August 6, 2014

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You Should Go To Boston Comic-Con August 8th-10th, 2014

Art by Greg Capullo
Boston Comic-Con Preview

I have a great deal of affection for Boston Comic-Con. I read comics as a kid but then didn't pick up a comic for close to 20 years. One of the things that first got me back into comics was when I went (maybe 2007) to Boston Comic-Con, mostly on a whim because of a flyer I saw. It was so much fun and incredibly crowded (it was being held back then in a basement conference space). Since then it's grown and evolved (it used to be twice a year) and moved around, until finally last August it landed at the Seaport World Trade Center, a much larger venue. This year, for the first time, it will be 3 days, August 8-10.

Seaport World Trade Center
A number of prominent writers (Mark Waid, Gail Simone, Scott Snyder), artists (Amanda Conner, Greg Capullo, Chris Burnham, Esad Ribic), writer/artists (Neal Adams, Stan Sakai, Eric Powell, Jeff Smith) will be there.

In addition, the lineup has a strong showing from independent and up-and-coming creators such as Andrew MacLean (creator of Head Lopper), Joey Esposito and Drew Zucker (the upcoming End of Olympus), Scott Springer (creator of Angry Faerie webcomic), Yale Stewart (creator of the JL8 webcomic), Jennie Wood (creator of Flutter and interviewed here), and many others.

If you're a fan of celebrity guests (I'm not particularly, but I know I'm probably in the minority on that point), John Barrowman (Arrow, Torchwood) will be there, as will Jason Momoa, Jewel Staite, Sean Astin and others.

Boston always has a strong selection of retailers selling older comics, cheap trades and other merchandise. If the convention is set up this year the same way it was set up last year, the retailers will be towards the entrance, and once you make your way through, the celebrity autograph/picture area will be off to the side and the back half of the convention space will be the many comics creators. As I recall, in the current space the aisles are wide so there should be plenty of space for people to walk around. I did wait in line for a while last year to get in (even though I have a ticket), so expect you might need to wait some.

The Boston Comic-Con runs from August 8-10, 2014 at the Seaport World Trade Center. Maybe I'll see you there!