Galactic Con 2015 is over. It’s been two weeks, and I am just about done with thank yous and follow ups. It was an amazing turn out… obviously more than our venue could handle. We are already planning on a bigger venue for 2016, but I will post more on that later.

Galactic Con really was a “mom-and-pop” convention, (although my daughter has never called me “pop”) considering it was almost entirely planned and organized by my wife and I. Way back in July we had the idea that we could host a comic-con in Middletown, make it affordable for families, get a few artists and vendors to show up and have a good time. My father-in-law had worked for Diamond Comics for years and provided valuable advice (along with 1000 bags and free comic books after our initial 500 ran out).

We had visited a few small comic-cons, comic book shows, and toys shows in the area, so we did expect about 500 people. We also thought we might be able to find a dozen artists and a handful of vendors.  At one point, we were planning to use half of the gym as an event area, with crafts for kids, and even a “Blast the Trooper” event with the 501st. By December, those plans were scrapped and we had already begun collecting names for our wait-list.  We flat out denied any vendors who had hoped to sell home repairs, cruises, health products, and the like, but we had made that decision long ago.  While we could not fill the gym with comic book vendors only (and we tried to get everyone in the area), we only wanted comics, toys, pop culture and cosplay.

How did we end up with over 2,000 people, and a seemingly endless line? People wanted this in our town, and people wanted to be there.  We had support from many local shops who helped promote us with flyers and signage. Westown Movies was our featured sponsor. If you saw our ad there, then you already know how wonderful the theater is. If you have not been to Westown, you should really make some plans… maybe in May.

As the event got closer, we also began to get a lot of local media coverage. This was around the same time my wife began having nightmares, as noted in the article. We had family and friends coming in to help us sell tickets and man our vendor space. However, I still had the idea that I would be able to run the Charity Raffle, help with admissions, work my booth and maybe even shop a little. That did not happen. My wife and I were glued to the front door. We had a steady supply of family members stepping in to help out, so that we could eat, drink and go to the bathroom.  I am pretty sure there are at least a few people still waiting for me to get back to them with answers.

We have a survey available, and one of the most popular suggestions, right behind “get more space,” was to have more people at the ticket table to move the line faster.  Unfortunately, more people would not have made the difference. Around noon, our school custodian informed us that we could not let any more people in until a group of people left. We were at fire code, maybe we already broke it, but the fact of the matter was we were not able to sell tickets faster… there would have been nowhere to go.

BUT, we did it! We had an enormous success, and it seems like everyone is ready to come back again next year… as long as we can find a bigger place. We found a bigger place and in 2017, MTown Sports is building an even bigger place. Stick with us and we will get better every year!

 

 

 

 

WHYY’s First

Comic book themes and characters are everywhere, from movies to television, and even comic inspired art. First Experience visited one such show at the Gibby Center for the Arts in Middletown to see the work of some local talent. The show is a way to inspire kids to draw and paint, and to encourage comic fans, to get out of the theaters and inside an art gallery.

Delaware Online

First ever Galactic Con – dubbed “every nerd’s dream” by one attendee – drew far more than organizers expected to a strained middle school gymnasium Saturday. Super heroes and immortals mixed with the comic-crazed. William Bretzger/The News Journal

Delaware Online

Ryan Cormier
The News Journal
4:39 p.m. EDT March 19, 2015

It happens to plenty of us. After a youthful college streak, a life as a young professional is next. Next thing you know, you’re married with a child and adulthood smacks you right upside the head. That’s what has happened to Joe Manzo, 35, a Middletown comic book enthusiast.

But Joe is fighting back.

Read full story…

Middletown Transcript

Posted Mar. 19, 2015 at 9:37 AM

Middletown, Del

Fittingly on Friday the 13th, the Gibby Center for the Arts in Middletown held an opening reception for a new art exhibit called, “Comics, Capes, and Corpses.” The exhibit, which runs until March 31, features a wide range of comic book art from area artists as well as end-of-days figurines called “Apocalypse Dolls.”

Read full story…

Just a quick update… in order to move the events a bit closer, the start time is now 7PM!

If you need to kill time after the con, the Gibby is open until 5PM, can may stay open later with a big enough crowd.  Or you can start to eat early at Two Nine Nine and wait for the crowd to come to you.

Or, you could try to catch a movie, at Westown Movies!

Cinderella, Run All Night, The Gun Man & Insurgent all have showtimes after 4PM so you can relax in a comfy chair and get ready for the After Party. Westown now sells beer & wine!

Zenescope is providing a copy of Grimm Fairy Tales #0 in all our Swag Bags…

Zenescope Year10

Zenescope Entertainment begins celebrating their Year10 milestone in 2015 by releasing 10 issues per month. With a mix of the ongoing and brand new, these releases contain the hottest and most sought after stories in the Grimm Universe… check out this #0 to get acquainted with the Zenescope Universe.

We are thrilled to have them be a part of our con, and hope to have them join us in the future!

 

This is the stock photo of the February Loot Crate donation! Be sure to check it out at the show to see all the great loot!

Looters have been enjoying their PLAY! The February Loot Crate. Hexbugs, Munnys, Superfight and more… and you get a chance to win it in our Charity Raffle!

Here is what you need to know about tickets to the Middletown Comic Con

All ticket sales are CASH ONLY at the door.

Early Bird Tickets

Galactic Con will have a special EARLY BIRD event.  From 9AM to 10AM, you can purchase an Early Bird ticket for $10 per person.  Early Bird tickets give you the opportunity to be one of the first people in the con, before the general admission, so you can check out all the deals and get your sketchbooks in front of the artists – BEFORE they start piling up.

You can start purchasing Early Bird tickets at 8:45AM. Early Bird tickets can also be purchased online at Eventbrite.
Eventbrite DOES have a $1.54 convenience fee. You will be able to bypass the lines with your Eventbrite ticket.

General Admission

General admission begins at 10AM… Galactic Con will remain open until 4PM.
General admission for a single person is $3. That includes admission for one person, one swag bag and one raffle ticket.
Family passes are available for $5 (up to 6 people). Family passes include admission for up to 6 family members, ONE swag bag and two raffle tickets.

Win Early Bird Passes…

Ok, so you read all that, now try to win some tickets.
Click here to enter our online contest and win two Early Bird Passes!

The local paper, The Middletown Transcript, did a front page story on Galactic Con.

The full story is here: http://www.middletowntranscript.com/article/20150219/NEWS/150219772/

Please note we are thrilled to have Chick-fil-A and Half Baked as vendors, but for the record: Our official sponsors are Westown Movies, 2nd & Charles, Diamond Car Wash & Manhattan Bagel Middletown, DE.

Thanks to our sponsors for helping us plan, what should be, an amazing first con!

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