July 28, 2014 by Colin Solan
Filed under Animation, Comic Books, Comic Strips, Convention News, Cosplay, Gaming, Horror, Massachusetts, Movies, Other, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Television, Top Stories, Video Games, Webcomics
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 Tarr, Christy 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.
Illustrator Kelley Jones at Barnes & Noble on Saturday August 9, 2014 at 1:00 PM for a special book signing on Space Mountain: A Graphic Novel!
Barnes & Noble
Birdcage Walk, 6111 Sunrise Blvd., Citrus Heights, CA 95610
JHU Comic Books is proud to welcome back the mega-talented writer Greg Pak back to our store! He’s done amazing things for years, resuscitating characters, giving new lives to books, reinventing what you thought was possible and making us believe in characters we thought we lost it for.
His run on Action Comics with Aaron Kuder has been stellar, and we all know how awesome his Planet Hulk saga was. He’s made Turok exist in a new and interesting world, as well as given us some great tales with Batman and Superman.
Greg Pak is now bringing his talents back over to Marvel Comics for a new ongoing Storm series, featuring the much beloved, white-haired, African weather goddess.
Come join us for a great signing with Greg and meet a fan favorite legend!
*Purchase of Storm #1 required to participate in signing event.
On Storm # 1:
“Thief. Goddess. Headmistress. Queen. The X-Man called STORM has always defied a single title. And her desire to better the world has never been limited to only her own kind. On a mission to foster goodwill and safeguard the mutant race’s continued existence in her own way, Storm will travel the globe, confronting man and mutant, god and monster and everything in-between. She will overthrow tyrants, quell tsunamis and strive to see her dream for the world realized. She is STORM, a hero like no other….and the skies will tremble at the sight of their namesake.”
JHU Comic Books MANHATTAN
32 East 32nd Street, New York, NY 10016
Artist Tyler Kirkham appears at Heroes Haven Comics on Sunday, June 15th from noon till 4:00 pm to sign comics! Tyler is currently known for working on titles like Teen Titans, Green Lantern: New Guardians, Action Comics, and World’s Finest. He has also worked on titles such as Strykeforce, Tomb Raider, The Darkness, Transformers, Amazing Spider-Man, X-Men Phoenix Warsong, and Ultimate Fantastic Four to name just a few.
4339 Gunn Hwy, Tampa, FL 33618
Greg Pak appears at Comicopia for a signing on Sunday June 1, 2014 from 5-7 pm! He is the current writer of Batman/Superman, Action Comics, Eternal Warrior, and Turok, also World War Hulk, Planet Hulk, Red Skull Incarnate, Magneto Testament, and Herc (among many others).
464 Commonwealth Ave #13, Boston, MA 02215-2734
Illustrator Drew Struzan appears on Saturday, May 10th from 1:00-5:00pm at the Forest Lawn Museum to screen the documentary Drew: The Man Behind The Poster. Refreshments and a book signing session to follow. Screening starts promptly at 1:00. Free parking and admission. Struzan’s art will be on display till May 26th as part of the Drew & Bob – The Masters of Movie Art exhibition.
Please RSVP for this event as seating is limited. RSVP via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone at 323-340-4792
Forest Lawn Museum
1712 S Glendale Ave Glendale, CA 91205
UPDATE: Unfortunately Manu Bennett has had to cancel his appearance
Hartford Comic Con is proud to announce the addition of Manu Bennett from Arrow (Slade Wilson/Deathstroke), Spartacus (Crixus), and The Hobbit (Azog). He joins an already A-list line up of celebrity guests to join our show including cast mate Katrina Law (“Mira” from Spartacus), Chandler Riggs (“Carl Grimes” from The Walking Dead), Giancarlo Esposito (“Gus” from Breaking Bad), and more!
Please join us at the fastest growing comic con in New England! With appearance by over 150 of the industry’s top artists including special guests Ed McGuinness (Amazing X-Men, Nova), Tim Sale (Captain America, Batman), Jim Cheung (Infinity, Young Avengers), Dave Johnson (Deadpool, 100 Bullets), and so many more.
Hartford Comic Con will take place on May 31 – June 1, 2014 at the XL Center in Hartford, CT. For more information, tickets, registration, and the complete list of guests please check out the website: www.hartfordcomiccon.com and follow them on Twitter (@ HartfordCon) and Facebook!
Artist Gene Ha appears at the Oak Park Library to talk drawing, comics and making a living doing it on Saturday, April 5, 2014 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Learn how to draw anything and get answers to your questions about working for DC Comics, self-publishing and more. For kids in 4th grade and up.
Oak Park Library
834 Lake Street, Oak Park, IL 60301
Special guest Gail Simone joins Marjorie Liu, Shelli Paroline, Braden Lamb, Blair Shedd, Sara Richard, Roger Andrews, and many more appear at Double Midnight Comics on Saturday May 3, 2014 for Free Comic Book Day!
How do we top 2013′s Free Comic Book Day? BY DOUBLING IT! Our 2014 Free Comic Book Day will be DOUBLED, with our usual one in Manchester and one at our new location in Concord! We will be featuring special guests, events and of course, exclusive free comics at each, as well as special sales too! Additionally, we will have a number of local artists, fantastic cosplayers, contests and a wide variety of free comics!
Special Artist/Writer Guests include:
Gail Simone (Batgirl, Red Sonja, Birds of Prey)
Marjorie Liu (Astonishing X-Men, X-23)
Shelli Paroline (Adventure Time)
Braden Lamb (Adventure Time)
Blair Shedd (Doctor Who)
Sara Richard (My Little Pony)
Alex de Campi (My Little Pony, Grindhouse) – Appearing in Manchester from 5-7!
Roger Andrews (Super Hero Squad)
Ransom Getty (Guardians of the Globe)
Kendra Lee Saunders
Peter Vinton Jr
NOTE: free sketches are at the discretion of the artist and not guaranteed.
Cosplay Guests include:
Nicole Marie Jean (cosplayer extraordinaire)
Bellechere (world renown cosplayer)
501st New England Garrison
Ghostbusters of New Hampshire
New England Brethren of Pirates
Rhode Island Comic Con
Pop Culture Expo
Spectacular Batcycle (Concord)
Bumblebee 1977 Chevy Camaro from Transformers
BBQ? Of course! Our grill master and BBQ expert Jareb will be back, making some fantastic grub in Manchester!
We also want to have the biggest group of cosplayers we can amass, so we will have extra goodies to everyone that comes in costume, as well as the BIGGEST Free Comic Book Day costume contest in the US!
We will also be having a HUGE after party in Concord when all is said and done, with a few more surprises. What could we possibly have up our sleeves?
Double Midnight Comics
245 Maple St, Unit 11, Manchester, NH 03103
Writer GAIL SIMONE appears for a Special Guest signing at Travelling Man York on Saturday the 15th February from 3 – 6 pm.
Gail Simone is an American comics writer who has written countless titles for DC such as Wonder Woman and Birds of Prey, she became the writer for BATGIRL in 2011 when DC reached the comic for the New 52 and is also currently working on THE MOVEMENT, as well as DYNAMITE’s RED SONJA.
Other notable works include Action Comics, Suicide Squad, The Fury of Firestorm, Justice League, The All-New Atom, Secret Six, Welcome to Tranquility, Deadpool, and The Simpsons Comics, she has also written for film, television and worked on video games.
Gail has been working on her first story for MARVEL in ten years ‘The Dead Wedding’ featured in Deadpool #27 and on February the 26th picks up Lara Croft’s story where the smash hit TOMB RAIDER game left off in a new ongoing series for DARK HORSE COMICS.
Don’t miss out on your chance to come and meet this Superstar writer and we look forward to seeing you all at the event!!!
54 Goodramgate, YO1 7LF York, UK