According to Thomas Fiore, The New Haven Comicbook Spectacular comicbook convention was originally conceived back in 2006. It was Fiore’s initial intention to recreate the old-style local comic book shows that had sprung up everywhere around the area in the mid-to-late ‘80s in KoC halls, Church multipurpose rooms, and school gyms. His idea however was to step the concept a notch beyond what he remembered from those times so he approached the proprietor of a local store at unfortunately the show didn’t come off, but Fiore managed to stage one by himself later on that year. Well, while he didn’t have them as often as he wanted to, Fiore managed to stage shows in 2011, and two in 2013 with his latest happening just week away on June 7th, 2015
Fiore told us that he does this kind of thing out of the love of it mostly. “I grew up in the ‘80s so it’s hard not to be influenced with a lot that was going on during that time period as far as movies and TV but also with toys, cartoons, comics and video games that sprouted up along alongside too.” He went on to say that he also has a passion for collecting as well that started when he was quite young so part of this experience for him as well “The Hunt as collectors like to say, so it’s opportunity as well to meet new folks and find new stuff!” he said, “Another big reason I started doing this is because there are not many consistent running small toy & comic shows around that people that people don’t have to break the bank to attend or vend at.”
He believes that there are plenty of people out there who want to sell their stuff but are unfamiliar with online selling for one reason or another, or they simply just don’t have the time. Unfortunately, it’s been tough getting it going consistently because the location where he is currently located tends to get booked quite fast with other functions, let alone trying to schedule an event on the day of another event is quite hard now due to the glut of larger cons springing up everywhere. “I hope to get this finally running consistently this year with another fall event or at least keep it going yearly.”
Well, this Sunday’s show is back at its home base in New Haven on June 7, 2015 at the YMA Annex Hall, 554 Woodward Ave. Highlights from the show will be a very nice room with over 50 tables of comics and toys in addition to several artists selling prints and doing sketches all day. There is a DJ offering live music provided by adventure rock team High Adventure all day. There will also be an “Art Fight” that is hosted (as always) by the folks from Free Lunch Studios including artist and creator Matt Ryan. If you’ve never seen an Art Fight, it is where contestants will actually compete in a small timed sketch contest where several people at a time will draw a specific thing that Matt indicates, and the fan audience will vote on the best sketch of each round.
They will have Kevin Liell of Norse Legion on hand with original art sketch cards and selling his own original Star Wars shirts. He’ll also be selling some Star Wars licensed jewelry that he designed himself. TC Ford —who has worked for Charlton Comics in his past and now has his own independent label United Comics. Other creators fan artist Nick Palazzo. Then there is Play With This Too owned by Rik Alvarez who is a Transformers fan, collector, and seller. Legends of Superheros —a long running comic shop will be set up with everything from Golden Age to modern books and then there’s Jim Main of Main Enterprises; a dealer, creator and publisher of independent comics and fanzines. Plus there will be plenty of other dealers of comics and toys from all major publishers, manufacturers and brands from the ‘60s era to Modern era.
Fiore states that this show will be his best one yet.
Robert J. Sodaro has been writing for some 30 years. During that time, his reviews and articles have appeared in numerous print publications, as well as on the web.