Boston Comic Con 2013 report

On Saturday, 3 August 2013, I went to the Boston Comic Con, which had been postponed and relocated because of the marathon bombings this past spring. David I.S. had hoped to attend it. The convention was crowded but worthwhile.

BCC 2013 wallpaper
Superheroes visit Boston

I got to the Seaport World Trade Center by 9:30 a.m., and the lines to get in were already around the block. Advance ticket holders like me, Beruk A., and Thomas K.Y. & Kai-Yin H. ended up waiting an hour or more, while those who bought their tickets that day, such as Sara F., didn’t have to wait as long. I hope that the organizers will have more people working admissions next year.

As with last year’s con, which I attended with Janice, it was great to see a diverse range of fans of all ages, races, and genders. Even though the site was bigger than the Hynes Convention Center, which was originally supposed to host the show, the crowds likely exceeded the expected attendance of 15,000 by a significant percentage.

Although it’s too bad that Dave and Janice weren’t along, it was nice to be at the con with a group. I ran into several people I know, including a co-worker and folks from Bedrock Comics, Newbury Comics, and New England Comics.

Readers looking for back issues could find excellent deals on trade paperbacks and graphic novels, and toy collectors had many booths to choose from. There were also several vendors specializing in arts and crafts, if fewer of fan-made films, costume accessories, or tabletop role-playing games.

Getting beyond the dealers’ area were some celebrities and the artists’ alley. Although Walking Dead and Hobbit fans were eager for autographs, we focused on the latter this year. We also didn’t get to any panels or the film festival because of staggered arrivals and the crowds.

I was glad to see comics greats such as Neal Adams, Colleen Doran, Mike Mignola, George Perez, Don Rosa, and Tim Sale. Even though I had met several of them before, we were happy to chat with the likes of David Petersen, Joe Quinones, and Daixong. I bought sketchbooks from some of these artists.

Of course, there were lots of fans and exhibitors in costume. DC and Marvel Comics characters were well-represented, as were anime and videogame properties. There were also some steampunk cosplayers and impressive homemade garb. I didn’t wear a costume because of comfort, but I always appreciate those who make the effort.

I’ve already been to a few local genre entertainment events so far this year, including the Watch City Festival and Creation Star Trek convention. For next year’s Boston Comic Con, I’ll have to plan more carefully to account for the crowds, and I hope that friends will again join me.

In the coming months, I look forward to the Rhode Island Comic Con and the Super MegaFest, as well as possibly the New York Comic Con! Coming soon: Other genre news and reviews, food outings, and game updates….

Boston Comic Con 2012 belated report

I’m sorry that this update has gotten delayed, but as Free Comic Book Day and The Avengers approach, I should take a quick look back at the most recent superhero-related event that I attended. On Sunday, 22 April 2012, Janice and I went to the Hynes Convention Center for the Boston Comic Con. On the way, we had a cheap brunch at a nearby pub.

We enjoyed the show, which featured numerous artists, vendors, and fans in costume. I got autographed sketchbooks from Joe Quinones (who illustrated an evocative Green Lantern in DC’s Wednesday Comics), Stephane Roux (stylish artist of Zatanna) and Jill Thompson (the creator of the whimsical Scary Godmother, among other things). I also bought a formidable Wonder Woman print from Renae DeLiz, and I appreciated finding creators from around the world.

As with last year’s convention, I enjoyed seeing and talking with many talented artists. I had met some of them previously, including Scott Ethan Ambruson, Steve Epting, Ed McGuinness, Craig Rousseau, and Bill Sienkiewicz. There were even more comics legends and independent publishers present, some of whom I’ve found or followed through

It was cool to see several others for the first time, such as Cliff Chiang, Erica Henderson, Phil Noto, Marcio Takara, and Mouse Guard‘s David Petersen. They were all friendly, and I would have liked to buy more artwork, but I have only so much money in my wallet and room in my files and walls. I’m especially conscious of this as I continue getting organized after Janice’s and my recent move.

In addition, I chatted with the guys from Bedrock Comics, Newbury Comics, and New England Comics. My regular subscription is now at the Outer Limits, but I’ll be visiting some of these shops for Free Comic Book Day.

While I didn’t find any of the back issues I was looking for, partly because the show floor area was crowded, there were lots of good deals on graphic novels and trade paperbacks. According to some of the exhibitors, the convention was even more crowded earlier, and attendance threatens to outgrow the venue.

In fact, by the time I found the room for the DC Comics panel, it was full. Fortunately, I could catch up on DC’s new “52” continuity from various reports online, which is a must for big media and fan events such as this or especially the annual San Diego Comic Con.

Fans at the Boston Comic Con 2012
Cosplay at the 2012 Boston Comic Con

Janice and I did manage to get good seats for the costume contest. Thanks in part to anime, cosplay is increasingly popular, and I was pleased to see more female fans (and DC characters) represented. Not all of my pictures came out, partly because of a weak camera flash and large, crowded area, but several other photographers more than made up for that. One of my favorites was a man with an excellent homemade Spider-Man outfit and his toddler as Wonder Woman.

Of course, I look forward to reading the intellectual property that all of these conventions, animated¬†TV shows, and live-action movies are built upon! I also look forward to next Monday’s beginning of Jason E.R.‘s “Glassworks” superhero miniseries, using the Cortex-based Marvel Heroic Roleplaying game.

Finally for now, here’s what I’m currently reading:

DC Comics:

Marvel Comics:

Other publishers:

  • Age of Bronze
  • Avatar: the Last Airbender/Legend of Korra
  • Buck Rogers, Flash Gordon
  • Girl Genius
  • Godzilla: Legends
  • Indiana Jones Adventures
  • Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files
  • Rocketeer Adventures
  • The Shadow
  • Sherlock Holmes
  • Sinbad: Rogue of Mars
  • Star Wars: Adventures, Agent of the Empire, Clone Wars, Knight Errant, Old Republic
  • Steampunk Fairy Tales
  • Steed and Mrs. Peel
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • Warehouse 13
  • Wizard of Oz
  • Zorro Rides Again

Shared by or with David I.S. and my nephews and nieces: