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

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The two managed to secure a rare collection of original art from comic book legend and member of the Comic Book Hall of Fame, Jerry Robinson. Robinson worked at DC Comics in the '40s and created the Joker. During his time there, he was able to secretly amass a huge collection of original art, which was difficult because, at the time, there were very strict paper rations due to the war.

"You where only allotted a specific number of pages per book," Joey explains. "After you finished the art and they went to print, the original pages had to be re-pulped so you could be reissued paper for the next book. So most the original art from this era was destroyed."

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WAP! Comic Con co-founder, Troy Humble.

The two also landed comic book stud, Kevin Eastman, the co-creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. He'll be speaking at the convention about his previous work and his contributions on the new, Michael Bay-produced Ninja Turtles movie.

A portion of the proceeds from each ticket bought will go to the Dan Marino Foundation, a charity that provides research, services, and treatment programs for children with neurodevelopment disabilities.

Joey and Troy have been doing monthly charity events for the Dan Marino Foundation leading up to the convention on May 9. Their next one is this Saturday, February 22, from 7 p.m. to midnight at C&I Studios in Ft. Lauderdale. The event is called Wap the Wall, and anyone who makes a donation will get to graffiti a 30-foot wall with whatever they please.

It has by no means been easy, but Troy and Joey hope Wap! Comic Con will put Florida on the comic convention map.

"For me this is a project to make South Florida one of the biggest comic convention locations in the United States," Joey says. "Right now when people think comic conventions they think San Diego and New York, and I want to add a third one to that list, and I want it to be South Florida."

WAP! Comic Con will take place May 9 through May 11 at the Broward Convention Center. Tickets cost $25. You can get them here.



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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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