Halloween came to New Jersey early this year, as Somerset’s Garden State Convention Center hosted the first annual Monsters & Robots Con, presented by Crucial Entertainment. The two-day event celebrated everything monster-related. Fans of both popular and not-so-popular cult classics traveled out to Somerset County to enjoy non-stop action featuring a variety of celebrity guests, specialty vendors and tons of spooky memorabilia.
From August 27-28, hundreds of fans of sci-fi television shows, monster flicks, wacky cartoons, vintage comics, unique memorabilia and creepy collectibles traveled out to the convention center. Vendors and exhibitors traveled from all around the country to showcase their most creative works, and guests spent hours sifting through the vast collections. Fans of art were even able to get their hands on some exclusive pieces based off their favorite films and shows.
Monsters & Robots Con welcomed a number of celebrities from horror, sci-fi and fantasy television shows and movies; special guests included Addy Miller (Summer the Teddy Bear Girl of The Walking Dead), Tony Moran (Michael Myers in Halloween) and Butch Patrick (Eddie Munster of The Munsters). A long list of professional writers and artists also attended over the two-day span, including The Ren & Stimpy Show cartoonist Bob Camp, Marvel illustrator and writer Bob Budiansky and Mad Magazine illustrator James Warhola. Some of these special guests even spoke to fans during panel discussions over the weekend.
Dastardly goblins and ghouls roamed through the aisles of the convention center, taking pictures with enamored attendees and startling other unsuspecting guests. The event hosted two costume contests for children and adults on Sunday evening, inviting cosplayers and costume-junkies alike to dress up in their most creative disguises to wow judges and other guests.
The 2016 Monsters & Robots Con had a strong reach, appealing to children and adults of all ages. It celebrated a wide range of both newly popular shows and movies and older classics, making it a cross-generational event that could interest young kids, their parents, and, in some cases, even their grandparents.
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