How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000 film)
How the Grinch Stole Christmas! is a 2000 American Christmas fantasy comedy film directed by Ron Howard and written by Jeffrey Price and Peter S. Seaman. Based on Dr. Seuss's 1957 book of the same name, the film was the first Dr. Seuss book to be adapted into a full-length feature film; the film stars Jim Carrey in the title role, Jeffrey Tambor, Christine Baranski, Bill Irwin, Molly Shannon and Taylor Momsen. Because the film is based on a children's picture book, many additions were made to the storyline to bring it up to feature-length, including some information about the backstory of the title character and reworking the story's minor character Cindy Lou Who as a main character. Most of the rhymes that were used in the book were used in the film, though some of the lines were to some degree changed and several new rhymes were put in; the film borrowed some music and character elements that originated in the 1966 animated television special. Produced by Howard and Brian Grazer's Imagine Entertainment, Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! was released by Universal Pictures on November 17, 2000 to mixed reviews from critics, with Carrey's performance being favorably praised.
The film grossed over $345 million worldwide, becoming the sixth-highest grossing film of 2000 and was the second highest-grossing holiday film of all-time behind Home Alone, until both movies were surpassed in 2018 by the second film adaptation of the story. It won the Academy Award for Best Makeup as well as getting nominations for Best Art Direction and Best Costume Design. All the residents of Whoville enjoy celebrating Christmas, except for the Grinch, a misanthropic and egotistical creature who hates it and the Whos. No one likes the Grinch, due to the vengeful and harmful stunts he pulls on them. Six-year-old Cindy Lou Who believes everyone is missing the point about Christmas by focusing on the gifts and festivities, instead of personal relationships, she has a face-to-face encounter with the Grinch at the post office, in which he reluctantly saves her life, she becomes interested in his history. She asks everyone what they discovers his tragic past; the Grinch arrived in Whoville as a baby, was adopted by two spinster sisters.
He showed some sadistic tendencies as a child, but was timid and not as cruel as he would become. In school, the Grinch had a crush on Martha May Whovier, was Augustus Maywho’s rival for Martha May's affections. One year, the Grinch made a Christmas gift for Martha, cut his face attempting to shave after Maywho pointed out he had a beard; when his classmates laughed at his cut face, he lost his temper, destroyed the Christmas gift, trashed the classroom, exiled himself to the top of Mount Crumpit, north of Whoville. Touched by this story, Cindy Lou decides to nominate the Grinch to be the Christmas Whobilation "Holiday Cheermeister", much to the displeasure of Maywho, now the mayor of Whoville, she climbs Mount Crumpit to invite the Grinch to the Whobilation. As Cheermeister, he endures being made to wear an ugly sweater and judge all the Whos' Christmas food concoctions, but he enjoys showing unsportsmanlike conduct by beating all the children in the competitions. Maywho reminds him of his childhood humiliation by giving him an electric shaver as a present publicly proposes marriage to Martha May, giving her a large ring and promising her a new car paid for by the local taxpayers.
In response, the Grinch berates the Whos, telling them that Christmas is only about gifts that they will end up throwing in the garbage, dumped on Mount Crumpit near his home. He proceeds to ruin the party by burning down the town's Christmas tree and causing chaos throughout Whoville, his actions prove fruitless, as the Whos have a spare tree, which they are able to erect before he leaves. The mayor shames Cindy Lou for inviting the Grinch. Since the Grinch's attack has failed to crush the Whos' Christmas spirit, he concocts a plan to steal all of their presents and food while they are sleeping. Creating a Santa suit and powered sleigh, dressing his dog Max as a reindeer, the Grinch descends to Whoville and steals all of the Christmas gifts; when Cindy Lou catches him stealing the tree, he tells her he is taking it to Santa's workshop to repair a defective light. On Christmas morning, the Whos discover the theft, Maywho reproaches Cindy Lou for letting this happen to Whoville, her father, Lou Lou Who, the most happiest Who in Whoville, the town's postmaster, defends her honor for reminding the Whos that Christmas is about love of family and friends, not just gifts.
The people start singing Seuss's Welcome Christmas. Before the Grinch can push the stolen gifts off the top of Mount Crumpit, he hears the Whos' singing and sees he has failed to prevent Christmas, has an epiphany that Christmas "doesn't come from a store", but "perhaps... means a little bit more". His heart grows three sizes, as the sleigh full of gifts begins to slide over the edge of the cliff, he strains to save them, but cannot, he sees Cindy Lou on top of the sleigh because she has come to spend Christmas with him. Motivated to save not just gifts but Cindy's life, the Grinch finds the strength to lift the loaded sleigh and Cindy Lou to safety, they ride the sleigh down the mountain to return the gifts. The Grinch confesses to the burglary and surrenders himself to the police chief; the chief accepts the Grinch's apology, refuses to follow t
Tiny Toon Adventures
Tiny Toon Adventures is an American animated comedy television series, broadcast from September 14, 1990 through December 6, 1992 as the first collaborative effort of Warner Bros. Animation and Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment after being conceived in the late 1980s by Tom Ruegger; the show follows the adventures of a group of young cartoon characters who attend Acme Looniversity to become the next generation of characters from the Looney Tunes series. The pilot episode, "The Looney Beginning", aired as a prime-time special on CBS on September 14, 1990, while the series itself was featured in first-run syndication for the first two seasons; the final season was aired on Fox Kids. The series ended production in 1992 in favor of Animaniacs. Tiny Toon Adventures is a cartoon set in the fictional town of Acme Acres, where most of the Tiny Toons and Looney Tunes characters live; the characters attend Acme Looniversity, a school whose faculty consists of the mainstays of the classic Warner Bros. cartoons, such as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Sylvester the Cat, Wile E. Coyote and Elmer Fudd.
In the series, the university is founded to teach cartoon characters how to become funny. The school is not featured in every episode, as not all of its storylines revolve around the school. Like the Looney Tunes, the series makes use of cartoon violence and slapstick; the series parodies and references the current events of the early 1990s and Hollywood culture. Episodes delve into veiled ethical and morality stories of ecology, self-esteem, crime; the series centers on a group of young cartoon characters who attend a school called Acme Looniversity to be the next generation of Looney Tunes characters. Most of the Tiny Toons characters were designed to resemble younger versions of Warner Bros.' Most popular Looney Tunes animal characters by exhibiting similar traits and looks. The two main characters are both rabbits: Buster Bunny, a blue male rabbit, Babs Bunny, a pink female rabbit not related to Buster, Plucky Duck, a green male duck, Hamton J. Pig, a pink male pig. Other major characters in the cast are nonhuman as well.
These include Fifi La Fume, a purple-and-white female skunk. Two human characters, Montana Max and Elmyra Duff, are regarded as the main villains of the series and are students of Acme Looniversity; as villains, Elmyra is seen as an extreme pet lover while Montana Max is a spoiled rich brat who either owns lots of toys or polluting factories. Supporting characters included Li'l Sneezer, a gray mouse with powerful sneezes. Feeding off the characters are the more traditional Looney Tunes such as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig among others. Most of the adults teach classes at Acme Looniversity and serve as mentors to the Tiny Toons while others fill secondary positions as needed; the series and the show's characters were developed by series producer, head writer and cartoonist Tom Ruegger, division leader Jean MacCurdy, associate producer and artist Alfred Gimeno and story editor/writer Wayne Kaatz. Among the first writers on the series were Jim Reardon, Tom Minton, Eddie Fitzgerald; the character and scenery designers included Alfred Gimeno, Ken Boyer, Dan Haskett, Karen Haskett, many other artists and directors.
The series was planned to be a feature film. Once Steven Spielberg was attached, numerous things changed, including the idea of turning the movie into a television series. "Buster and Babs Go To Hawaii" was co-written by three then-teenage girls who were fans of the show. Voice director Andrea Romano auditioned over 1,200 voices for the series and chose more than a dozen main voice actors; the role of Buster Bunny was given to Charlie Adler, who gave the role, as producer Tom Ruegger said, "a great deal of energy". The role of Babs Bunny was given to Tress MacNeille. Writer Paul Dini said that MacNeille was good for the role because she could do both Babs' voice and the voices of her impressions. Voice actors Joe Alaskey and Don Messick were given the roles of Plucky Duck and Hamton J. Pig, respectively. Danny Cooksey played Montana Max and, according to Paul Dini, was good for the role because he could do a "tremendous mean voice." Cooksey was the only voice actor in the cast, not an adult. Cree Summer played the roles of Elmyra Duff and Mary Melody.
Other actors for the series included Maurice LaMarche as the voice of Dizzy Devil. The legendary voice behind the Looney Tunes, Mel Blanc, was set to reprise his roles as the classic characters, but died in July 1989, his characters were recast by the likes of Jeff Bergman, Joe Alaskey, Greg Burson, Mel's son, Noel Blanc. During production of the series' third season, Charlie Adler left the show due to a conflict with the producers. Adler was upset that he had not landed a role in Animaniacs while
A comics artist is a person working within the comics medium on comic strips, comic books, or graphic novels. The term may refer to any number of artists who contribute to produce a work in the comics form, from those who oversee all aspects of the work to those who contribute only a part. Within the comic strip format, it is typical for one creator to produce the whole strip. However, it is not uncommon for the writing of the strip and the drawing of the art to be carried out by two different people, a writer and an artist. In some cases, one artist might draw key figures. Many strips were the work of two people. Shortly after Frank Willard began Moon Mullins in 1923, he hired Ferd Johnson as his assistant. For decades, Johnson received no credit. Willard and Johnson traveled about Florida, Los Angeles and Mexico, drawing the strip while living in hotels and farmhouses. At its peak of popularity during the 1940s and 1950s, the strip ran in 350 newspapers. According to Johnson, he had been doing the strip solo for at least a decade before Willard's death in 1958: "They put my name on it then.
I had been doing it about 10 years before that because Willard had heart attacks and strokes and all that stuff. The minute my name went on that his name went off, 25 papers dropped the strip; that shows you that, although I had been doing it ten years, the name means a lot." With regards to the comic book format, the work can be split in many different ways. The writing and the creation of the art can be split between two people, an example being From Hell, written by Alan Moore and drawn by Eddie Campbell; the writing of a comic book story can sometimes be shared between two people, with one person writing the plot and another the script. The artistic work is subdivided on work produced for the larger comic book publishers, with four people working on the art: a penciller, an inker, a colorist and a letterer. Sometimes this combination of four artists is augmented by a breakdown artist. However, this occurs only when an artist fails to meet a deadline or when a writer, sometimes referred to as a scripter, produces breakdown art.
Breakdown art is where the story has been laid out roughly in pencils to indicate panel layouts and character positions within panels but with no details. Such roughs are sometimes referred to as "layouts." The norm of four artists is sometimes reduced to three if the penciller inks his own work being credited within the book as a penciller/inker. John Byrne and Walt Simonson are artists; that these roles are interchangeable, many artists can fulfill different roles. Stan Sakai is a regarded letterer of comic books who creates his own series, Usagi Yojimbo. Producing his autobiographical works, Eddie Campbell has created both scripts and art, plus teaming with his daughter on the coloring. On Cerebus, for the majority of the run, Dave Sim created everything except the backgrounds, which were drawn by Gerhard. Glossary of comics terminology Daily comic strip Mangaka Sunday comics Sunday strip Comic Creators at Curlie
Marvel Comics is the brand name and primary imprint of Marvel Worldwide Inc. Marvel Publishing, Inc. and Marvel Comics Group, a publisher of American comic books and related media. In 2009, The Walt Disney Company acquired Marvel Worldwide's parent company. Marvel started in 1939 the common name in the Golden Age was Timely Comics, by the early 1950s, had become known as Atlas Comics; the Marvel era began in 1961, the year that the company launched The Fantastic Four and other superhero titles created by Steve Ditko, Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and many others. The Marvel brand had been used over the years, but solidified as the company's only brand with in a couple of years. Marvel counts among its characters such well-known superheroes as Captain America, Iron Man, the Hulk, Spider-Man, Black Panther, Doctor Strange, the Silver Surfer, Ghost Rider, the Punisher and Deadpool, such teams as the Avengers, the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, the Midnight Sons, the Defenders, the Guardians of the Galaxy, supervillains including Galactus, Doctor Doom, Ultron, Green Goblin, Red Skull, Doctor Octopus and Venom.
Most of Marvel's fictional characters operate in a single reality known as the Marvel Universe, with most locations mirroring real-life places. Pulp-magazine publisher Martin Goodman founded the company known as Marvel Comics under the name Timely Publications in 1939. Goodman, who had started with a Western pulp in 1933, was expanding into the emerging—and by already popular—new medium of comic books. Launching his new line from his existing company's offices at 330 West 42nd Street, New York City, he held the titles of editor, managing editor, business manager, with Abraham Goodman listed as publisher. Timely's first publication, Marvel Comics #1, included the first appearance of Carl Burgos' android superhero the Human Torch, the first appearances of Bill Everett's anti-hero Namor the Sub-Mariner, among other features; the issue was a great success. While its contents came from an outside packager, Inc. Timely had its own staff in place by the following year; the company's first true editor, writer-artist Joe Simon, teamed with artist Jack Kirby to create one of the first patriotically themed superheroes, Captain America, in Captain America Comics #1.
It, proved a hit, with sales of nearly one million. Goodman formed Timely Comics, Inc. beginning with comics cover-dated April 1941 or Spring 1941. While no other Timely character would achieve the success of these three characters, some notable heroes—many of which continue to appear in modern-day retcon appearances and flashbacks—include the Whizzer, Miss America, the Destroyer, the original Vision, the Angel. Timely published one of humor cartoonist Basil Wolverton's best-known features, "Powerhouse Pepper", as well as a line of children's funny-animal comics featuring characters like Super Rabbit and the duo Ziggy Pig and Silly Seal. Goodman hired his wife's cousin, Stanley Lieber, as a general office assistant in 1939; when editor Simon left the company in late 1941, Goodman made Lieber—by writing pseudonymously as "Stan Lee"—interim editor of the comics line, a position Lee kept for decades except for three years during his military service in World War II. Lee wrote extensively for Timely.
Goodman's business strategy involved having his various magazines and comic books published by a number of corporations all operating out of the same office and with the same staff. One of these shell companies through which Timely Comics was published was named Marvel Comics by at least Marvel Mystery Comics #55; as well, some comics' covers, such as All Surprise Comics #12, were labeled "A Marvel Magazine" many years before Goodman would formally adopt the name in 1961. The post-war American comic market saw superheroes falling out of fashion. Goodman's comic book line dropped them for the most part and expanded into a wider variety of genres than Timely had published, featuring horror, humor, funny animal, men's adventure-drama, giant monster and war comics, adding jungle books, romance titles and medieval adventure, Bible stories and sports. Goodman began using the globe logo of the Atlas News Company, the newsstand-distribution company he owned, on comics cover-dated November 1951 though another company, Kable News, continued to distribute his comics through the August 1952 issues.
This globe branding united a line put out by the same publisher and freelancers through 59 shell companies, from Animirth Comics to Zenith Publications. Atlas, rather than innovate, took a proven route of following popular trends in television and movies—Westerns and war dramas prevailing for a time, drive-in movie monsters another time—and other comic books the EC horror line. Atlas published a plethora of children's and teen humor titles, including Dan DeCarlo's Homer the Happy Ghost and Homer Hooper. Atlas unsuccessfully attempted to revive superheroes from late 1953 to mid-1954, with the Human Torch, the Sub-Mariner, Captain America. Atlas did not achieve any breakout hits and, according to Stan Lee, Atlas survived chiefly because it produced work cheaply, at a passable quality; the first modern comic books under the Marvel Comics brand w
Secaucus, New Jersey
Secaucus is a town in Hudson County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the town's population was 16,264, reflecting an increase of 333 from the 15,931 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 1,870 from the 14,061 counted in the 1990 Census. Located within the New Jersey Meadowlands, it is the most suburban of the county's municipalities, though large parts of the town are dedicated to light manufacturing and transportation uses, as well as protected areas. Secaucus is a derivation of the Algonquian words for "black" and "snake", or "place of snakes", or sekakes, referring to snakes. Sikakes, once an island, was part of the territory purchased by Director-General of New Netherland, Peter Stuyvesant in 1658; the territory was part of what is considered to be the oldest municipality in the state of New Jersey, first chartered in 1660 as Bergen in the province of New Netherland and, in 1683, became Bergen Township. Settlement had begun by at least 1733 by the Smith family, whose namesake Abel I. Smith Burial Ground is part of the lore of Secaucus.
Secaucus was formed as a borough by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on March 12, 1900, from portions of North Bergen. On June 7, 1917, Secaucus was incorporated as a town, replacing Secaucus borough, based on the results of a referendum held on June 5, 1917. Secaucus was an agricultural community specializing in flowers, it became known for its pig farms in the first half of the 20th century. In the early 1900s the town was home to 55 pig farms, which housed nearly 250,000 pigs, which outnumbered humans 16 to 1; these farms served the meat demands of Newark and New York, made the farmers wealthy. Many of them were local politicians, most notably pork peddler Henry B. Krajewski, who ran for New Jersey senator, three times for governor and twice for U. S. President; the town's pig farms, rendering plants, junk yards gave the town a reputation for being one of the most odorous in the New York metropolitan area. In the 1950s the pig farms began to dwindle due to construction on the New Jersey Turnpike, which would carry tourists who would not appreciate the odor.
In 1963, debris from the demolition of Pennsylvania Station was dumped in the Secaucus Meadowlands. In decades Secaucus became more of a commuter town. In a non-binding referendum in 1969, 90% of voters in Secaucus chose to leave Hudson County and join Bergen County, as that county was more similar in character and had lower taxes. However, only the state has the authority to change county lines, so it never came to fruition. Today it remains the most suburban town in Hudson County. On February 9, 1996, two NJ Transit commuter trains collided at Bergen Junction in Secaucus when a train operating on the Bergen Line ran a signal and sideswiped a train running on the Main Line; the accident occurred during the morning rush hour just south of the current Secaucus Junction station. With three fatalities, the incident is NJ Transit's deadliest accident and was the first to involve fatalities of the passenger and crew on NJ Transit. New Jersey Monthly magazine ranked Secaucus as its 182nd best place to live in its 2010 rankings of the "Best Places To Live" in New Jersey, after ranking the borough 11th in its 2008 rankings.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town had a total area of 6.599 square miles, including 5.822 square miles of land and 0.777 square miles of water. At the southern end of Secaucus is Snake Hill, an igneous rock diabase intrusion jutting up some 150 feet from the Meadowlands below, near the New Jersey Turnpike. Being surrounded by the Hackensack Meadowlands, Secaucus provides opportunities to observe the recovery of natural marshes in the town's post-industrial, post-agricultural age; some marsh areas in the northeast part of town have been filled to provide a new commercial area, some to build footpaths for nature walks with signs illustrating birds and other wildlife to be seen there. It has the most open "green" space in of any town in Hudson County. Unincorporated communities and place names located or within the town include: County Avenue – from Municipal Building to Secaucus Junction Harmon Cove – along the Hackensack River and Meadowlands Turnpike Harmon Meadow – site of Mill Creek Mall and Meadowlands Convention Center Laurel Hill Little Snake Hill Mill Creek Marsh North End – north of New Jersey Route 3.
The Hackensack River and its tributary Mill Creek create the other borders for the district. The North End is one of the older, traditional residential neighborhoods of Secaucus, which itself has been transformed to a commuter town and retail and outlet shopping area in the late 20th century, it is home to Secaucus High School, whose athletic fields are used by the Bergen County Scholastic League. Nearby Schmiddt's Wood is one of the last original hardwood forests in urban North Jersey; as part of the New Jersey Meadowlands District, the areas along the river are characterized by wetlands preservation and restoration areas. Mill Creek Marsh is park administered by the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission and will co
Beany and Cecil
Beany and Cecil is an animated television series created by Bob Clampett for the American Broadcasting Company. The cartoon was based on the television puppet show Time for Beany, which Clampett produced for Paramount Pictures company and its Paramount Television Network beginning 1949; the series was broadcast first as part of the series Matty's Funday Funnies during 1959 renamed Matty's Funnies with Beany and Cecil, Beany and Cecil in the USA. Another season was produced during 1988. Although a children's show, it incorporated satirical references to current events and personalities that adults found entertaining, the show attracted adult viewers; some of the plots and remarks were recognisable as lampoons of current political issues. Along with The Jetsons and The Flintstones, it was one of the first three color television series by the ABC television network. Beany and Cecil was created by animator Bob Clampett after he quit Warner Bros. where he had been directing short cartoon movies. Clampett originated the idea for Cecil when he was a boy after seeing the top half of the dinosaur swimming from the water at the end of the 1925 movie The Lost World.
Clampett created the idea as a television series named Time for Beany, broadcast from February 28, 1949 to 1955. Time for Beany, based on puppets, featured the talents of veteran voice actors Stan Freberg as Cecil and Dishonest John, Daws Butler as Beany and Uncle Captain. Clampett revived the series in animated form, though Butler did not reprise their roles. On 11 October 1959, the animated series was introduced as Matty's Funday Funnies. Named for "Matty Mattel" the animated spokesperson for its primary sponsor Mattel Toys company; the program was retitled The Beany And Cecil Show, was broadcast prime time Saturdays during the 1962 television season, by the ABC Television Network. The newer cartoons replaced the Famous Studios cartoons of Casper the Friendly Ghost and Little Audrey among other parts of Matty's Funday Funnies. After 1962, the 26 shows were repeated during Saturday mornings for the next five years; the cartoon featured characters Beany, a boy, Cecil the Sea-Sick Sea Serpent embarking on a series of adventures to discover ancient civilizations and artifacts.
These escapades were rife with cartoon slapstick and puns. Prior to the animated series, but concurrent with the puppet show, Clampett created a comic-book series of Beany and Cecil adventures for Dell Comics; the artwork for this series of comics, published from 1951–54, was drawn by Jack Bradbury. During 1988, the show was revived as The New Adventures of Cecil by DiC Entertainment. Only eight episodes were made, only five episodes broadcast; this version of the show was produced and directed by John Kricfalusi, who would create The Ren and Stimpy Show, made use of voices from Billy West, who did voices for the characters Ren and Stimpy. Beany Boy – A young, cupid-faced boy with a propeller beanie cap that allows him to fly. Beany is a good-hearted lad. In most episodes, Beany would be kidnapped by a villain or have a problem too hard to solve, crying "Help, Cecil! Help!" to which Cecil would reply "I'm a-comin', Beany-boy!" as he raced to the rescue. This has become something of a catchphrase.
Beany was voiced by Jim MacGeorge for the 1960s series and by Mark Hildreth for the 1980s series. Cecil – A large green sea serpent with a slight lisp, he is fiercely loyal to Beany but not clever. Cecil's trusting good nature invariably results in him being taken advantage of by the bad people, he suffers a great amount of physical abuse, examples of cartoon physics; the end of Cecil's tail was never seen in most episodes. This is a joking reference to the original Cecil, a hand puppet whose tail was hidden, his neck showed folds and creases like that of a sock puppet as well, another reference to the original Cecil. Cecil's tail did appear in "Beany and the Jackstalk", when his entire body got wound into the tension spring of a giant cuckoo clock. Cecil has a superhero alter-ego known as Super-Cecil. In this guise, he wears a modified Superman shirt, it was Cecil who cried "A Bob Clam-pett car-tooooooo-OOOOOOOOON!" at the opening of each episode. Cecil was voiced by Irv Shoemaker for the 1960s cartoon and by Billy West for the 1980s cartoon.
Captain Horatio Huffenpuff – Also called "Uncle Captain", he is Beany's kindly uncle and the captain of the ship Leakin' Lena, which takes the pals from one destination to the other. The Captain is always willing to instruct Beany and Cecil on their latest assignment, but is rather cowardly and refuses to put himself in any personal jeopardy, locking himself below deck or under a box labeled "Capt. Huffenpuff's Hiding Box" for most of the episodes. Uncle Captain was voiced by Jim MacGeorge for both series. Mouth-Full-of-Teeth Keith – A cowardly and Xenophobic old lion that hid in the first jungle arrived at by the crew. Trying to maintain his isolation from interlopers, Keith would roar threatenly at any passerby or invader of his territory. On first encounter with Keith the crew was terrified of the jungle beast. However, as the story unfolds, Cecil begins
East Coast Comicon
The East Coast Comicon is an annual comic book fan convention that takes place in New Jersey. It began in 2011 as the Asbury Park Comicon, took place in Asbury Park, New Jersey. Due to its expansion and the need for a larger venue, it was renamed the East Coast Comicon in 2015, moved to the Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, New Jersey; the Asbury Park Comicon was founded by Cliff Galbraith of Crucial Entertainment, LLC. The show was conceived when Galbraith attended and observed crowds of people looking through cardboard boxes filled with albums. Galbraith relates, "I said,'Who else looks through white boxes?' And a light bulb went off." Comparing his convention to the enormous crowds of the much larger New York Comic-Con, which takes place in nearby Manhattan, Galbraith comments, "What we offer is a much more civilized, intimate setting. You can spend time with the artist. You’re not hustled along." Galbraith wanted to create a convention that emphasized comics over the film and television promotions around which many of the conventions they had attended had become centered.
The first show took place on May 2, 2012, at the Asbury Lanes live music and bowling venue in Asbury Park, New Jersey. The event featured guests Evan Dorkin, Sarah Dyer, Stephanie Buscema, Jamal Igle, Steve Mannion; the second Asbury Park Comicon took place on September 2012, at the Asbury Lanes in Asbury Park. The event featured artists Evan Dorkin, Sarah Dyer, Dean Haspiel, Reilly Brown; the third Asbury Park Comicon took place on March 30, 2013, at Asbury Park Convention Hall in Asbury Park. The event featured Al Jaffee, Michael E. Uslan, Herb Trimpe, Jamal Igle, Allen Bellman, Don McGregor, Jay Lynch, Rudy Nebres, John Holmstrom, Evan Dorkin, Bob Camp; the third Asbury Park Comicon was attended by 3,800 comic book fans. The fourth Asbury Park Comicon took place over the weekend of April 12 and 13, 2014, at the Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel in Asbury Park, New Jersey. Guests included Jim Steranko, Chris Claremont, Ann Nocenti, J. H. Williams III, Cliff Chiang, Denis Kitchen, Mark Schultz, Box Brown, Andrew Aydin, Don McGregor, Jay Lynch, Jamal Igle.
By 2015, Galbraith realized that the Asbury Park location created too many limitations to the convention's expansion. The Meadowlands Exposition Center in Harmon Meadow Plaza in Secaucus, New Jersey would allow the organizers to increase the number of featured exhibitors to 300, provide a more convenient location to northern New Jersey and New York City, free parking. Guests included Neal Adams, Arthur Adams, Jim Steranko, Simon Bisley, Larry Hama, John Holmstrom, Bob Camp, Ann Nocenti, Whilce Portacio, Steve Rude, Don McGregor, Rich Buckler. Among the panel discussions was one devoted to artist Wally Wood, it was the last comics convention to feature Herb Trimpe before his death on Monday, April 13, 2015. Official website