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|The NorthEast Comic Con & Collectibles Extravaganza is a family friendly entertainment event featuring all things that appeal to fans of Comics, Collectibles, Movies, Television, Video Games, Cosplay, Personal Experiences, Nerd, Geek and Pop Culture.
Celebrities signing autographs plus professional photo ops with the stars.
Artists include numerous comic book, fantasy, sci-fi, horror and cartoon creators.
Live entertainment is featured all day with Music, Panels, Workshops, stand up comics, table top gaming, free play video gaming on vintage and modern systems.
NECC KIDZ area includes lots of fun and educational activities all weekend including puppet performances and workshops with Bill Diamond of “Jim Henson’s Fraggle Rock” and “Little Shop of Horrors,” mask making with Eric Bornstein, drawing and story creation with Kids Comic Con hosts Alex Simmons of Archie Comics and educator Mike Lopez, plus coloring and other fun.
The Holiday Shopping Show for Nerds and the People who Love Them.
Free Parking and Guaranteed Not Boring.
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99 Fordham Rd
Wilmington, Massachusetts 01887
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Educator, cartoonist, and animator Scott Lincoln (creator of long-running cartoon strip Ralf the Destroyer) appears at the Norman Rockwell Museum on Monday December 26th through Friday December 30th from 1:00 – 4:00 PM to lead a series of cartooning workshops in conjunction with the NRM’s special exhibition, “Hanna-Barbera: The Architects of Saturday Morning.”
Norman Rockwell Museum
9 Route 183, Stockbridge, MA 01262
George Takei will take the Boch Center Wang Theatre stage on Friday, February 3, 2017 to share fascinating and humorous behind-the-scenes stories from portraying the original “Mr. Sulu” in the Star Trek television series and movies. The evening will also include a screening of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and an audience-led Q&A. Tickets available at the link…
With a career spanning five decades, George Takei is known around the world for his founding role in the acclaimed television series Star Trek, in which he played Hikaru Sulu, helmsman of the Starship Enterprise. But George Takei’s story goes where few stories have gone before. From a childhood spent with his family wrongfully imprisoned in a Japanese Internment Camp during WWII, to becoming one of the country’s leading figures in the fight for social justice, LGBTQ rights, and marriage equality, George Takei remains a powerful voice on issues ranging from politics to pop culture. Currently, Takei hosts the AARP-produced YouTube series Takei’s Take, and is the subject of To Be Takei (2014), a documentary on his life and career. On his own YouTube channel, Takei and his husband Brad bring viewers into their personal life in the “heightened reality”-webseries, It Takeis Two.
270 Tremont St, Boston, Massachusetts 02116
Superstar comic book artist Ed McGuinness appears at the Hall of Comics on Saturday,
January 7, 2017 **JANUARY 14TH** for a signing from 1:00 – 4:00 PM! The shop will have available for purchase and signature an exclusive variant cover by Ed of Marvel’s All-New Hulk #1. Ed’s most famous work includes the Red Hulk story, “Public Enemies” in Batman/Superman, Deadpool, Nova, and currently Spider-Man/Deadpool.
The Hall of Comics
3 Turnpike Rd, Southborough, MA 01772
Roxane Gay, best-selling author and pundit, will examine social critique and innovative reasoning on race, gender, and identity at a public lecture “Flashpoint!” on Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 7:00pm in the Gamble Auditorium.
A Student Leadership Workshop “Writing With Courage” will be presented by Roxane Gay on Friday, February 17, 11:30-3:30. Pre-registration will be available in January 2017.
About Roxane Gay:
Roxane Gay’s work garners international acclaim for its reflective, no-holds-barred exploration of feminism and social criticism. With a deft eye on modern culture, she brilliantly critiques its ebb and flow with both wit and ferocity. Words like “courage,” “humor,” and “smart” are frequently deployed when describing Roxane Gay. Her collection of essays, Bad Feminist, is universally considered the quintessential exploration of modern feminism. NPR named it one of the best books of the year and Salon declared the book “trailblazing.” Her powerful debut novel, An Untamed State, was long listed for the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize. Her latest book Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body is a painstaking examination of body image.
Gay is a contributing op-ed writer for The New York Times, co-editor of PANK and was the nonfiction editor at The Rumpus. Her writing has also appeared in McSweeney’s, The Nation and many other publications. Roxane fronts a small army of avid fans on social media and when she finds the time, she dominates the occasional Scrabble tournament.
Mount Holyoke College
50 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075
Anime Boston, the largest anime convention in New England, announced its first guest of honor today. J-pop/rock duo Puffy AmiYumi will be performing at Anime Boston at the Hynes Convention Center, Boston, MA, on March 31 through April 2, 2017.
Puffy AmiYumi are one of the most famous music icons in Japan, where they are a household name synonymous with all things pop and fun. Featuring dual vocalists Ami Onuki and Yumi Yoshimura, the group has reached enormous success with their pop/rock songs, but are also loved for their effortlessly cool and nonchalant fashion styles. Debuted in 1996, the duo are still in high demand after 20 colorful years, glittered with dozens of commercial endorsements, sold-out tours, and a total of 20 million CDs sold to date.
“We are incredibly proud to able to host musical superstars, Puffy AmiYumi. For many of us, Puffy AmiYumi was our introduction to Japanese rock music through their appearances on American television. Now, Anime Boston can show them how much they mean to us!” said Victor Lee, Convention Chairman.
Over the course of their 20-year career, Puffy AmiYumi have released 11 full-length albums, 37 singles, 3 greatest hits albums, 5 special project albums, and 5 North American albums. Puffy AmiYumi have won numerous prestigious awards in Japan including: “Best Newcomer” at the Japan Record Awards (equivalent of the Grammys) and “Pop Album of the Year” at the Japan Gold Disc Awards. Most recently, Puffy AmiYumi have been scheduled to participate in the 67th NHK Kōhaku Uta Gassen taking place on New Year’s Eve 2016.
Their fame also extends to the US, where they are well known for performing the theme song to “Teen Titans” and also launching their namesake series, “Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi” in 2004 on Cartoon Network, which aired in over 110 countries worldwide.
Still at the forefront of pop culture in Japan, Puffy AmiYumi are now celebrating their 20th anniversary with more surprises up their fashionable sleeves.
About Anime Boston: With nearly 27,000 attendees in 2016, Anime Boston is an annual three-day Japanese animation convention held in Boston, Mass. Anime Boston 2017 is scheduled for Friday, March 31 through Sunday, April 2 at the Hynes Convention Center and Sheraton Boston Hotel. More information about Anime Boston can be found at www.animeboston.com.
About New England Anime Society, Inc.: The New England Anime Society was founded in 2001. Based in Massachusetts, The New England Anime Society, Inc. is parent organization of Anime Boston and is dedicated to furthering public education and understanding of the Japanese language and culture through visual and written media. More information about The New England Anime Society is available at www.neanime.org.
Harvard Book Store welcomes YA novelist Alexandra Bracken, the New York Times–bestselling author of The Darkest Minds series, on Tuesday, January 3, 2017 at 7:00 PM for a reading from WAYFARER, her follow-up to PASSENGER.
Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138
Artist Craig Rousseau (The Perhapanauts, Kyrra: Alien Jungle Girl, Batman Beyond) appears at The Hall of Comics on
Saturday December 17, 2016 Saturday, January 21, 2017 from 11:00 AM till 3:00 PM!
Craig will generously be doing sketches on request in exchange for $25 worth of new, unopened domestic items that will benefit Pathways Family Shelter. Suggested items are diapers, pots & pans, non-perishable foods, personal hygiene products, gift certificates to grocery stores, department stores and gas stations. (Sketches are on a first-come, first-served basis. One character per sketch, one sketch per household. We don’t want Craig’s hand to fall off). The shop will also offer an original, limited edition STAR WARS themed holiday print by Craig – available that day only!
The Hall of Comics
3 Turnpike Rd, Southborough, MA 01772