April 6th and 7th, 2019!
Ocean City Music Pier
Ocean City, NJ 08226
Saturday, April 6th
10 am - 5 pm
Sunday, April 7th
10 am - 4 pm
General Admission Tickets
Adult: $10 for 1 day; $15 for 2 days
Child: $5 for 1 day; $8 for 2 days
Tickets on sale February 22nd
Special Guest LeVar Burton Schedule
1pm-4pm: Autographs & selfies*
10:30am - 12pm: Autographs & selfies*
1:30pm - 2:30pm: Q&A
2:30pm - 5:00pm: Autographs & selfies*
*Cost not included in admission price
selfie picture: $20
autographed picture (provided by oc con): $25
Autographed specialty item or any item brought by guest: $50
Tickets on sale February 22nd
RACE Registration now open!
Stay tuned for 2019 SCHEDULE!
Featuring Special Guest
LeVar Burton launched his acting career while still a student at the University of
Southern California. Cast in the groundbreaking role of Kunta Kinte in the landmark
television series “Roots,” at 19 he found himself on the cover of Time Magazine. A
seemingly impossible act to follow, Burton managed to do so in dramatic fashion,
achieving further global acclaim as Chief Engineer Geordi La Forge in the iconic “Star
Trek: The Next Generation” television series and in feature films.
However, it has been his role as host and executive producer of the beloved PBS children’s series
“Reading Rainbow” of which he is most proud. Airing from 1983 to 2009, it was not only one of
the longest-running children’s television shows in history, but also one of the most
acclaimed, earning over 200 awards including multiple Emmys and a Peabody.
Always committed to improving children’s education through innovative uses of
storytelling, in 2012 Burton launched RRKidz, a digital educational publishing company.
In a deal that ended in August 2017, his company held the global rights to the Reading
Rainbow brand through a partnership with series creator, WNED/Buffalo. That
partnership resulted in a successful relaunch of the Reading Rainbow brand for a new
generation of children. SKYBRARY is a digital reading service filled with over 500
children’s fiction and non-fiction books, more than 150 newly-produced video field trips
and new content added every week. With over 16 million books and videos enjoyed since
launch, SKYBRARY is a top selling educational app on iTunes and recipient of
In 2014 Burton turned to Kickstarter to bring Reading Rainbow to “Every Child,
Everywhere” -- especially to classrooms in need. The campaign met its 35-day goal of
raising $1 million in less than eleven hours, and set a crowdfunding record at the time
with over 105,000 backers and a final tally of over $6.4 million. With these funds, in
May 2015, Burton and RRKidz brought the SKYBRARY product to the web, accessible
to 83% of American households. Then in January 2016, the education-specific,
SKYBRARY SCHOOL rolled out for teachers and students, fulfilling the promise of the
Now in his fourth decade in the industry, LeVar continues to exercise his vigorous
passion for storytelling with his new podcast LEVAR BURTON READS, where each
episode he chooses a favorite piece of short fiction and performs it. The enormously
successful podcast is in its third season and LeVar is currently touring the country with a
live version of the podcast. LEVAR BURTON READS: LIVE! is coming to a theater near you.
As the honored recipient of 13 Emmy Awards, a Grammy, and five NAACP
Awards, Burton has demonstrated in his career that he can do it all -- acting, directing,
producing, writing and speaking. He is often invited as a keynote speaker at leading
education and technology events, most recently speaking at NASA, ISTE, The National
Education Association, FAST COMPANY’s Innovation Series and many more.
With millions of fans throughout the world, Burton continues his mission to
inspire, educate and entertain.
2019 ARTIST TABLE REGISTRATION IS OPEN!
MICHAEL S BRACCO
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.
JOE DEL BEATO
Philadelphia born artist/inker Joe del Beato's works are well known for inks and cover illustrations for Marvel/Hasbro's GI Joe: Order of Battle toy line art, Justice, Cloak and Dagger, Sectuars, and Avengers. Joe is also known for his extended works for DC's Atari Force and the ever so popular MASK and Who's Who: The Definitive Directory to the DC Universe.
Joe now lives in Atlantic City, where he teaches after school programs on comic book illustration to school children at the public library.
Tony DiGerolamo is a New Jersey screenwriter, novelist, comic book writer, game designer and comedian. He is best known for his work on The Simpsons and Bart Simpson comic books. He has also been a joke writer for Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher, a scriptwriter for Space Ghost: Coast to Coast and a blogger for Comedy Central’s Indecision website. He has written the screenplays including Mafioso: The Father, The Son starring Leo Rossi. His novels, Fix in Overtime and The Undercover Dragon are available through Padwolf Publishing. After publishing his own comic books (Jersey Devil, The Travelers and The Fix) with SJRP, he eventually got a publishing deal with Kenzer & Company. Kenzer published The Travelers. Tony also wrote Everknights (another Kenzer comic book), as well as the Hacklopedia of Beasts (Volumes 1 thru 8) and Slaughterhouse Indigo (an adventure for the Hackmaster RPG). He also adapted Mark Twain's Personal Reflections of Joan of Arc for Campfire. Performing in the Philly comedy scene for over ten years, Tony performed and directed such improv groups as Next Line Improv, The Cabal, The Ninjas and Bulletproof Giraffe.
Besides writing for various comedy websites, he had a long running comics review column in Knights of the Dinner Table magazine. He was the marketing director for comics publisher, Silent Devil. He is creator of Tony DiGerolamo’s Complete Mafia for d20, creator/biographer for the online webcomic, Super Frat, the co-creator of the Webcomic Factory, and writer for the over two dozen webcomics on the Webcomic Factory site including Lester Crenshaw is Dead, Miserable Comedians and Weird Biker Tales. Look for his latest book, F*ck You, I’m Italian: Why We Italians Are Awesome, from Ulysses Press.
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.
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!
George Vega is an Illustrator known for his work as a sketch card artist & comic illustrator.
He has worked for companies like Upper Deck on their Marvel, Aliens, Firefly and Marvel film franchise card sets.
George has also created cover pinups for “The Light Earth” series and drew a fan comic for “Transformers The Lost Seasons.”
You can also read his free web comic “The World Of M (dot) net”, which he created and illustrates.
2019 COSPLAYER REGISTRATION IS OPEN!
FOR 2019 VENDOR REGISTRATION, CLICK HERE.
Dan & Mary Campbell - Comics, graphic novels, non-sport cards, posters, manga/anime
Fred DeFeo & Mark DeFeo - Children’s books, pencil art drawings of comic book characters, high gloss comic book characters
Dan Zameito of Dollar Comics - Comic Books
Amber Keep Art - Watercolor/Oil Paintings & 3-D Print, Cosplay Equipment
Chris Piccirillo of NJ Toys and Collectibles - Action figures, collectibles, vintage and modern toys from Star Wars, Gundam model kits, Dragonball, comic heroes, Doctor Who
2019 Appearances by:
Galactic Empire…Appearing Saturday Only!!
“Not all that long ago in a galaxy not all that far away… A band the likes of which the universe had never seen was formed for one purpose — to create an unstoppable musical “force” known as GALACTIC EMPIRE.
By reinterpreting classic selections from legendary composer JOHN WILLIAMS’ iconic scores from the STAR WARS SAGA into guitar driven heavy metal, GALACTIC EMPIRE has created a musical juggernaut feared in many systems.
Comprised of some of the most infamous and feared villains in the galaxy — lead guitarist Dark Vader, drummer Boba Sett, guitarists Red Guard and Kyle Ren, and bassist Bass Commander — GALACTIC EMPIRE’s commitment to their mission is unparalleled.
From a foreboding rendition of ‘The Imperial March’ to the sweeping guitars of ‘Duel of the Fates’ or soaring melody of ‘Rey’s Theme’, the band’s faithful translations of WILLIAMS’ classic scores has created a new “force” where fandom and music overlap.”
GALACTIC EMPIRE’s debut and sophomore albums are available now on Velocity / Rise Records.
Facebook / Instagram: @galacticempireofficial