You should go to Boston Comic-Con August 11-13, 2017

I'm very excited for this year's Boston Comic Con. It's the 10th anniversary of the show and the way in which it's grown has been really remarkable for me to see. I'm not sure if I went to the very first one, but I first remember attending Boston Comic Con in a cramped basement conference space. Suffice it to say, they've come a long way. It's now run by Fan Expo, this year they're expecting upwards of 50,000 people, and it's moving this year to the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC), the largest convention space in Boston.

A number of prominent writers (Tom King, Peter Tomasi, Joshua Williamson, Ivan Brandon, Meredith Finch) and artists (Greg Capullo, Ming Doyle, David Finch, Joelle Jones, Steve Lieber,  Joe Quinones, Adam Hughes) will be there, among many others.  There will also be a strong showing from independent and up-and-coming creators such as Matthew Rosenberg, Tana Ford, Amy Chu, and many others.  There's a huge artists alley area, so make sure to wander over and look around, you never know what unexpected cool comic you might find. Comic conventions are an amazing opportunity to meet and talk to writers and artists who create the comics you love, and to support them by buying directly from them.

There's a great, wide selection of panels and other events including anime screenings, speed dating, cosplay discussion, drawing instruction, celebrity Q&A, sketch duels, and more.  I'm particularly interested in the comics-related panels such as the Image Comics and MICE (Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo) panels on Sunday.

If you're a fan of celebrity guests (I'm not particularly, but I know I'm probably in the minority on that point),  there's lots to choose from, like Stan Lee, Karen Gillan, Kevin Smith, John Barrowman, Eliza Dushku, Tim Curry, Ming-Na Wen and others who'll be available for photos and autographs.

Boston always has a strong selection of retailers selling older comics, cheap trades and other merchandise (you'll definitely see me looking for half-price trades).  I'm curious to see how the new space will be laid out. I'm sure that in this larger space, things will feel more spacious and there will be an even greater variety of retailers, artists, writers and more.

The Boston Comic-Con runs from August 11-13, 2017 at the BCEC. Maybe I'll see you there!