd and exhibitors.
I was just going on an assumption and hope of having a good time. Then I had a gut feeling that this was going to be fun.
While waiting to enter the bowling alley, the conversations I had with total strangers consisted of the best ways to mix alcohol, to how awesome my Teenage Mutant Ghost Busters shit was. Then, the second I finished my giant iced coffee, they let us in.
After a mad dash to the bathroom from drinking a big gulp sized iced coffee, I hit the floor.
Everybody was super nice, helpful and overall just great to do business with. The items I picked up were...
A good chunk of Frank Miller's Daredevil run, Daredevil: Reborn hardcover & Ghostbusters Minimates
Courtesy of The Comic Book Shop @
An original piece of Mirage Comics Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Artwork. BTW – If anyone could tell me which issue it’s from that would just make you awesome!!!
Courtesy of Gary Fields @ http://garyfieldsstudios.blogspot.com/
The Wonder City Vol.1 trade paperback
Courtesy of ‘The Wonder City’ @
Vector style cinema Daredevil poster
Courtesy of Artist Jason Quinones @ http://jasonquinones.deviantart.com/
- Extremely bearable. In no way did I feel like a sardine stuck in a can. More importantly – it didn’t have that hot B/O smell you usually get from big crowds.
- Very helpful and kind. I didn’t see them too often (due to the fact my head was buried in long boxes). When I did though, they were either laughing with guests, or helping them find something.
Size of Con: 5
- It was a nice small crowd, which honestly, is the main reason I wanted to visit. I just wish they had one or two more vendors/stores there selling comics. Otherwise – no complaints
Vendor quality: 9
- Nice assortment of Indy comics, mainstream, toys, artwork, guests & just random/surprising good stuff.
Getting in/out: 9
- Easy to get there from the Garden State Parkway. Had no trouble getting in and out of the place. FYI – as a visitor there’s no reason for us or anyone to pay for the $10 parking. After two or three hours you’re just about done with the place.
- Simply put, this was pretty bad ass. It was in an old school bowling alley, and fits the backdrop of Asbury Park perfectly. As I said earlier it was a different change of pace, and just unique.
Worth Time: OH HELL MUTHA FUCKIN’ YEAH!!!
- Admission was $7 and I was there for probably 2 ½ hours. Way I see it; much cheaper than a movie, and the same amount of fun. I spent my con budget spread out around 1 ½ hours, and still had fun walking/talking with people. An overall great experience. Again, the only critique I can say is that I wish they had more comic store vendors, and that I didn’t pay for a full day’s worth of parking.
So when the third annual Asbury Park Comic Con comes around…make sure to get your tickets and expect to buy a lot of cool stuff.