I finally made it to the Hudson Valley Comic Con this year!
Last Weekend May 11-12th. I have to say; I was pleasantly surprised at the size and variety of the event. In its 4th year, there was no shortage of booths, amazingly talented artists, great known star power and plenty of attractions. The one shortage I DID notice. Parking. It was a bit on the difficult side. Apparently, there are a lot of comic fans in the Hudson Valley! I guess I was lucky as I didn’t have to do too many circles around the parking lot before nabbing a spot.
One of the first things that greeted me upon entering the Gold’s Gym space in Poughkeepsie, NY where the event was held, was the large Headless Horseman trailer. They were providing an escape room experience for attendees. While I have long known of their lauded Halloween Hayride and Haunted house at their site in Ulster Park, NY, I did not realize they had other options like the escape room that run over the summer. After speaking with Dave from Headless Horseman about their offerings for a bit, I moved into the room and the chaos of the convention. Visually, it was a lot to take in. I passed the many comic bookstore vendors, figurines and cute toys on my way to the back where many of the artists were stationed. Along the way, I got drawn into the booth of Ann’s Booty, with her fantastical steampunk jewelry offerings.
Moving along, I totally enjoyed meeting some of the stars who came out for the show. Those of you who were big fans of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air in the ’90s will surely remember Hillary played by Karyn Parsons. She was there as an author of her first book. Additionally, the iHeart team managed to catch photos with comedian and actor Gilbert Gottfried, and finally, Walking Dead alumni, Tom Payne (Paul “Jesus” Rovia).