The first Pop Art Con was held on June 10 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Fort Washington, PA and it afforded collectors the opportunity to have some of the hobby’s most talented artists assembled at one time. Artist offered original sketch cards, artwork, and prints. While not as large as it’s sister show, the Philly Non-Sports Card Show, both of which are run by Non-Sport Update, everyone in attendance from the collectors, artists, manufacturers and dealers were enthusiastic and enjoyed themselves.
The show kicked off on Saturday night with a great dinner sponsered by Cryptozoic Entertainment and it provided everyone in attendance the opportunity to chat with the artists and other hobby friends in an intimate setting about sketch cards, non-sports cards, or just shoot the breeze about any subject with friends old and new.
On Sunday morning the show was in full swing and it was amazing to see all of the incredible artwork being offered for sale, and to have talented artists such as Sean Pence, Edward Cherniga, Scott Rorie, Rhiannon Owens, Kate Bradley, Gary Kezele, and Meghan Hetrick among many others in one room. Many artists were also busy taking commissions as well as offering limited edition sets, books, original comic cover art and sketch books.
Aspiring artists were also invited to come to the show and share their portfolios with Cryptozoic Entertainment. We will undoubtedly be seeing new talent in the near future! Breygent Marketing was gracious in sponsoring table fees for 16 of the 19 artists so thanks are in order to both manufacturers for supporting the show and the hobby. Versicolor and SideKick were also show co-sponsors.
A nice selection of promotional cards were also available to show attendees, including a gorgeous two card puzzle promo from Breygent Marketing featuring Red Sonja by artist Melike Acar and two eye-catching Tarzan promos from Cryptozoic Entertainment. A limited-edition Warlord of Mars promo card featuring artwork by renowned artist Joe Jusko was available for purchase at the show and limited quantities are now available for sale through NSU.
It was a fun experience to be at the first show of it’s kind and watch things unfold. With continued support by collectors, we will hopefully have the privilege of seeing more shows of this kind in the future. A memorable first Pop Art Con for all involved!
Editor’s Note: Below is a small gallery of photos from Pop Art Con. Many more are posted online in an album on the Pop Art Con Facebook page.