More than 100 people attended the Ocean County Library’s tribute to Batman held last night at the Toms River Branch. Members of the Toms River Branch Reference Department coordinated the event which celebrated the DC Comics character’s 75th anniversary.
A replica of the 1960s Batman TV series Batmobile was parked in front of the branch for photos. Many happy customers enjoyed sitting in the vehicle. Across the street was a Manchester Township resident’s customized Batmobile that added to the atmosphere of the event.
Some fans dressed as their favorite superhero/ supervillain for a costume contest. Attendees also had the chance to create their own comic book, to be immortalized by Toms River artist Howard Bender who drew free caricatures and listen to a 1950s Batman radio play.
The two hour event included a Batman trivia contest and Batman panel. The panel focused on Batman’s history beyond comic books from a 1940s movie serial to the campy 1960s TV series right up to the new Fox TV show “Gotham” that focuses on the life of a young Bruce Wayne after his parents have been murdered and the corrupt city that Batman would protect years later.
The Ocean County Library Reference Department wishes to thank voice artist Kevin Conroy who provided a voice clip to promote the event. Conroy was the voice of Batman in the 1990s Batman animated series.
Special thanks also goes out to Jeff Breeden who provided the Batmobile, the Friends of the Ocean County Library for sponsoring the event, Conquest Comics of Bayville for providing prizes and participating, Howard Bender for lending out his artistic talent, WOBM FM’s Sean & Sue Show for promoting the celebration, Dynamite Comics of Mt. Laurel for providing raffle prizes and Party Fair for providing a raffle prize.
You can view a gallery of photos from the event here.