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