#43: Will Hesketh & Jay Cochran – Bangor Comic and Toy Con

This week marks the return of Will Hesketh and Jay Cochran of the Bangor Comic and Toy Con! Will and Jay are here to recap the 2022 event, plus preview Weekend of the Wicked and Maine Comic and Toy Con!

The Bangor Comic and Toy Con took place over April 22-24, 2022 at the Bangor Mall on Stillwater Ave in Bangor, Maine. The convention came only six months following the 2021 con, which was delayed multiple times due to the pandemic.

Attending the convention as celebrity guests were Kane Hodder (Friday The 13th, Hatchet); R.A. Mihailoff (Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Hatchet II); Roger Jackson (Scream, The Powerpuff Girls); Jim Winburn (Halloween, Tron, Escape From New York); Matt Lintz (The Walking Dead, Ms. Marvel); Phillip Glasser (An American Tale, An American Tale: Fievel Goes West, Troll In Central Park, Secret of NIMH 2); Randy Havens (Stranger Things, Stargirl, Godzilla: King of the Monsters); Joshua Mikel (The Walking Dead, Ozark, Black Lightning); and Kenny James (Voice of Bowser).

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Comic book creators such as Joseph Schmalke (We Don’t Kill Spiders, Murder Hobo); Tony Fleecs (Stray Dogs, Star Wars: Adventures, My Little Pony); Bob Tkacik (Good Boy Paws); Shawn French (Epic Tavern, Escape From Jesus Island); Steve Mardo (Epic Tavern – Tales From The Fantastical Crime Unit); Ben Goldsmith (Second Place, Seance Room); and more joined the event!

Additionally, BCTC had a large anime contingency this year with Johnny Yong Bosch (Demon Slayer, Bleach, My Hero Academia, Akira); Trina Nishimura (Attack on Titan, My Hero Academia, Fullmetal Alchemist); Sonny Strait (Dragonball Z, One Piece, My Hero Academia); Tyler Walker (My Hero Academia, Attack on Titan, One Piece); Christopher Wehkamp (My Hero Academia, Tokyo Goul:re, Attack on Titan); and Kent Williams (Dragonball, Dragonball Z, Fruits Basket, My Hero Academia).

The event welcomed over 7,500 attendees, which is a new Bangor Comic and Toy Con record.

Moving to the next event, the Bangor Comic and Toy Con announced Weekend of the Wicked to take place at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor, Maine from September 30-October 2. Already announced celebrity guests include David Naughton (An American Werewolf in London); Tony Daniels (X-Men: The Animated Series, Marvel vs. Capcom); and Lenore Zann (X-Men: The Animated Series, X-Men ’97).

Comic book creator Ben Bishop (TMNT, The Last Ronin, Aggregate, Drawing Blood) has also been announced as a guest.

Lastly, the weekend is full of vendors and more! Purchase tickets at bangorcomicandtoycon.com!

Be sure to check out our review of the Moon Knight television series.

Need some back issues to fill a gap in your collection? Find comics here!

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