WAP!: Fort Lauderdale's First Large-Scale Comic Con Coming In May

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When you think about Fort Lauderdale, of all the things that pop into your head, chances are comic book conventions aren't one of them. And there's a reason for that. There aren't really any.

But Joey Cammisa and Troy Humble are hoping to change that with Wap! Comic Con, Fort Lauderdale's first large-scale comic book, video game, and pop culture convention. And if there are two people in South Florida who can do it, it's these guys.

Joey, 28, and Troy, 40, are comic book fans. Not the kind who throw on a cape and a pair of non-prescription glasses and head to the newest super hero movie premiere. No. These guys are legit. If they punch you in the face, a little bubble that says BAM would probably materialize next to your temple.

Joey started working at the country's second largest comic and gaming store right out of high school before moving back to his hometown of Davie, and opening his own comic shop called War and Pieces.

Troy first got his hands on a comic book at age seven when his father tossed him an old stack. That inspired him to embark on a career as an artist, and after he graduated from Florida Atlantic University in 2005, Troy started his own graphic design and fine arts business, Humble Ink, which he's been running for the past eight years.

Joey and Troy met at Joey's shop, War and Pieces. Joey eventually left the store, but his friendship with Troy remained strong, and their love of all things comic books even stronger.

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WAP! Comic Con co-founder, Joey Cammisa.

After attending a few comic conventions together, Troy and Joey began to wonder: Why don't we do this? After all, there really were no conventions in Broward. All they had to do was rent a venue, sell some space to vendors, and BAM, they'd have a convention.

Things were nowhere near that simple, but after seven months of all the gritty details of big-scale event planning, they'd finally put together Wap! Comic Con. And on May 9-11 at the Broward convention center, their dream will become a reality.

"Because we're a first year show, we have a lot of people that will look at us and say, 'Are you legit?'" Joey explains. "Once they see all these pieces, and once they see the passion and amount of effort that me and Troy are putting into this, it tends to swing them back over to our side."

Troy and Joey didn't just want another typical convention. They wanted a true comic book convention, something that would appeal to both the casual and hardcore fan. "We wanted to bring it back to what we loved about comic book conventions," Troy says.

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12 comments
multi007
multi007

is the event still going on?  their web site is down, facebook page is down, the ticketmaster link above show a few canceled slots, and the other slots dies out. 

norm9
norm9

So it may not be the first comic con in Fort Lauderdale, but that does not mean we all can't chip in and make it the best.................I mean, they are fun, entrepreneurial, and kick ass...

Pete
Pete

Wow... first comic con in Fort Lauderdale? Seriously? Great job fact checking. Not only was there a comic con event this weekend in Fort Lauderdale (Ultra Con), Florida Supercon had their first 3 shows in Fort Lauderdale before moving to Miami, there was a Florida Comic Con in Deerfield in 2007, Tate's used to run a comic con at War Memorial in the early 2000's, there was a comic con back in the 90's that had Stan Lee as a guest, and those are just a few of the comic cons that have popped up in the area. 


Horrible research guys. And, oh yeah... from the same rag that harassed Palm Con in West Palm. 



Keep up the good work!

Tee Dub
Tee Dub

I did, but after two articles that could be deemed harassment before journalism, you should understand that one article throwing is nothing to make up for damage done.

Tee Dub
Tee Dub

Are you sure you want to start this back up? I'm pretty sure you guys remember the shit storm that started the last time you opened your mouth about this subject...

Tee Dub
Tee Dub

Will there be a scathing review filled with personal attacks and sarcastic taunting for this one too?

fliya37
fliya37

Will there be a scathing review of this one too? Lets see, only three months til we find out.

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