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About Us

For over 20 years Big Apple Conventions has presented the most outrageously fun comic and popular culture convention in New York City. Founded and owned by comic book maven Michael “Mike Carbo” Carbonaro in 1995, the show started at the auditorium of St Paul’s Church on 10th Ave. in Manhattan.

In the late 90’s the BACC continued at the Metropolitan Pavilion, and for the 13 years we were at the Pennsylvania Hotel on 33rd St. and 7th Ave. across from Madison Square Garden.

Now we are moving to the amazing, historic New Yorker Hotel (totally remodeled by Wyndham) at 401 8th Ave (still across from MSG on the west side). We call it the Daily Planet Building and think it is the perfect venue for NYs community comic con.

Our convention is the premier boutique comic and popular culture show in the City, chock full of celebrities, dealers, collectors, cosplayers, and folks out for a great time in the City.

Through the central theme of comic books, the convention features a large range of pop culture elements including science fiction/fantasy, film/television, cosplay, animation, anime, manga, toys, horror, collectible card games, video games, web comics, and fantasy novels. Including panels, seminars, and workshops with professionals from various fields, the Big Apple Comic Con also features previews of upcoming films, and a main event costume contest. That is why we celebrate cosplay and costumes with great contests, prizes, and music. Costumes and cosplay are an integral and vital part of our 20 year heritage, we love the art and celebrate the way cosplayers have revitalized conventions by creating a dynamic link between the worlds of comics, animation, cinema, and real life.

Mike is a very active collector and buyer of comics, discs, and popular culture memorabilia, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Covid-19 Protocols for Public Events in NYC

The City of New York has specific COVID-19 related regulations regarding vaccinations and entry for public events:

"As of August 17, people 12 and older are required to show proof they have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine authorized for emergency use by the FDA or WHO."

The BACC takes place in a large corporate owned, hotel. The New Yorker hotel is responsible for checking vaccination certificates before entry. Staff will be stationed in the lobby, BACC is not involved in this process. We urge all of you to get at least one shot before the show so as to respect NYC guidelines.