OC CON 2019 Registration is now OPEN for Artists and Cosplayers!


Locally Sourced × Crafted with Love





See you

April 6th and 7th, 2019!





Ocean City Music Pier

825 Boardwalk

Ocean City, NJ 08226


Event Hours

Saturday, April 6th

10 am - 5 pm

Sunday, April 7th

10 am - 4 pm    

Stay tuned for 2019 Information!



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General Admission Tickets

Tickets will go on sale June 7th.

ADULT: $20 for 3 days;

$15 for 2 days; $10 for 1 day

CHILD: $10 for 3 days;

$8 for 2 days; $5 for 1 day


Special Guest Tickets

Tickets will go on sale June 7th.

Giancarlo Esposito (Thursday Only)

Photo: $15

Autograph: $15

Both Photo and Autograph: $20

Titus Welliver (Saturday Only)

Photo: $15

Autograph: $15

BOTH Photo and Autograph: $20

Photos via Froggy's Photos

Reprints: $10

JPGs: $10

Combined Reprint & JPG of same photo: $15


Registration open!

1-Mile Run

Adult: $15 ($20 day of)

Kids (12 & under): $10

Includes General Admission for Saturday, June 30 and OC CON Super Hero T-Shirt

Super Hero Obstacle Dash

Kids (12 & under): $10

Includes General Admission for Saturday, June 30 and OC CON Super Hero T-Shirt


Stay tuned for 2019 SCHEDULE!


Thursday, June 28th*

  • OC Con hours: 5pm-9pm

    • 5pm-9pm: Cosplay Contest Registration.

      • Show off your costume and compete for a chance to win prizes! Register at the Library table in Artists Alley. Entry is free! All ages welcome.

    • 6pm-6:45pm: Q&A with Giancarlo Esposito (included with admission)

    • 7pm-7:30pm: Photo Session with Giancarlo Esposito

      • Music Pier Stage

      • Separate Ticket Required (See Box Office for Tickets)

    • 7:30pm-8:30pm: Autograph Session with Giancarlo Esposito

      • Music Pier Stage

      • Separate Ticket Required (See Box Office for Tickets)

Friday, June 29th* 

  • OC Con hours 10am-9pm

    • Portfolio Reviews: Artists Paris Cullins & Bob Petrecca will be available for portfolio reviews. Please see artist for available times.

    • 10am-9pm: Cosplay Contest Registration

      • Show off your costume and compete for a chance to win prizes! Register at the Library table in Artists Alley. Entry is free! All ages welcome.

    • 10am-5pm: Video Games at the Stage

    • 10am-5pm: Race/Obstacle Course registration (Under loggia)

    • 11am-1pm: Ghost Hunters signing at table

    • 11am: Crafts (Under loggia)

    • 2pm: Crafts (Under loggia)

    • 3pm: Comic Books Today vs Yesterday Discussion Panel - Comic book veterans Paris Cullins & Bob Petrecca discus the various changes that have happened in the comic world, for better and worse.

    • 3pm-5pm Ghost Hunters signing at table

    • 4pm: Crafts (Under loggia)

    • 6pm: Ghost Hunters Presentation

      • Steve Gonsalves and Dave Tango will present a behind the scenes look at their past investigations and answer questions from fans!

      • Included with admission.

Saturday, June 30th*

  • 9am: Super Hero Run (6th Street Civic Center, Carey Stadium Track)

    • Check-in 8am-8:45am

    • Registration required

    • Day of registration will be at 6th Street

  • 10am: Super Hero Obstacle Dash (3-12 Years) (6th Street Civic Center, Carey Stadium Track (About 100 Yards)

    • Check-in 9:15am-9:45am

    • Registration required

    • Day of registration will be at 6th Street

  • OC Con hours 10am-9pm

    • Portfolio Reviews: Artists Paris Cullins & Bob Petrecca will be available for portfolio reviews. Please see artist for available times.

    • 10am-7pm: Cosplay Contest Registration

      • Show off your costume and compete for a chance to win prizes! Register at the Library table in Artists Alley. Entry is free! All ages welcome.

    • 10am-4pm: Video Games

    • 11am: Crafts (Under loggia)

    • 2pm: Crafts (Under loggia)

    • 3pm: Cosplay for Everyone Discussion Panel - Join cosplayers Lady J, Shannon Noelle Cosplay, and Carter Cosplay as they talk Cosplay 101, Cospositivity, and Cosplay on a Dime.

    • 4pm: Crafts (Under loggia)

    • 5pm-5:45pm: Q&A with Titus Welliver (included with admission)

    • 6pm-6:30pm: Photo Session with Titus Welliver

      • Music Pier Stage

      • Separate Ticket Required (See Box Office for Tickets)

    • 6:30pm-7:30pm: Autograph Session with Titus Welliver

      • Music Pier Stage

      • Separate Ticket Required (See Box Office for Tickets)

    • 8pm: Cosplay Contest

      • Music Pier Stage

      • Registration required.


*Schedule subject to change

Stay tuned for 2019 guests!

2018 Special Guests

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(Thursday Only)

Giancarlo Esposito is a celebrated film, television and stage actor, as well as a director and producer with a career spanning nearly five decades.

Most recently celebrated for his role as the infamous drug kingpin, Gus Fring, on AMC’s hit prequel series, “Better Call Saul.”  He earned an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series and won the Critics' Choice TV Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for originally portraying the iconic role on the acclaimed TV series, “Breaking Bad.”

Esposito was seen on the big screen recently co-starring in director Bong Joon-Ho’s sci-fi film, “Okja,” alongside Jake Gyllenhaal, Tilda Swinton and Paul Dano, among others, and in “Maze Runner: The Death Cure,” returning to the role he first played in 20th Century Fox’s “Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials.” He just finished production on Steven C. Miller’s independent film “Live!”

As a director, Esposito’s second feature, “This is Your Death,” is a drama which focuses on a disturbing reality game show in which contestants end their lives for viewer entertainment.  He also stars in the film along with Josh Duhamel, Famke Janssen and Sarah Wayne Callies. He made his feature film directorial debut with "Gospel Hill," which won multiple awards on the film festival circuit, including the Jury Award at the Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival and the Rosetta Miller Perry Award at the Nashville Film Festival.  Esposito co-starred in this film, as well, alongside Danny Glover, Angela Bassett, Julia Stiles, Taylor Kitsch and Samuel L. Jackson.

On television, Esposito was most recently seen in the Netflix series, “The Get Down,” Baz Luhrmann’s look at the birth of hip hop in New York in the 1970s. The second half of season one is expected to premiere on Netflix in spring 2017.  Other recent television credits include a recurring role on “Once Upon a Time” and a starring role on NBC’s “Revolution” for Executive Producer J.J. Abrams.  Esposito is also well known for his roles on “Homicide: Life on the Street” and guest-starring appearances on shows such as “Community,” "Law and Order," “CSI: Miami”, “NYPD Blue” and “New York Undercover,” among many others. He can next be seen on Cinemax’s “Jett,” which is currently in production this summer.

On film, Esposito is perhaps best known for his memorable performances in films such as "The Usual Suspects," for which he shared an NBR Award for Best Acting by an Ensemble, “Rabbit Hole,” "Smoke,” “Blue in the Face” and Spike Lee’s "Do the Right Thing," “School Daze” and "Malcolm X.”  Additional film credits include “Alex Cross,” “Ali,” "Bob Roberts," "King of New York,” "Cotton Club,” “Piñero,” “Twilight,” the independent film, “Fresh,” for which he earned an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Supporting Male, and “Money Monster,” opposite George Clooney and Julia Roberts.

Esposito has lent his voice to a number of animated projects, most recently as ‘Akela,’ leader of the wolf pack, in Jon Favreau’s “The Jungle Book” for Disney.  He can also be heard in “Batman: Assault on Arkham” and “Son of Batman.”

Also an accomplished stage actor, Esposito has earned acclaim appearing in a number of productions on Broadway and beyond.  He earned a 1981 Theatre World Award and an Obie Award for his performance in the Negro Ensemble Company of "Zooman and The Sign" and another Obie and a 1992 Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play for his leading role in “Distant Fires” for Atlantic Theater Company, where he continues to perform and teach as a company member. He shared a 1985 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Ensemble Acting for his performance in “Balm in Gilead” for the Circle Repertory and Steppenwolf Theatre Companies.  Additional Broadway credits include Debbie Allen’s 2008 production of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” in which he appeared opposite James Earl Jones, Terrence Howard and Phylicia Rashad, and productions of "Sacrilege," "Merrily We Roll Along” and "Lost in The Stars.”  Off-Broadway credits include Atlantic Theater Company’s 2012 world premiere production of “Storefront Church,” from John Patrick Shanley, as well as “Trafficking in Broken Hearts” and “The Root.”

Esposito lends his support to various charitable organizations to support arts and education, including the Waterkeeper Alliance, Kids for Peace & World Merit USA.

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Meet Steve Gonsalves and Dave Tango from Syfy Channel's hit shows GHOST HUNTERS and GHOST HUNTERS ACADEMY!

FREE Meet & Greet all day! 

Join us in the evening for an interactive live presentation (included with your General Admission ticket). Steve and Dave will talk about their experiences both on and off camera, sharing some of their favorite paranormal investigations, evidence and stories from their travels with the audience. This presentation will include a Q&A session with the audience, so have your questions ready!


For well over a decade Steve Gonsalves has been appearing weekly on television sets across the world, known best for starring in Syfy channel's hit shows Ghost HuntersGhost Hunters Live and Ghost Hunters AcademyGhost Hunters airs in 170 countries and has been one of Syfy's top rated television shows for over ten years. Steve has also been a featured guest on numerous internationally syndicated television shows and radio programs including The View, Fox and Friends, Steve Harvey, Larry King, Fox News and Katie Couric.  He can be seen in Syfy's Destination Truth and has executive produced the horror short; The Captured Bird, alongside famed writer/director Guillermo Del Toro. Steve is also the co-founder of TAPS Paramagazine, the wildly popular paranormal themed magazine available at bookstores everywhere. 

Steve started his work in paranormal studies at a very young age and is well educated in the field, having investigated over 1,000 reportedly haunted locations. Steve had the privilege of working closely with famed investigator and paranormal pioneer Dr. William G Roll (Poltergeist) at the Rhine Research Center.  Steve, who has been referred to as a paranormal pioneer himself, helped to pave the way for a worldwide paranormal explosion widely credited to Ghost Hunters, Steve and his fellow cast mates. It's evident that Steve loves what he does, and you can see this in his time on stage and at public appearances connecting with his fans, enthusiasts and fellow geeks of all things strange and unexplained. 


Dave Tango is best known as an investigator and tech manager on Syfy Channel's hit show Ghost Hunters. Dave also co-starred with Steve in the hit show Ghost Hunters Academy, where he used his knowledge of gadgets, techniques, and love of experimentation to help the cadets strive for a potential spot on the TAPS team. 

Dave – better known as Tango – has been investigating the paranormal since childhood. He was first inspired by the unexplained encounters his father experienced while working as a police officer. 

At the age of 19, Tango joined the group TAPS, where he was taught by the best, and he’s yet to look back. 

Tango’s ghost-hunting philosophy is to never be afraid to try new techniques, and always experiment in the field. Aside from anticipating his next authentic supernatural experience, Tango gets a rush from finding logical answers to the seemingly illogical questions of the paranormal.

Tango always enjoys a good challenge too. Knowing this, Steve famously bets Dave to do some of the strangest things possible during their investigations. This attribute of Dave's is one of the many reason audiences love him. His genuineness, curiosity, and positivity bring audiences even closer to the TV screen. There's always something a viewer can relate to with Tango, and together, he and Steve radiate a warmth and authenticity unmatched anywhere else on TV. Dave is not an act, and the audience undoubtedly notices and loves this about him. It's also what has made him one of the leading paranormal experts in the world.

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(Saturday only)

Titus Welliver is a veteran of film, television, and theater. Streaming on Amazon Prime Video, the hit series Bosch stars Welliver as the tough but damaged LAPD detective Harry Bosch. Based on Michael Connelly’s best selling crime series now numbering twenty-one novels, Bosch was the first hour-long drama produced by Amazon. Welliver recently wrapped shooting season 4, and due to the show’s strong fan base, Bosch has already been picked up for season 5.

The son of a famous landscape artist Neil Welliver and fashion illustrator Norma Cripps, Welliver originally pursued painting at art school but eventually fell in love with acting and the theater. Welliver’s theater credits include David Mamet’s production of American Buffalo, as well as performances in Naked at the Coast Theater and Shakespeare’s Henry IV. Welliver has also appeared in Riff Raff, written and directed by Laurence Fishburne, which was performed at Circle in the Square Downtown in New York City.

Welliver has also enjoyed a successful collaboration with legendary television producer David Milch, appearing in several of Milch's shows, including the critically acclaimed HBO episodic, Deadwood. Some fans will always connect Welliver with his portrayal of “The Man in Black,” in the cult favorite ABC series Lost. Welliver also notably played the part of Glenn Childs, Julianne Marguiles’ foil in The Good Wife, and, as the very dangerous Jimmy O’Phelan in Sons of Anarchy. Welliver’s other television credits are too numerous to list but include Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.Suits, The Last Ship, The Mentalist, and Chicago PD.

Welliver has been in every one of actor/director Ben Affleck’s big-screen, directorial outings, including Gone Baby GoneThe TownLive By Night, and Argo. In addition, he has given extremely memorable performances in Michael Bay’s Transformers 4: Age of Existence and as Frances McDormand’s love interest in Gus Van Sant’s Promised Land. In 2018, Welliver will next be seen in the reboot of the 1970’s action classic, Shaft, opposite Samuel L. Jackson.



2018 Artists

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Douglas Beckert

Douglas Beckert started his "outdoor" art career in the underground of South Philadelphia in the 1970's and was an original participant for the movement to legitimize graffiti artists into appreciated mural painters. Douglas has painted many large murals in Philadelphia, Wildwood and Ocean City, NJ. His first love is comics and he has been collecting and drawing them for over 45 years. Doug published his first comic 3 years ago, "Hula Huia", and is working on new titles and issues for publication, including "Icy Death Frog." Mr. Beckert has degrees in Art and Photography from Penn State, University of Pennsylvania, and Stockton University.



Steve has been drawing since Pokemon came out in 1996. He would get the drawing books and his favorite part was creating his own Pokemon. He would use up all the computer paper at home for his drawings. His mom got tired of him stealing all the printer paper and got him a drawing book. After that, his drawings took off. His grandmother would show off his work at the art history museum in DC where she worked, and was always his biggest supporter. Once he got into middle school, he got into painting and started doing abstract work. Now he mostly does comic book art with both marker and paint as his medium.



Michael S Bracco is a graphic novel author and illustrator of The Creators, the award-winning Novo series, and Adam Wreck and the Kalosian Space Pirates. Along with his comic work, Michael owns and operates Spaghetti Kiss, a craft company showcasing hand-screened apparel for men and women featuring his original science fiction and fantasy illustration. Michael is also a cast member for the performance art group, Super Art Fight.


Eric Cooper

Eric is a Sci-Fi/Superhero author from New Jersey with a series of published books called Knight Seeker that take place in the modern Tri-State metropolitan area. Knight Seeker is an up to date cutting edge superhero character that takes the readers and fans on a heart pumping adrenaline rush of excitement and adventure. The comics and novels are a must read for any fans of Sci-Fi and Superheroes. The next series of books has just started with his new release called Star Enforcers which are a mixture of Star Wars and Star Trek philosophies, it is a most read for either fans. Co-writer Miles Simon. Eric himself enjoys his time at comic book conventions and doing discussion panels on the future of comics and novels. He also enjoys wearing costumes of his characters from the books that he writes. If you're looking for some new spice in your world of comics and novels then Eric M. Cooper is the guy to go visit at any convention. 



Paris Cullins is a master penciler who started his professional career in 1979, always knowing from a child this is who he was going to be. He drew primarily for DC Comics, most known for his work on The Blue Devil, The Blue Beetle, Forever People miniseries, and his rendition of Jack Kirby's New Gods and Wonder Woman series. Paris has pretty much worked for everyone in the industry: Marvel Comics, Image Comics, Archie, Harvey, Nintendo, Defiant, Atari, and Tundra...illustrating comic covers, card art, game packaging, storyboards, and toy design.

Most recently, Paris is working on a web comic for his long-awaited character Marcus Arena, in addition to creating comic series The New Devil and The Afro Punks with several independent comic book companies. 

Now taking advanced commissions.

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He has been a fixture in comics since 1978 with credits including Marvel, DC, Big Bang, Image, Heavy Metal and more. His film work includes the original Heavy Metal film, 'Spider-Man 2 & 3″, Captain America, the Avengers, and season 1 of The Walking Dead... as well as a few horror films. In the past few years, Gilligan rejoined the sketch card arena and has provided cards for Upper Deck, Breygent Marketing, Cryptozoic Entertainment, Cult-Stuf, and many others, including producing a variety of card sets for the Mac and Trouble comic book, being released this year. Gilligan has worked on such licenses as: Dr Who, Night of the Living Dead, Planet of the Apes, Vampirella, Dracula, Sherlock Holmes... also: Marvel and DC trading cards, MLB and NFL, and more. Currently, The Adventures of Mac and Trouble can be seen in comic books, a news strip for publications and newspapers, and soon a online feature.



Mackenzie is 15 years old.. She attended Brony Con this past summer as a guest artist. She is also working on her first coloring book and a comic story. 








Freelance Artist, Garland Holloman is on a mission. Garland calls it his ArtStar Tour, each year Garland attempts to network and reach more people with his artwork. Being an established artist, he has won the title of South Jersey's Best Graphic Artist and he is also a certified Copics Marker Designer. Garland is coming off an amazing year of doing various Comic Con appearances, hosting art nights and doing numerous commissions. Still planning his upcoming book release, Garland is an ArtStar at Artist Alley all over and hopes that you select some of his art to join your collection. Garland Holloman is a motivated and inspiring artist. He has won multiple art awards, certified in Graphic Design & Print, also earned my Bachelor of Science Degree in Media Arts & Animation. With over several years doing freelance work, as time continues his work is always improving with time. He has been blessed to work with a few celebrities doing branding art and caricatures.



It started at the age of 3, while illustrating Spider-Man on the back of an uncolored page from a coloring book. Since then, Philip McNulty has been bringing his 90's comics influenced style into such outlets like William Shatner's Man O War, Kevin Smith's SModCo. Cartoon show, and Marvel's X-Men. Quite Simply, Philip McNulty is an animator, illustrator, and comic book geek.




Oliver Mertz and Mike Isenberg are the creators of the sci-fi horror adventure comic book series First Law of Mad Science. They are also contributing writers to the New York Times best-selling historical zombie anthology series FUBAR.



Bob Petrecca started his comics career in-house at Marvel Comics as one of John Romita's Raiders in 1990 and has since freelanced his abilities on titles such as Captain America, Thor, Doctor Strange, Toxic Crusader, Hyperkind (with Paris Cullins), What If, Spider-Man, and Wraitheart. Also for DC Comics: JLA, Aquaman, Action Comics, Batman Confidential, Batman/Superman, Birds of Prey, Green Lantern, Justice League Unlimited, and even Scooby Doo (also with Paris Cullins!)

Bob has also brought his abilities to Upper Deck where he has done full color Marvel art, as well as paintings for Fox's "Firefly: the Verse" 10th anniversary card set and the "Firefly Legendary" card game.

Currently, he is hard at work on another batch of cards for Marvel/Upper Deck as well as bringing to life a very special comics adaptation to rock band The Dear Hunter's album: "Act II: The Meaning Of And All Things Regarding Ms. Leading."



After time well spent at both the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art and the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), Luke Petrecca is hitting the ground running with work for Upper Deck, The Dear Hunter, and this year's OC Con limited edition shirt!



Neil has been telling stories in comic books professionally now for just over 33 years - In 1984 he was assigned the Japanese cartoon based Robotech series for Comico Comics. This led to Neil co-creating "Eagle" with his partner, Rich Rankin. Neil and Rich self-published Eagle for several years through their own label, Crystal Comics.

 As time went on, Neil was lucky to have gotten work in the mainstream books, including: "Superman Adventures", "Tarzan the Warrior", "Untold Tales of Spider-Man", "Strange Encounters", "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles", "Jonny Demon", "Teenagents", "Congorilla", "Ninjak", "Parliament of Justice", "The Black Forest 1 & 2" (Bob Tinnell, Todd Livingston, and Neil won Rondo Awards for both volumes), "The Wicked West 1 & 2", "Flesh & Blood" (Bob and Neil won a "Ghastly Award" for Best Original Graphic Novel), and "Doctor Strange: From The Marvel Vault #1".
Neil has left out quite a few due to space and humility.....well, OK, just space.

Neil also did chapter illustrations for two film books: "In All Sincerity, Peter Cushing" by Chris Gullo, and "Vincent Price: The Art of Fear" by Denis Meikle.

Vokes has recently finished new "Eagle" and "Death's Dark Angel" books, along with "Dark Tales from the Vokesverse" (among others) with writer Jack Herman through the American Mythology company.




2018 Vendors

Leigh Bush - Pop Culture

Frederick Defeo - Pencil Art Comic Book Characters

Claudina Glasser - Handmade Super Hero Jewelry

Ed Goehringer - Tin Signs

Heather Johnson - Comic/Horror Genre

Sarah Keane - Commissioned Artwork Drawn On-Site

Travis Lerol - Board Games, Card Games, Wargaming Miniatures

Redonkulous Entertainment - Comic Books

Tina Marie - Fanart, Print Work

Austin Miorelli - Comic Books and Trading Cards

Theodore Pannullo - Comics, Magazines, Posters

Derek Woywood - Comics, Pokemon Cards


Registration Opens February 1st, 2019


2018 Appearances by:

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Shannon Noelle Cosplay

Shannon Noelle Cosplay

Calling all Autobots!
Come check out the world’s first fan-built replica of Optimus Prime®!

(© 1984 Hasbro, Inc., used with permission. OPTIMUS PRIME® is a registered trademark of Hasbro, Inc., used with permission.)

Appearing Friday and Saturday from 1pm-9pm!

World’s 1st and only fan-built replica of Optimus Prime from Transformers: Age of Extinction! This truck is a 2017 Western Star 5700XE that was converted to become the world’s first fan-built replica of the Optimus Prime® vehicle seen in Transformers: Age Of Extinction and Transformers: The Last Knight. It was built over the course of 2016 by a middle-income father who wanted to inspire his son that even the most impossible dreams can come true with hard work and determination. And everything was done from photos and videos the owner located on the internet. No detailed specs of the original truck were ever provided during the build.

Hasbro granted us legal permission to assemble this replica and bring it out for fans to enjoy. This vehicle is also believed to be 1 of only 3 Optimus Prime® trucks in existence. The other two used for filming are currently owned by Daimler and Paramount.

Our replica is a very high-quality vehicle that is almost a spot-on match to the movie trucks. Virtually no one can tell the difference. It is also the only truck of the three that offers this type of “personal touch” and interactive experience for the fans.


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