Toms River’s Jersey Shore Comic Book Show bills itself as the “biggest little con on the East Coast,” offering comic book and art fans tons of cool comics and collectibles biannually. This summer’s event took over the Toms River Elk Lodge for an entire day of fun on Saturday, July 16. The event featured comic book and art vendors, as well as professional comic book writers and artists. Families and friends came out to the shore to embrace the world of comics.

The Elks Lodge reserved two rooms for the event’s festivities. The first room was lined with various vendors offering a wide range of popular comics, classic movies, original artwork, awesome collectibles and much more. The second room of the show featured a number of professional writers, artists and authentic cosplayers. The writers and artists offered their original work for sale and had a blast chatting with fans and signing autographs. Groups of cosplayers, dressed as favorite characters from movies like Ghostbusters and Star Wars, posed for pictures and interacted with those who attended the event.

The Jersey Shore Comic Book Show also welcomed professional comic book writer and New Jersey resident Tony DiGerolamo, popular for his work on the Simpsons comic books and his own Jersey Devil series. Tony DiGerolamo’s Jersey Devil, first published under South Jersey Rebellion Productions, encompasses a dozen issues following several different storylines. The stories from the series are based on supposedly true events, DiGerolamo tells Best of NJ, and since there are so many different accounts, Jersey Devil also follows multiple points of view.

While the Jersey Devil series hasn’t been published in some time, DiGerolamo did reveal to Best of NJ that the famous “J.D.” will be back later this year. DiGerolamo continues to write comic books, as well as screenplays, and publishes much of his work on The Web Comic Factory.

Jersey Shore Comic Book Show

Towards the end of the day, the Jersey Shore Comic Book Show revealed the winners of their cosplay contest. While a number of creative costumes entered, two Harley Quinn cosplayers – one sporting the comic book style and another from the upcoming Suicide Squad film – won the competition.

The Jersey Shore Comic Book Show is a tremendous little event for all comic book lovers. It is a great opportunity for members of the community to get together and enjoy the artistic spirit of comics and storytelling. The Jersey Shore Comic Book Show is scheduled to return to the Toms River Elks Lodge later this fall on Saturday, November 20, 2016, so be sure to mark those calendars.

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