Jim Balent, Rags Morales Added To Garden State Comic Fest In AC

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Jim Balent and Rags Morales are the latest comic talent that have been added to an already impressive guest list for Garden State Comic Fest in Atlantic City.

The new Garden State Comic Fest taking place this April in Atlantic City, NJ is shaping up to be one hell of a show.

A steady stream of guest announcements have been coming almost nonstop for weeks on the show’s Facebook page. Every indication is that this will be a show that comic book fans who have become burned out by Hollywood and pop culture invading their favorite cons will absolutely love.

The two latest guest announcements bear this out as over the last week GSCF has revealed that both Jim Balent and Rags Morales will be attending the Atlantic City convention.

If you were a fan of the first-ever Catwoman ongoing series form the early 1990s, then the name Jim Balent really needs no introduction. Balent drew the the bulk of the first 77 issues of the title and for many created the definitive visuals for the character.

After working in the Batman family of books for a number of years, Balent decided to go out on his own and self-publish his own creator-owned comic Tarot: Witch of the Black Rose. Published through his Broadsword Comics company, Tarot is an incredibly NSFW series that follows a warrior witch as she does battle with the forces of evil. Balent has said that through the series he hopes to teach readers about Wicca and the art of witchcraft.

Rags Morales is another name that should be very familiar to comic book fans everywhere. He is probably best known for his work as the artist on Identity Crisis with writer Brad Meltzer. The miniseries, which is still talked about today, helped usher in a new era for DC Comics that saw more grounded, dramatic storytelling across their line.

Morales also worked with Grant Morrison to retell the origins of Superman in the relaunched Action Comics as part of the New 52. Over time Morales has had his name associated with some of the best-selling DC titles ever, including Blackest Night and Countdown to Infinite Crisis.

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So as you can see, the new Atlantic City edition of Garden State Comic Fest is going to be one hell of a show.

The convention takes place on April 7-8 at the Showboat located right on the Atlantic City boardwalk. Tickets are still available on the GSCF website but they’re going fast.

See you there.

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David Goodman is a writer, proud Philadelphian, avid comic book reader and passionate Sixers fan. He can currently be found writing about comic books and pop culture for The Fanboy Review and running Shattered Backboard, a blog covering the world of women's basketball.

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