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Preview: Heroes and Villians Fan Fest – NY/NJ

May 22, 2016

The Heroes and Villains Fan Fest returns to the New York and New Jersey area at the Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, NJ on July 2 and 3.

The “Fan Fest arrives to revolutionize the comic con landscape” according to its website, hosting a variety of celebrity panels and meet and greets. I’ve refreshed this guest list several times in a 40-minute span, and each time, the list seems to be different. I probably picked a bad time to visit the website and to their credit, there is a disclaimer that the list can be changed at any time. The most recent refresh includes the following celebrities:

Cast of Arrow

Stephen Amell, Oliver Queen
Charlotte Ross, Donna Smoak
Neal McDonough, Damien Darhk
Colin Donnell, Tommy Merlyn
Echo Kellum, Curtis Holt
Katrina Law, Nyssa al Ghul
Paul Blackthorne, Quentin Lance
Katie Cassidy, Laurel Lance
Willa Holland, Thea Queen
David Ramsey, John Diggle
Caity Lotz, Sara Lance

The list also includes Robbie Kay from Once Upon a Time and Pirates of the Caribbean, Danielle Panabaker from Flash, and various other guests.

Schedule

There isn’t much released yet for the schedule, despite the event being a mere six weeks away at the time of this posting. The event opens at 10:30 a.m. both days for general attendees and 9:00 a.m. for VIPs and closes on 6:00 p.m. on Saturday and 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. On the schedule page, the site plugs the Walking Dead Experience, a separate ticketed event located at different venues and dates from the Fan Fest.

The home page promises an immersive superhero experience with games of skill and even obstacles. Having never attended this con before, I don’t know exactly what that entails. I would have liked to see some examples and more details than a one-liner as it does sound interesting and a little different from typical con fare. Generally speaking, this con seems a lot more focused on panels, autographs and photo ops, which means waiting in line….A LOT and not all that different from other cons. If this is to be a revolutionary con, why not highlight what exactly makes it revolutionary and different from other cons?

Tickets

General admission isn’t too steep, ranging from $35-45 for one-day tickets. VIP experiences range, and if you want a shot at meeting your favorite character, you might want to spring for one of these tickets to jump the line. The Platinum VIP experience, limited to just 30 attendees, goes for a whopping $900. It practically gets you to the front of the line for everything, premium reserved seating for all panels, 4 individual autographs and photo ops of your choice and a host of other proposed goodies. I’ve never met anyone who would even consider dropping that much cash on a convention, but I guess it depends on how badly you want a front-row experience. Lower level VIP tickets go for $450, $200 and a $100 option for returning VIPs.

I think for this event, I’ll stick to general admission. If you’ve ever purchased a VIP ticket to a con or attended the Heroes and Villains Fan Fest, please leave a comment below and tell us about your experience. Is a VIP ticket truly worth the money? Inquiring minds want to know.

 

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