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The Big Apple Con

Author Frank Patz

The Big Apple Con

The Convention world has certainly become a busy one. The summer months were usually the only time Conventions came around, but now, with so many all over the country, the convention calendar has certainly become year round.

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The only thing is, with so many of these big Conventions going on, one would think that a metropolis like New York City should be home to one of these bigger Conventions as well. (Why not?) But various venue restrictions have made many shy away from running a show in good ole' NYC. Fortunately, for the past 10 years, there has been a group keeping the Comic Book Convention alive in NYC. The Big Apple Convention!

The Big Apple Convention started in 1995. (Picking up the pieces left by former convention promoter Fred Greenberg) When they started their own Conventions at a church auditorium in Columbus circle after a major show (Promoted by Greenberg) was cancelled on the same day of the event. After a few years, attendance grew and they needed a bigger venue, so they moved up to the Penn Plaza Pavilion. The Pavilion is a huge space across the street from Penn station, and the Big Apple Show is getting bigger and bigger with each event!

Run by one of the comic book industry's most charismatic individuals, The "Comic Book King" Michael Cabonaro, the Big Apple Show is a fun show to attend and has a little something for everyone; If you are a fan of movies, there are a number of DVD vendors selling all types of Movies, cartoons, old TV shows and Fan Films. If you are a fan of Toys and Statues, there are various vendors selling all the newest and even vintage items. If you collect Autographs, there are a number of celebrities at the con signing and talking about the great shows that the fans love and they were made famous from. If you are a fan of Comic Books then you will be really happy, as there are Comic Books all over the place!! (This after all is a COMIC BOOK Convention)

A number of Comic Book vendors are here selling all the newest and even the rarest of Comic Books. Need Action Comics #1 or Amazing Fantasy #15? I bet you can find them here! They even have an huge "Artists alley" and with the 2 major Comic Book companies based in the area, you can be sure to find most of the major artists here as well as some new up and coming artists. Eternal Collector attends all their shows and is currently working on some cool panels for the next show.

So, if you live in New York City area (or even near it) you should definitely check out the Big Apple Convention. Keep a look out on Eternal Collector for news on their upcoming shows. You are guaranteed a fun time!

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