From September 8th-9th I had the pleasure of attending Heroes & Villains Fan Fest NJ for the second year in a row. For those who don’t know, Heroes & Villains Fan Fest or HVFF, was created by Stephen Amell (Green Arrow) and the people from the Walker Stalker conventions. This years HVFF boasted many talented actors from our favorite comic book shows and movies such as Ray Fisher (Cyborg, Justice League), Candice Patton (Iris West, The Flash), Tyler Hoechlin (Superman, Teen Wolf), Colton Haynes (Roy Harper, Arrow, Teen Wolf), Robbie Amell (Ronnie Raymond/Firestorm, The Flash), Victor Garber (Martin Stein/Firestorm, Legends of Tomorrow), Franz Drameh (Jefferson Jackson/Firestorm, Legends of Tomorrow), David Ramsay (John Diggle, Arrow), Matt Ryan (John Constantine, Legends of Tomorrow), David Mazouz (Bruce Wayne, Gotham) and many more actors from Gotham, Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, and Legends of Tomorrow.
This year’s event was held in a smaller location (Edison, NJ) than last year but the smaller location made the event feel even more personable. The lines weren’t long, there was plenty of space, and the vendors were just as good as last year with plenty of art, comics, and memorabilia to go around. Over the 2 days we had many great panels, such as FIRESTORM with Victor Garber, Franz Drameh & Robbie Amell, GOTHAM with David Mazouz, Robin Lord Taylor, Sean Pertwee, Drew Powell & Erin Richards, ARROW VETS with David Ramsay & Colton Haynes, CYBORG with Ray Fisher, THE FLASH with Candice Patton & Hartley Sawyer, SUPERMAN with Tyler Hoechlin and ARROW NEW SCHOOL with Kirk Acevedo, Juliana Harkavy, Rick Gonzalez, Echo Kellum & Josh Segarra. The panels were top notch this year.
Among new things brought to HVFF NJ this year was HVFF Live! a moderated interview with some of the special guests at the con that was separate from the panels, an archery game to see if being a vigilante is in your future, and a Stranger Things inspired background, the perfect photo opportunity. With all the games, panels, vendors, and food, HVFF NJ was once again a raging success. If there was one gripe I had about the event it was that there was no Stephen Amell…again. I know your a busy man, Mr. Arrow, but please make it to Jersey next year, I’ll be there again, waiting.