If you are looking for something interesting and fun to do this weekend, then you might want to make the trek into New York City this Saturday, March 31, 2012, from 10 A.M. – 7 P.M. at the Penn Pavilion (401 Seventh Avenue, New York City) to attend the very last of Mike Carbonaro’s legendary New York Comic Book Marketplace comicbook shows. That’s right; Carbonaro who has been staging some of the most successful comicbook shows for decades is calling it quits after this weekend’s show. But what a blow-out Carbonaro has planned for this, his final show!
The show will host none other than Marvel legend Stan Lee, as well as perennial fan favorite George Perez (The Avengers, The New Teen Titans), Joe Sinnott (Fantastic Four), Dick Ayers (Sgt. Fury), Carmine Infantino (The Flash), Jim Steranko (Nick Fury), Irwin Hasen (Dondi), Mike Royer (Forever People, New Gods), Arthur Suydam (Batman, Conan) , Bob McLeod (Hulk, The Phantom), Rich Buckler (Fantastic Four) , and many more. You will also be able to discover up and coming artists and independent publishers in the Artists Alley which will feature dozens of prominent comicbook artists and celebrity guests. This show will be a wonderful opportunity for fans to meet and talk to some of their favorite celebrities including Ethan Phillips (who portrayed Neelix on Star Trek Voyager). There will be 100 booths featuring vendors selling and buying comic books, new and vintage toys, Sci-Fi, and related popular culture.
Throughout the 1970s Carbonaro was not only selling at other comicbook conventions, but he began his own cons as well. “My very first convention I ran myself was called the Rolling Rock Show, a ‘living’ rock ‘n’ roll amusement park I created in April 1977,” he recalls. “That was followed by a show at Albert Hall in the old Americana Hotel, which I then followed with the very first Baseball Card Convention ever at Shea Stadium, home of the New York Mets baseball team, where I sold tables for only $10 apiece, and still made a ton of money!”
From 1981 to 1997, Carbonaro ran his own very successful comic book store, Continental Comics, in Queens, New York. In ‘96, Mike and Vincent Zurzuolo (presently of Metropolis Comics) created the very first Big Apple comic convention at St. Paul the Apostle church in Manhattan. After 12 years, the Big Apple had grown into the most successful privately owned comic convention in New York City, and was then bought by the giant Wizard convention organization. Mike remains a consultant to Wizard to the present day.