This weekend would have been the date of the latest event to hit the Con scene, Heroes & Villains Fan Fest. However, Mother Nature had other plans and disrupted the event with a blizzard of villainous proportions. New York and New Jersey were buried with close to two feet or more of snow and winds of 45 mph causing white out conditions, grinding any method of transportation to a screeching halt. The storm stretched from Washington, D.C. to New England knocking out power and leaving fourteen people dead in its wake as of last night. Fellow staffer Steven and myself were to attend the show, courtesy of two tickets from Michael “Gooth” Guthas, the press manager at Heroes & Villains Fan Fest. I was personally looking forward to attending Heroes & Villains Fan Fest, along with meeting Erin Richards (Gotham) and Caity Lotz (Arrow/Legends of Tomorrow). I had attended Walker Stalker Con in December, which was excellent, so I knew this show would be great as well.
While many fans and some guests are snowed in this weekend due to the blizzard, the ones who did make the effort to get to the Meadowlands Exposition Center were not disappointed. Arrow’s Stephen Amell, John Barrowman and Katrina Law entertained fans at a hotel not far while Saturday was officially cancelled. They took pictures, signed autographs and on Saturday evening, John Barrowman and Stephen Amell even put on an impromptu concert.
Heroes & Villains has been excellent with its updates regarding scheduling, cancellations, etc. for tomorrow’s part of the event. They have stressed on their website the show will go on as planned Sunday and made a complete list of who and who will not be there, new times for panels and other events, as well as honoring all tickets from Saturday’s show. This, along with the re-scheduling of Saturday’s show with as many of the original guests as possible, shows how committed they are to the fans and the experience. It will go a long way on the comic con scene.