Atlantic City Invaded by Geeks with Garden State Comic Fest (With Photo Gallery)

The Garden State Comic Fest has entertained geeks in New Jersey for the past several years. But on April 7 and 8, 2018, they brought their event to the southern part of the state, at the Showboat Hotel in Atlantic City. And with this more prestigious venue, they brought more prestigious guests.

Celebrity Guests

Fans were happy to meet actress Summer Glau, who gained a lot of fans as River Tam on Firefly and has gone on to appear in many genre shows, including the 4400, Terminator: the Sarah Connor Chronicles, Dollhouse, Alphas and Arrow. Eric Roberts from the Doctor Who TV movie, The Dark Knight and Lost Girl was on hand. David Dastmalchian, from Ant-Man, Gotham, The Flash, MacGyver and the upcoming Ant-Man and the Wasp enthusiastically greeted attendees. Voice actors Miltos Yerolemou, Diane Pershing and Marty Grabstein were guests as well.

The Con Floor

Vendors and attendees at Garden State Comic Fest Atlantic City
Vendors and attendees at Garden State Comic Fest Atlantic City

There were lots of vendors selling just about every collectible you can imagine and some things you might not have expected. Panels ran over the weekend and you could find lots of cosplayers wandering the floor, though some ventured outside since the lighting wasn’t ideal for cosplay photography. (See the gallery at the end of this article for a sampling of the cosplayers who attended.)

Traffic seemed pretty steady at the convention… while it was not crowded, there seemed to be a good turnout. A few vendors and artists mentioned they were doing good business, though at times the floor seemed pretty empty, it might have been more due to the large space available than lack of attendance.


Overall the con seemed to be successful, though whether it was successful enough to warrant a return to the Boardwalk remains to be seen. With J1 Con scheduled to make use of the same space later this year, Atlantic City could turn into a destination fans of anime, comics, science fiction and other geeky genres.

Garden State Comic Fest will be having two more shows this year. You can attend at their Great Adventure edition and their original Morristown, NJ location. For more information about this convention, visit

Check out our gallery from the show:


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About Kyle Williamson

"Captain" Kyle Williamson is a cosplayer, actor, writer, fan and author of "The Elements of Cosplay: The Costume and Beyond." He has also interviewed hundreds of actors, authors and cosplayers and has moderated panels for conventions such as Wizard World, Retro Con, Terrificon, Farpoint and Shore Leave to name a few. You can follow him on Twitter @captainkylepa and Instagram @captainkylephilly.

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