welcome to oc con 2017

Locally Sourced × Crafted with Love




Join Comic Book and Memorabilia ENTHUSIASTS  at the OC CON

on april 1-2, 2017

at the historic

Ocean city music pier




Ocean City Music Pier

825 Boardwalk

Ocean City, NJ 08226


Event Hours

Saturday, April 1st 10am-5pm
Sunday, April 2nd 10am-4pm




General Admission Tickets:


Adult: $10 per day / $15 for 2 days

Kids (12 & under): $5 per day / $8 for 2 days


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Special Guest Tickets


Billy Dee Williams (Saturday Only)

Q&A: $20 ; Photo: $55 ; Autograph: $50

Seth Gilliam (Sunday Only)

Q&A: $15 ; Photo: $40 ; Autograph: $40


Registration open!

Adult: $15 ($20 day of)

Kids (12 & under): $10

Includes General Admission for Saturday, April 1st, and a t-shirt



April 1st, 2017*

  • OC Con hours: 10am-5pm
    • 10am-5pm: Cosplay Contest Registration. 
      • Show off your costume and compete for a chance to win prizes! Entry is free! All ages welcome.
    • 10am-5pm: Portfolio Review Registration
      • Get your art portfolio reviewed by established comic artists. Registration required. Limited availability. 
    • 10 am: Super Hero Run ; Registration required

    • 11 am: Super Hero Obstacle Dash (12 yrs & under) ; Registration required
    • Panel Discussion: 11-11:45am: Nerd Talk 

      • "Nerd Talk Podcast": Some of the top voices in the Online Nerd World discuss and speculate on the current and future trends in Comic Book Movies and the online Nerd community. They will be answering questions from the audience.

    • 12-12:45pm: Q&A with Billy Dee Williams (Civic Center): ; Separate ticket required for entry

    • 12:30-1:30pm: Portfolio Reviews

    • 12:30-1pm: Corellia Temple Saber Guild Training Session

      • Register at the Corellia Temple Saber Guild Table

    • 1:30pm-2pm: Billy Dee Williams Photo Session ; Separate ticket required

    • Panel Discussion 2-2:45pmInsider’s Look at the Comic Industry

      • Join legendary comic artists Paris Cullins and Bob Petrecca as they discuss the ins and outs of working in the comic industry!

    • 2pm-3:30pm: Billy Dee Williams Autograph Session ; Separate ticket required

    • 3:30pm-4:30pm: Portfolio Reviews

    • 3:30pm-4pm: Corellia Temple Saber Guild Performance

April 2nd. 2017*

  • OC Con hours 10-4pm
    • 10am-2pm: Cosplay Contest Registration
      • Show off your costume and compete for a chance to win prizes! Entry is free! All ages welcome.
    • 10am-12pm: Portfolio Review Registration
      • Get your art portfolio reviewed by established comic artists. Registration required. Limited availability. 
    • 10am-11am: Portfolio Reviews
    • 10:30-11:15am: Q&A with Seth Gilliam (Civic Center) ; Separate ticket required

    • Panel Discussion: 11:30am-12:15pm: "Beginning to Cosplay and Cospositivity"

      • This panel will discuss neat tricks on how to create great cosplays for beginners or those at intermediate sewing skill levels. Learn how to do it on a budget and how topics such as body image, anxiety, commissions vs. creating, and etc. can make a beginner nervous when there's no need to be. This panel promotes cospositivity- stressing how important it is to cosplay from the heart whoever you want, whenever you want; having acceptance for all shapes, sizes, colors, genders, and skill levels. Panelists: Lady J Cosplay and Kevin D Cosplay

    • 11:30am-12pm: Corellia Temple Saber Guild Training Session

      • Register at the Corellia Temple Saber Guild Table

    • 12-12:30pm: Seth Gilliam Photo Session ; Separate ticket required

    • 12:30pm-2pm: Seth Gilliam Autograph session ; Separate ticket required

    • 12:30pm-1:30pm: Portfolio Reviews

    • 1-1:30pm:  Corellia Temple Saber Guild Training Session

      • Register at the Corellia Temple Saber Guild Table

    • 1:30pm-2:30pm: Pop Culture Trivia

      • Test your pop culture knowledge and win prizes!

    • 3pm: Cosplay Contest ; Registration Required

*Schedule subject to change




Douglas H. Beckert

Douglas is a local Ocean City artist who is best known for his large whimsical murals like the “Flower Band” on 9th and West avenue. He is also a long time collector of silver age comics and has drawn numerous comics himself over the last 40 years. Mr. Beckert has been a fan of cosplay since his first Batman utility belt in 1969 and has designed and sewed steampunk costumes at Stockton College. His work is full of nature themes reflecting his dedication as a naturalist. Douglas will be working on his new comic “A Whale” and be creating some of the first pages during the OC ComicCon for the onlookers. 

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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.







While working as an Animator / Graphic Artist for a local gaming company, Don J. was asked by the Sundance Channel if he would like to do a weekly comic strip for their new blog. Having grown up loving movies he jumped at the chance. All he needed was an idea. One day, while arguing with a fellow co-worker in the cube next door about the latest blockbuster, it came to him and Films Vs Movies was born. The strip ran for two years until the blog ended. Now it appears every Tuesday on its own website.



Pagdon is an illustrator and fine artist from the South Jersey/Philadelphia area whose passion is science fiction and fantasy narrative paintings. He has worked mostly in the gallery scene but also works on publications in Philadelphia, like Numinous Magazine.



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!



Tom Schloendorn is a freelance inker who has done work for Imperium Comics on their flagship title "Trailer Park Of Terror" as well as working on an upcoming title. He's also done inks for Mike San Giacomo's "Phantom Jack: The Nowhere Man Agenda",and the award winning(*) "Tales From the Starlight Drive In.".

 Tom is also a senior contributor to the Inkwell Awards, which is a nonprofit dedicated to promoting and educating what inkers do in comics.

 Along with inking, Tom has also started working on Lego inspired recreations of classic and iconic comic images called "Project Mini Fig.". 



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.


Jon Mason

Original artwork, prints, & commissions

Tina Marie Marrero

Prints of fan art, & commissions

CJ Oechsle

Original artwork, prints, & self-published comics

Steve Boyes

Drawings, paintings, & prints

Matthew Neumann

Prints, original artwork, sketches, & commissions

Meet Our Vendors


Mary & Dan Campbell

Comics, graphic novels, non-sport cards & collectible books

NJ Toys and Collectibles

Action figures, statues, apparel, vintage & modern toys

Michael Blatherwick

Comic books and action figures

Ed Goehringer

Tin signs (super heroes)

Herb Stubbs

Collectibles - sports, records, coins, and comic books



Thomas Stratton

Toys: LEGO compatible, action figures & comic related items

Jeff Kostuk

Silver to modern age comic books

Theodore Pannullo

Posters, comics, magazines & view masters

R&L Comics

Golden Age to Modern comics, comic memorabilia and toys


Cinsearae S. Reiniger

Comic/gothic/steampunk-themed accessories, dolls & books

Clark Manley

Vintage toy vehicles/replicas and other collectibles

Julie Bradley

Jewelry from repurposed leathers

Redonkulous Entertainment

Comic books and t-shirts

Special Guests


Billy Dee Williams (Saturday Only)

Hollywood icon Billy Dee Williams was a long anticipated and much needed addition to the cast of heroes in the "Star Wars" universe. His considerable presence brought many viewers to the seats of the theater to see "The Empire Strikes Back" who may not have originally purchased a ticket. His overwhelming popularity and powerful performance opposite Diana Ross in the films "Mahogany" and "Lady Sings the Blues" led many women flocking to see his character, Lando Calrissian, in George Lucas' space fantasy.

 Billy Dee's career has encompassed so much, including the films "Undercover Brother", "Nighthawks", "Bingo Long" and "Bryan's Song". His introduction in the "Star Wars" trilogy allowed Billy Dee to continue his role in "Return of the Jedi"; as General Calrissian, piloting the Millennium Falcon directly into the second Death Star destroying it from within. His popularity in the fantasy Sci-Fi genre continued when he took the role of Gotham's district attorney Harvey Dent in Tim Burton's "Batman", lending his charming good looks and suave attitude to the film. Billy Dee Williams has been nominated for many industry awards including The Emmy, The Independent Spirit Award as well as winning the TV Land Award and the Image Award! Other amazing performances can be seen in the Indy film "The Visit" where he portrayed a father whose son is dying of AIDS in prison and for the same director, a film called “Constellation.

 Aside from his prestigious film career Billy Dee could also be seen on the television series "Dynasty", "18 Wheels of Justice", “Night Shift”, "Gideon’s Crossing", "LOST" and more recently has had a few unforgettable roles on series such as “NCIS", “White Collar” and "GLEE". Plus no one will forget his smooth voice and cool attitude as the official spokesman in the commercials for COLT 45 malt liquor.... "It works every time."

Billy Dee has a lighter side from serious acting and is "cool" poking fun at himself! Never afraid to laugh at himself, he has appeared as "himself" on "The Jeffersons", “Scrubs”, “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and “Modern Family".

 Billy Dee has kept the character of Lando Calrissian alive for all his "Star Wars" fans! He has voiced the character for numerous incarnations of video games and a Las Vegas slot machine as well as TV series including “Robot Chicken”, The Cleveland Show”, “Star Wars Detours”, "Lego Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles” and for Disney's "Star Wars Rebels".

His acting career, however, does not completely engross his time. Billy Dee is also an accomplished award-winning artist whose paintings are displayed around the globe! The Smithsonian Institute even owns one of his paintings! He's been nominated for a Guggenheim Award and has won the Hallgarten Award (these are considered the "Oscars' of the art world).

If acting and painting wasn't enough he's also co-authored a few books including a love story called "Twilight" (with author Elizabeth Atkins Bowman) and the sci-fi thriller "Psi Net" (with author Rob MacGregor) and its sequels.




Seth Gilliam (Sunday Only)

Seth Gilliam joins the cast of AMC’s cultural phenomenon “The Walking Dead” in its fifth season as ‘Father Gabriel Stokes.’  An iconic character from Robert Kirkman’s graphic novel, Father Gabriel is a man of the cloth who is just starting to face the truths of that dark world.

Gilliam is best recognized for his role on HBO’s critically acclaimed series “The Wire,” opposite fellow “The Walking Dead” cast mates Chad Coleman and Lawrence Gilliard Jr.; Starship Troopers with Casper Van Dien and Neil Patrick Harris; and Courage Under Fire with Denzel Washington, Meg Ryan and Matt Damon.

Gilliam landed his first recurring television role portraying ‘Aaron Dexter’ on the classic hit series “The Cosby Show.”  Gilliam’s additional television credits include “Oz,” “Teen Wolf,” “Assault On West Point,” “Bronx Is Burning,” “The People vs. Leo Frank;” and guest starring roles on “Homeland,” ”Damages,” “Nurse Jackie,” “Law & Order,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” "CSI: Miami," “Person of Interest,” “Criminal Minds” and “The Good Wife.”

Gilliam’s additional feature credits include Did You Hear About the Morgans?, Punks,  Jefferson in Paris and the Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winning film Personal Velocity: Three Portraits.

No stranger to theatre, Gilliam has also appeared in numerous stage productions including King Lear, Othello, Father Comes Home From the Wars, Top Dog/Under Dog, Romeo And Juliet, Girl Gone and Richard III, to name a few.

Gilliam is a graduate of S.U.N.Y. Purchase.

Appearances by:

Louis V.-Cosplayer  

Louis V.-Cosplayer


Holly Palermo-Cosplayer  

Holly Palermo-Cosplayer


Green Hornet's Black Beauty

Green Hornet's Black Beauty


The Real Ghostbusters of South Jersey.


Star Wars characters...Darth Vader, Chewbacca, Storm Troopers, and more!

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.)


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OC Con Rules

Parking: For a list of parking lots, click here.

Getting to Ocean City: For directions, click here

OC Con General Admission Tickets: This ticket will grant general access to OC Con.

·         General Admission (Adult): $10 per day or $15 for both days.

·         General Admission (Child, 12 and under): $5 per day or $8 for both days

Billy Dee Williams (April 1st)

·         Billy Dee Williams Q&A Panel (Location: Civic Center) : $20 per person

·         Billy Dee Williams Photo: $55 per photo (2 person max per photo)

**This includes one 8x10 print. Extra copies of the print will be available for purchase at the end of the photo session. For an additional $10, digital copies of the photo will be available for purchase.**

·         Billy Dee Williams Autograph: $50 per person (no photos, one item signed)

Seth Gilliam (April 2nd)

·         Seth Gilliam Q&A Panel (Location: Civic Center): $15 per person

·         Seth Gilliam Photo: $40 per photo (2 person max per photo)

**This includes one 8x10 print. Extra copies of the print will be available for purchase at the end of the photo session. For an additional $10, digital copies of the photo will be available for purchase.**

·         Seth Gilliam Autograph: $40 per person (no photos, one item signed)


Please be respectful to ALL competitors, attendees, vendors, staff, volunteers and judges (We reserve the right to eject or disqualify anyone who does not show courtesy and respect during the event). Ocean City Con reserves the right to revoke, without refund, anyone who does not comply with the general rules and policies.

Ocean City Con is a Family-Friendly environment for all ages. Please, keep your content to PG and no cursing or inappropriate behavior, attire or merchandise. With that being said here are some general rules and policies:

The following are not permitted for sale at the Ocean City Con:

1.       Functional firearms (including air soft guns, BB guns, paintball guns, etc.)

2.       Realistic replica firearms (including reproduction, fake or toy guns, etc. that can be confused for functional firearms).

3.       Functional projectile weapons (including blow guns, crossbows, silly string, sling shot, etc.)

4.       Sharpened metal-bladed weapons (including axes, daggers, knives, swords, etc.)

5.       Explosives (including fireworks and firecrackers)

6.       Chemical weapons (including mace, etc.)

7.       Blunt weapons (including props brass knuckles, clubs, etc.)

8.       Hard prop weapons (including props made of metal, wood, glass, etc.)

9.       Instruments that cause excessive noise levels like grenade whistles or horns.

10.   Whips

11.   Aerosol mustard