Posted at 10:00 AM Jan 27, 2010By Jill Pantozzi
You've heard of "event fatigue" in comics? Well prepare yourself for "convention fatigue." This week Gareb Shamus, CEO of Wizard Entertainment, announced his NINTH convention for 2010. The NJCCWWC (good god) will be landing at the New Jersey Convention & Exposition Center October 15-17. "Much of my family lives or has lived in the Garden State," Shamus said, "All my hometown friends there were bugging me to do this for them and their kids." ORLY? Because it's so hard to make that short train ride into New York City ONE WEEK earlier for the bigger and better New York Comic Con produced by Reed Exhibitions? I know I'm exhausted just thinking about it. Trains are such a drag.
Maybe I'm wrong. Do smaller shows with less industry presence really appeal to a lot of people? I know the big shows can get crowded, but if I'm going to a con, it's to see my favorite comic creators, not sift through the quarter bins or get autographs from reality stars. I'm looking at you Jersey Shore cast. According to the press release, "New Jersey Comic Con fans can expect a family entertainment-focused event with a concentration on comics, games and toys, while all aspects of pop-culture will be represented." How awesome is Snookie going to look dressed up in a store-bought Wonder Woman outfit? Now, I know this doesn't have anything to do with the con itself, but I couldn't forgive myself if I didn't point out that the NJ Expo Center has been home to many a porn convention. Just sayin'.
Above all, does the Garden State really need a show that's a watered-down version of Wizard's Big Apple con the previous weekend? Shamus thinks so, "Launching this event is exciting because it gives our fans in New Jersey a show to call their own." As a resident, may I just say, New Jersey is famous for lots of things (delicious hot dogs are another!), and I think we're cool with what we've got already. It's safe to say I won't be attending NJCCWWC (I hate you). Unless of course, they decide to have me as a guest. In which case, I'm all yours.