Boston Comic Con 2014 is Next Week

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Press Release:

Celebrity appearances, artist meet-and-greets, a film festival, a Cosplay costume contest, the first official after party and Cosplay Harbor Cruise are among many activities lined up for this year’s Boston Comic Con. Boston Comic Con will bring its first three-day convention to the Seaport World Trade Center Friday August 8 through Sunday August 10, 2014. In the seven years since its founding, Boston Comic Con has grown from a one-day show that attracted an estimated 900 comic book enthusiasts to last year’s record turnout of more than 23,000, which organizers expect to top this year.

“The community in Greater Boston that loves comic books and related television and film is tremendous and growing,” said Nick Kanieff, a founder of Boston Comic Con. “We are home to some of the industry’s most talented artists and devoted fans, all of which will join us in great numbers this August. Boston Comic Con has just enough of a celebrity touch to bring in ardent fans while still honoring the artists and writers who are the backbone of the industry.”

The 2014 Boston Comic Con will feature celebrity appearances by Jason Momoa of “Game of Thrones”; John Barrowman of “Doctor Who,” “Torchwood” and “Arrow”; Sean Astin of “The Goonies” and “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy; James Marsters of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Angel”; Katie Cassidy of “Arrow”; Eve Myles of “Torchwood”; Jewel Staite of “Firefly”; Sam Witwer of “Being Human”; and Darryl McDaniels, aka DMC, of Run-DMC, one of the founding fathers of the hip hop and rap movement, who is producing his own comic about a rap superhero. Celebrities will also participate in panel discussions, Q&As, photo ops, and signing autographs throughout the three-day convention.

Among the 200+ comic book creators taking part in the convention are well known artists such as artist Greg Capullo and writer Scott Snyder, who together produced legendary Batman story arcs as The Court of Owls, Death of the Family and Zero Year for DC Comics. Indie sensation Jeff Smith, creator of the fantasy epic Bone, makes rare appearance at this year’s convention. Also featured is artist Adam Kubert, best known for his work with Marvel Comics on Wolverine, Incredible Hulk, Ultimate Fantastic Four, and X-Men. He is both a graduate of and an instructor at the famed Kubert School, founded by his father, legendary artist Joe Kubert. Other creators include Skottie Young, whose current project, Rocket Raccoon ties in with Marvel’s summer blockbuster Guardians of the Galaxy, fan-favorite Gail Simone, writer of Batgirl, Birds of Prey, and Wonder Woman, and Mark Waid who is the most prolific writer of popular characters such as Superman, Spider-Man, and Daredevil.

Participating Boston-area artists include husband and wife team Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb, Joe Quinones, Maris Wicks, Ming Doyle, Norman Lee, Sara Richard, and several others.

Boston Comic Con is especially proud of its showcase of 14 top women creators including: Babs TarrChristy Blanch, Danica Brine, Katie Cook, Danielle Corsetto, Ming Doyle, Dawn Griffin, Rebekah Isaacs, Shelli Paroline, Sara Richard, Gail Simone, Cat Staggs, Maris Wicks, and Chrissie Zullo.

“Boston Comic Con is at the forefront of supporting local artists, especially women creators. It is truly an organic, home-grown event that has gained popularity over the past few years,” said Kanieff, a Framingham resident who is also an avid collector. “We welcome everyone, from families with young children, to college students, to older comic book fans. There is something for everyone at Boston Comic Con.”

New This Year
The first Boston Comic Con Cosplay Harbor Cruise will take place on Saturday, August 9 from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. The cruise will be hosted by Ivy Doomkitty, international costume designer and cosplayer, and features noted cosplayers including Nicole Marie Jean, Destiny Nickelsen, and Bethany Maddock. After the harbor cruise, Boston Comic Con will host the official “after party” at Laugh Boston, at the Westin Waterfront Hotel. Also new this year, a limited number of tickets will be sold to allow early entry on the first day of Boston Comic Con, Friday, August 8 at 1 p.m., one hour before the general admission at 2 p.m.

Additionally, Marvel editor C.B. Cebulski will be on hand to provide portfolio reviews for aspiring comic artists. And this year’s exclusive t-shirt features Rocket Raccoon drawn by Guardians of the Galaxy artist Nick Bradshaw with colors by Rich Woodall.

“Not only is Boston Comic Con drawing interest from the area’s extensive comic book community, but it’s becoming a destination event that brings tourists to Boston,” said Kanieff. “The growing excitement around this convention demonstrates the strength and vibrancy of the creative community we have here in Boston and in the surrounding region.”

More information about events, artists and celebrity guests can be found on www.bostoncomiccon.com. General admission and VIP tickets are on sale now, as are tickets for celebrity photo ops. Boston Comic Con is also accepting entries for this year’s film festival.

For information on ticket sales please visit: www.bostoncomiccon.com.

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MA – Neal Adams Signing

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Comics legend Neal Adams appears at Comicazi in Davis Square for a signing on Wednesday August 6th at 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm!  First autograph is FREE! (Additional autographs are $10 each) Portfolios, Art Prints, Books and Sketches will be available for purchase!  He is also taking on commissions so now is the time to get a piece of art drawn up by Neal Adams. Email Jason at adams@nealadams.com and Jason will work out characters and prices with you.You can also call Jason at 212-869-4170.

Neal is in town for Boston Comic Con at the Seaport World Trade Center on August 8-10th!

Comicazi 
407 Highland Avenue, Somerville, MA 02144
617-666-2664

MA – Wraith Signing

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Author Joe Hill (Locke & Key, Horns) stops by to talk about his latest graphic novel release, Wraith, and his new graphic novel series on Wednesday August 6, 2014 at 7:00 PM!

Barnes & Noble
1 Worcester Rd, Framingham, MA 01701
508-628-5567

After-Hours Events at Boston Comic Con 2014

iprovnateBoston Comic Con 2014 offers several after hours for attendees to enjoy after the convention floor closes! Check out some funny comedians at Laugh Boston or hit the high seas of Boston Harbor with your favorite cosplayers!

 

1. Brian Posehn at Laugh Boston (Thursday August 7th through Saturday August 9th)

Join comedian, actor, and Deadpool writer Brian Posehn for three nights of stand up comedy at Laugh Boston. Brian will be appearing three nights: Thursday August 7th  through Saturday August 9th.

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2. Crisis On Improv-inate Earths (Friday August 8th) – 10:00 PM

Some of Improv Asylum’s funniest actors take the stage for a wildly paced comic con-themed improv show with scenes inspired by audience suggestions. Content not approved by the Comics Code Authority. Face it, Tiger, you’re gonna love this show. Friday night 10:15 PM after the Brian Posehn show.

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3. Boston Comic Con CosPlay Harbor Cruise (Saturday August 9th) – 10:15 PM

Saturday night August 9th (10:15 PM to 11:30 PM) – Join hostess Ivy Doomkitty for the first ever Boston Comic Con COSPLAY harbor cruise! This event is for Boston Comic Con attendees and cosplayers 21 years of age and older. There will be a DJ, cash bar, and a whole bunch of fun on board as we cruise around Boston Harbor Saturday night partying like superheroes. The boat docks right outside our front door at The Seaport World Trade Center. So, spill on out of the show at the end of the day and cruise on into the night with Boston Comic Con and cosplay special guests Ivy DoomkittyNicole Marie Jean, Bethany Maddock, and Destiny NickelsenPlease remember you must be at least 21 years of age to go on the cruise.

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4. Official Boston Comic Con After Party at Laugh Boston (Saturday August 9th) – midnight

Come be a part of Boston Comic Con’s official after party! Keep the party going after the Harbor Cruise with Doom Kitty or come back for more action backed superhero and villainous late night fun. Hosted by Laugh Boston the party starts at 12:00 AM (after Deadpool writer Brian Posehn’s show) and goes until 2:00 AM. Costumes are encouraged, but not required. Entry is FREE with your Boston Comic Con wrist band for any of the convention dates, or $10 cover charge without wristband. DJ, cash bar, and specialty cocktails provided by Deep Eddy Vodka.

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About Boston Comic Con
The 8th Annual Boston Comic Con will host a three-day convention at the Seaport World Trade Center Friday August 8 through Sunday August 10, 2014. A-list celebrities from the genres of science fiction fantasy, horror and beyond will participate in panel discussions, Q&As, photo ops and autograph signings throughout the convention, alongside 200+ comic book creators from the local region and beyond. In addition, a Comic Book film festival will be held throughout the weekend and a Comic Book art auction will be held on Sunday, August 10. New this year, a third day was added on Friday, August 8, first Cosplay Harbor and the official “after party” at Laugh Boston on Saturday, August 9, and a limited number of VIP entry tickets on the convention’s first day at 1 p.m. August 8, one hour before general admission. Celebrity appearances by Jason Momoa of “Game of Thrones,” John Barrowman of “Doctor Who,” “Torchwood” and Arrow,” Sean Astin of “The Goonies” and “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, James Marsters of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Angel,” Katie Cassidy of “Arrow,” Eve Myles of “Torchwood,” Jewel Staite of “Firefly,”Sam Witwer of “Being Human” and Darryl McDaniels, aka DMC, of Run-DMC.

Boston Comic Con 2014 Kicks Off with Cosplay Parade

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Boston Comic Con, Dick’s Last Resort, Newbury Comics, and Faneuil Hall Marketplace are teaming up for the second annual pre-convention Boston Comic Con Costume Contest on Wednesday, July 30, 2014 from 11:45 am – 1:00 pm. The contest is open to the public and will feature a costume parade around Faneuil Hall Marketplace and prizes for the top three winners. Boston Comic Con will be held August 8-10, 2014 at the Seaport World Trade Center.

Contestants of all ages are encouraged to dress up as their favorite superhero, comic book character, and beyond (all costumes should be family friendly). The contest will kick off with a “Costume Parade” around Quincy Market, beginning and ending at Dick’s Last Resort (Boston Comic Con will also host its annual Costume Contest “Cosplay” during the Convention on Sunday, August 10th at 4:00 pm at the Seaport World Trade Center)

Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners will be awarded. 1st place winner will receive two VIP passes to the three day Boston Comic Con ($240 value that includes a limited-edition T-shirt). The 2nd place winner will walk away with a $100 gift certificate to Dick’s Last Resort. The 3rd place winner will be awarded a $50 gift certificate to Newbury Comics.

Costume contestants should arrive at Dick’s Last Resort at 11:45 am to check in and register. The parade will begin at 12:15 pm and the final winners will be announced at 12:45 pm. Judges will include representatives from Newbury Comics at Faneuil Hall, Faneuil Hall Marketplace  and Boston Comic Con.

akubert-boston-lg-2014The event is free and open to the public. However, space is limited and contestants will be accommodated on a first come, first served basis. Adults and children of all ages are welcome to compete!

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About Newbury Comics
Newbury Comics, a longtime exhibitor at Boston Comic Con, will be located at the Boston Comic Con Exhibition area in the Seaport World Trade Center. Newbury Comics will be giving out free promotional items at Boston Comic Con so stop by and visit their booth! Newbury Comics Faneuil Hall Marketplace store is located in the North Market building and is one of 28 stores all based in New England. Newbury Comics is independently owned and operated by its original founder for more than 30 years and specializes in music, movies and pop culture goods.

About Dick’s Last Resort at Faneuil Hall Marketplace
Dick’s is located in the Historic Quincy Market at Faneuil Hall Marketplace in Boston. It’s just a napkin’s throw away from the Harbor and the Boston Aquarium. Stop by and let yer hair down, enjoy some grub or toss back a few cold ones on our rockin’ patio. It’s all in fun at Dick’s in Boston, so come see why Dick has been infamous since the rowdy times began in 1993.

About Boston Comic Con
The 8th Annual Boston Comic Con will host a three-day convention at the Seaport World Trade Center Friday August 8 through Sunday August 10, 2014. A-list celebrities from the genres of science fiction fantasy, horror and beyond will participate in panel discussions, Q&As, photo ops and autograph signings throughout the convention, alongside 200+ comic book creators from the local region and beyond. In addition, a Comic Book film festival will be held throughout the weekend and a Comic Book art auction will be held on Sunday, August 10. New this year, a third day was added on Friday, August 8, first Cosplay Harbor and the official “after party” at Laugh Boston on Saturday, August 9, and a limited number of VIP entry tickets on the convention’s first day at 1 p.m. August 8, one hour before general admission. Celebrity appearances by Jason Momoa of “Game of Thrones,” John Barrowman of “Doctor Who,” “Torchwood” and Arrow,” Sean Astin of “The Goonies” and “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, James Marsters of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Angel,” Katie Cassidy of “Arrow,” Eve Myles of “Torchwood,” Jewel Staite of “Firefly,”Sam Witwer of “Being Human” and Darryl McDaniels, aka DMC, of Run-DMC.

MA – Cavalry Screening

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Writer/director John Michael McDonagh and actor Brendan Gleeson appear for a special advance screening of Fox Searchlight’s CALVARY to be followed by a Q & A on Tuesday July 22, 2014 at 7:00 PM. Presented by the Irish Film Festival.

Get free tickets at the link SOLD OUT

Kendall Square Cinema
1 Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA 02139
617-621-1202

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MA – Baggywrinkles Signing

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Cartoonist Lucy Bellwood appears at Trident Booksellers on Monday, July 14th at 7:00 pm!

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Have you ever yearned for a life at sea? Wondered what it would be like to sail aboard an 18th century vessel? Been perplexed by the confusing nautical terminology in Melville and O’Brian? Join tall ship sailor-turned-cartoonist Lucy Bellwood as she reads from her educational, autobiographical comic series Baggywrinkles. Whether working as a deckhand on the Lady Washington or documenting the restoration of the Charles W. Morgan at Mystic Seaport, her visual insights into life on board historic vessels will illuminate and delight.

About the author: Lucy Bellwood is a cartoonist and illustrator working out of Periscope Studio in Portland, OR. Since 2007 she has been an avid lover of tall ships and sailing, working aboard vessels up and down the West Coast. In 2014 she traveled to Boston to document the 38th voyage of the freshly-restored 1840s wooden whaling ship the Charles W. Morgan. Her work has appeared in Symbolia Magazine, The Nib, Cartozia Tales, and many other venues. You can find her online at lucybellwood.com or on Twitter as @LuBellWoo.

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Trident Booksellers and Cafe
338 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02115
(617) 267-8688

MA – Grayson Signing

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Meet author Tom King at Friendly Neighborhood Comics on Saturday July 12th, 2014 from noon – 4:00 pm!

About:
Tom King is the author of A Once Crowded Sky, a postmodern super hero novel named by USA Today as one of the best Graphic Novels of 2012. Prior to becoming a novelist, King served in the CIA as an operation officer in the Counterterrorism Center. While in college at Columbia University, King interned at Marvel and DC Comics. He lives in Washington DC with his wife and two children.

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Friendly Neighborhood Comics
191 Mechanic Street (Route 140), Bellingham, MA 02019
508-799-4406

MA – Broxo/Primates Signing

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Maris Wicks (Primates) and Zack Giallongo (Broxo) talk about their graphic novels on Wednesday July 30, 2014 at 7:00 PM! Both will appear on August 8-10th at Boston Comic Con at tables C321 (Wicks) and D423 (Giallongo)!

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1 Worcester Rd, Framingham, MA 01701
508-628-5567

MA – How i Made the World Signings

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That’s Entertainment presents comic book signing events at their locations in Worcester and in Fitchburg on July 2 and 9, respectively. Creators of a newly-released Xeric Grant winning comic book called “How i Made the World” will be on hand on those two Wednesday evenings to sign copies of their work, and to chat with fans and aspiring comic book creators. The event is free and open to the public.

Artist Randy Michaels is set to be at Thats Entertainment, 244 Park Avenue in Worcester on July 2 (4:00 to 7:00 p.m.); both Michaels and writer Liz Plourde will be at the 56 John Fitch Highway, Fitchburg signing on July 9 (4:00 to 6:45 p.m.). Michaels will also be adding free sketches of a character from “How i Made the World” to the covers of the comics purchased by fans.

“How i Made the World” is a semi-autobiographical story about a college student and writer who is assigned a challenging art project; the work begins to consume her thoughts and restless nights until an epiphany brings all the details of the story together. The central character, in the words of Plourde, translates her everyday experiences into epic adventures. Advance reviews from industry websites and publications have praised the synergy between writer and artist, as well as the strong prose, memorable supporting characters and lovely, clean artwork. These are some of the characteristics that propelled this engaging slice-of-life comic to victory in the competition for the coveted Xeric Grant.

Ken Carson, manager of Thats Entertainment, says the comic belongs with other great, non-superhero or alternative comics like Love & Rockets and Optic Nerve. There is a very persistent, devoted market for this type of clever and literary comic. To me, its very character-driven. I really enjoyed spending time in the setting Liz and Randy created.

The Xeric Foundation is a private, nonprofit corporation based in Northampton, Massachusetts, which for twenty years awarded self-publishing grants to comic book creators. The Xeric Foundation was established by Peter Laird, co-creator of the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”. A few years ago, the Foundation announced it would award publishing grants for only a short time longer, changing their focus to charitable work, including fostering environmentalism, literacy, and the arts. Fortunately for Plourde and Michaels, How i Made the World was submitted just in time and awarded one of the final grants. The sole major wholesaler to comic book shops, Diamond Distributors, then accepted the comic for solicitation to retailers, which also gave How i Made the World an important edge over most self-published comics.

Michaels and Plourde, who both currently live in southern New Hampshire, have strong ties to the Central New England area. Michaels works in illustration and TV production, and Plourde currently teaches at Mt. Washington College.

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