As geek culture continues to expand the market sees new conventions cropping up regularly. In New England one of the largest, and longest running, is Anime Boston which has been going since 2003 and growing each year. With a dedicated volunteer staff, they fill the Hynes Convention Center year after year with fans of anime, manga, cosplay, and virtually any other stripes of geek. While their guests and programming stick closely to the New England Anime Society’s mandate of concentrating on Japanese pop culture, attendees still represent their individual tastes. Guests such as voice over artists bridge this gap well. This year Anime Boston hosted Cherami Leigh, Mona Marshall, Richard Epcar, Michael Sinterniklaas, and more who have worked dubbing anime television shows and movies into English such as Sword Art Online, Naruto, Robotech, Ghost in the Shell, Mobile Suit Gundam but are equally as well known for their American projects like South Park, Venture Brothers, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Several guest were direct from Japan including Godzilla actors Akira Takarada and Haruo Nakajima (see photo at left) who graciously signed for fans and posed for photos on the convention floor all weekend long. Mr. Takarada also offered hand written calligraphy of Godzilla’s name in kanji as a memento. Furthermore, J-Pop star LiSA played to a sold out audience on Friday night.
The annual charity auction, the proceeds from which benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, saw some records broken when an original watercolor painting of Aang and Appa by Avatar: The Last Airbender co-creator Bryan Konietzko sold for $2,500. Ultimately, the auction raised $23,485.84, its highest amount ever.
Next year’s Anime Boston has been scheduled for March 25-27, 2016!
George O’Connor (Olympians) and Matt Dursin (Robin Hood: Outlaw of the 21st Century) appear at New England Comics’s Coolidge Corner store on Saturday May 2, 2015 for Free Comic Book Day!
New England Comics
316 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02446
Donnie Wahlberg (Blue Bloods, The Sixth Sense) appears on Saturday April 11th from 2:00 – 5:00 PM!
A one-day, rain-or-shine, spectacular event at the new Boston Verizon Destination Store, with chances to win VIP access to meet Donnie Wahlberg and chances to win two tickets to a VIP Meet and Greet Cocktail Reception with Donnie (if you are 21 or over)! Donnie Wahlberg is making special appearances at the store between 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. (Arrive at the store by 3:30 if you want a chance to win a meet and greet.)
Many Verizon prizes and giveaways on hand, too!
Tickets and prizes are only distributed after attendees have completed a guided tour of the exciting new Boston Verizon Destination Store on April 11, 2015. Contest Winners VIP Meet and Greet Cocktail Reception with Donnie Wahlberg: approximately 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. (Attendees must indicate show ID for 21 years of age.)
745 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116
Artist Blair Shedd appears at Friendly Neighborhood Comics on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 from noon till 6:00 pm to sign the first issue of DOCTOR WHO featuring the Ninth Doctor!
Friendly Neighborhood Comics
191 Mechanic Street (Route 140), Bellingham, MA 02019
April 7, 2015 by Colin Solan
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Boston Comic Con has added several guest comic creators, both returning friends and brand new additions, for the 2015 convention! Come meet them at the Seaport World Trade Center on July 31 – August 2. Joining us are:
- Nick Bradshaw: Guardians of the Galaxy, Wolverine and the X-Men
- Eric Canete: Iron Man: Enter the Mandarin, Amazing Spider-Man, Tron: Legacy
- Erica Henderson: Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, The Best Thing
- Phil Noto: Black Widow, Uncanny X-Force, Thunderbolts
- Dan Panosian: Conan/Red Sonja, G.I. Combat, X-Factor Forever
- Andrew C. Robinson: The Fifth Beatle, Justice League United, Hawkman
- Tim Sale: Captain America: White, Daredevil: Yellow, Batman: The Long Halloween
- Babs Tarr: Batgirl
Previously announced guests include: Stan Lee, Hayley Atwell, Robin Lord Taylor, Eduardo Risso, Humberto Ramos, Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez, Tony Moore, Jason Latour, Joelle Jones, Steve Lieber, Annie Wu, Franco Aureliani, J. Bone, Frank Brunner, Michael Cho, Jeff Dekal, Evan Dorkin, Sara Dyer, Gerry Duggan, Mike Henderson, Mike Kunkel, John Layman, Stacey Lee, Laura Martin, Yanick Paquette, Jeff Parker, Kurtis J. Wiebe, Joshua Williamson, Brian Azzarello, Frank Cho, Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Andy Belanger, Stephanie Buscema, CB Cebulski, Dave Johnson, Joe Prado, Amy Reeder, Stephane Roux, Don Rosa, Frank Tieri, and more!
*Please note Sean G. Murphy will not be appearing as previously announced. Boston Comic Con apologizes for the error and any confusion.
**Our condolences to the family and friends of Herb Trimpe on his untimely passing.
Tickets are now available for purchase. Please note that this year tickets will be sold ONLINE ONLY, there will not be any on-site ticket sales.
If you are coming in from out of town, the official Boston Comic Con hotel is the Seaport Hotel which is attached to the show venue (The Seaport World Trade Center).
About Boston Comic Con:
The Boston Comic Con is a 100% independently run comic book show committed to bringing the biggest and best comic creators to New England. Run by fans for fans, Boston Comic Con is not affiliated with any other convention tour or corporate interests. Hosting over 120,000 square feet of vendors selling comic books, toys, posters, trading cards, and other pop culture memorabilia, this is a destination event for geeks of any stripe. This year’s convention will be held Friday July 31st, Saturday August 1st, and Sunday August 2nd at the Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Blvd, Boston, MA 02210. For more information please go to our website at www.bostoncomiccon.com and follow us on Twitter (@BostonComicCon) and Facebook!
Eugene Mirman, Jon Glaser, H. Jon Benjamin, Maeve Higgins, Dan Boulger, and more appear at the Shubert Theater on Friday April 17th at 8:00 PM as part of the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival! Get tickets at the link!
Pretty Good Friends is a Brooklyn-based comedy collective created by long-time collaborators Eugene Mirman and Julie Smith Clem. Their eponymous standup comedy show is hosted by Eugene Mirman, and features his funniest and most talented friends. Pretty Good Friends has appeared at SF Sketchfest, SXSW, Just For Laughs and had its own 10-night run at the Soho Theater in London, as well as its own tour in the U.S. The show was named “New York’s Best Indie Comedy Night” by New York Magazine, who called it: “The best mix of format and talent for a comedy show… screwball stand-up, stories, skits, and short films.”
265 Tremont Street Boston, MA 02116
Meet Batman and Hercules: VIP experiences now on sale for Northeast Comic Con and Collectibles Extravaganza
Northeast Comic Con runs June 20 & 21 at Shriners Auditorium, Wilmington Mass.; VIP experiences are June 19th and 20th
WILMINGTON,Mass. (March 24, 2015) – Fans of Adam West (Batman, Family Guy) and Kevin Sorbo (Hercules, Andromeda) are invited share a VIP experience with two legendary superstars celebrating anniversaries of their first TV episodes. Both fan experiences are just one element of the largest celebration of popularculture in New England, the Northeast Comic Con and Collectibles Extravaganza. This Father’s Day weekend event takes place Saturday June 20 and Sunday June 21, 2015 at the Shriners Auditorium in Wilmington, Mass. (99 Fordham Road). General show hours are 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday; VIP experiences are at 7 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday night, June 19th and 20th.
FRIDAY, JUNE 19: Tickets are now on sale to fans of Kevin Sorbo, the handsome and talented star of Andromeda as well as Hercules: The Legendary Journeys celebrating its 20th anniversary of the first episode. Also held at the Shriners Auditorium Fez Room the evening before the Comic Con begins, tickets to the Kevin Sorbo VIP experience are $90, and limited to 100 fans. This VIP tickets includes weekend admission to both weekend days of the Northeast Comic Con (June 20 & 21) as well as a photo opportunity with Sorbo and a chance to watch the first episode of Hercules TV program, as introduced by Sorbo himself.
SATURDAY, JUNE 20: Fans of the legendary Adam West, the original Batman (and now on Family Guy), can celebrate the 50th anniversary of the star’s first episode with a VIP event at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 20th atthe Shriner’s Auditorium Fez room. The $100 VIP ticket provides fans with achance to get their photo with West and then screen the first episode of the1966 “Batman” TV program, introduced by West himself.
Both VIP experiences include free gaming playon the exclusive Starship Horizon bridge simulator as well as liveentertainment, free soft drinks and snacks and a cash bar.
More about Northeast ComicCon: Thisyear’s event features a40,000 sq. ft. entertainment experience for all nerds and the people who lovethem. Highlights include cosplay for all ages with“Create-A-Hero/Villain/Character” contests and a Cosplay Death Match andCosplay Dating Game, free-play video game arcade and tournaments, workshops forK!DZ, and celebrity autograph signings and panel sessions. Guests can shop at150 vendors of vintage and modern toys, comic books, collectibles, art,jewelry, fashion and pop cultural artifacts. In between Father’s Day shopping,guests of all ages will enjoy music, contests and entertainment to marvel atbetween sessions and booths.
Withfree parking, regular Northeast Comic Con admission ticket prices are among thelowest in the industry. Advanced tickets are now available for purchase online;ticket prices will be higher at the door. Children under 7 are free whenaccompanied by an adult.
For schedules, VIP packages and advance tickets, visit NortheastComicCon.net.For show inquiries, email email@example.com. For media and sponsorship inquiries,contact Julie Dennehy, Dennehy PR, Julie@dennehypr.com.
Joe St. Pierre signs at Silver Moon Comics on Wednesday, April 8th at 5:30 pm! Joe’s work can be found in Spider-Man 2099, Venom: Tooth and Claw, Venom: Along Came A Spider, Amazing Spider-Man: Ben Reilly Epic and some Valiant titles.
Silver Moon Comics & Collectibles
1 E India Square Mall – Museum Pl Mall #131, Salem, MA 01970
This April, NBM Publishing, one of the pioneers in graphic novel publishing in the US for 37 years and a leader in literary comic art, proudly launches a sweepingly beautiful biography docudrama of the life of Christian Dior from the launch of his house and his “New Look” in Girl in Dior.
One of France’s grand dames of comic art, Annie Goetzinger, will be on hand for the premiere of Girl in Dior at MoCCA Arts Festival, one of her many appearances while visiting the United States. Other appearances include a panel at the French Embassy co-sponsored by Christian Dior Couture US and moderated by Dior House illustrator, Bil Donovan and a signing/art display at New York’s Kinokuniya Bookstore.
The Girl in Dior is Clara, a freshly hired chronicler, fan of fashion and our guide in the busy corridors of the brand new house of Christian Dior. It’s February 12, 1947 and the crème de la crème of Paris Haute Couture is flocking to the momentous event of Dior’s first show. In a flurry of corolla shaped skirts, the parade of models file down the runway. The audience is mesmerized: it’s a triumph! Carmel Snow of Harper’s Bazaar cries out: “It’s quite a revolution, your dresses have such a new look!“ Dior’s career is launched and Clara’s story begins. Soon, she is picked by Dior himself to be his model…
A biography docudrama marrying fiction and the story of one of the greatest couturier in history, it is also a breathless and stunning presentation of his best designs such as Lauren Bacall wore, rendered by bestselling artist Annie Goetzinger, seen for the first time on this side of the Atlantic.
Below please find Annie Goetzinger’s appearance schedule.
April 10, 2015 6:00 PM
Kinokuniya Bookstore, 6th Ave. Between 40th and 41st Street. New York
Signing and Exhibit of Original Art from the Book (The art will be up early April through the middle of the month)
April 11 and 12, 2015
MoCCA Fest, Center 548, W. 22nd Street. New York
Premiere of Girl in Dior and signing at NBM Booth (401, 402) throughout the weekend. Original art will also be on display.
Annie will appear on the panel, Biography: The Lives of Artists on Sunday at 12:30 alongside James Romberger, Marguerite Van Cook and Barbara Stok.
April 13, 2015 7:00PM
French Embassy, 972 Fifth Avenue (at the corner of 79th), New York
Dior House artist Bil Donovan will moderate a discussion with Annie, followed by a signing at the new “Albertine” bookstore. Event co-sponsored by Dior.
April 14, 6:30PM
Cambridge Public Library
Talk and signing. Organized by Million Year Picnic, Boston
April 15, 4:00PM
Conference at Smith College
“Girl in Dior: A Conversation With Annie Goetzinger About Fashion, Art, and Her Latest Graphic Novel”.
April 16, 4:00 PM
Annie Goetzinger Discusses Girl in Dior.
April 19, 2:00PM
University of Florida
Annie Goetzinger Discusses Girl in Dior.
April 21, 8:00PM
Books & Books, 65 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables, FL
Inauguration of the French Corner, signing.
April 22, 6:30PM
Books & Books, Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour, FL
Presentation and Signing. Cocktail hour
Writer Frank Tieri appears on Saturday, May 2, 2015 from noon till 6:00 pm at The Hall of Comics for Free Comic Book Day!
The Hall of Comics
3 Turnpike Rd, Southborough, MA 01772