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: Christy Blanch, Danica Brine, Katie Cook, Danielle Corsetto, Ming Doyle, Dawn Griffin, Rebekah Isaacs, Shelli Paroline, Sara Richard, Gail Simone, Cat Staggs, Babs Tarr, 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
407 Highland Avenue, Somerville, MA 02144
Designer and comic creator Chip Kidd (Batman: Death by Design) appears at Barnes & Noble to sign Go: A Kidd’s Guide to Graphic Design on Wednesday August 13, 2014 at 6:00 PM!
Barnes & Noble – Tribeca
97 Warren Street, New York, NY 10007
Cards, Comics & Collectibles, the official retailer and news source for the Baltimore Comic-Con, is happy to announce that accomplished artist Andy Smith, who is inking over Jim Starlin on Marvel’s Thanos: The Infinity Revelation, penciling DC’s Future’s End, and who has provided art on many titles in the past, including DC Comics’ Batman and Marvel Comics’ X-Men Forever, will be signing in-store on Saturday, July 19, 2014 from 12pm to 3pm.
In addition to Smith’s signing, Cards, Comics & Collectibles is also proud to present a store variant Andy Smith cover to Adventure Time from BOOM! Studios, which will be available at the store on Saturday.
But wait, there’s more! In addition to his Saturday signing in-store at Cards, Comics & Collectibles in Reisterstown, MD, we’re bringing Andy with us to Leesburg, VA on Sunday, July 20th for the SuperNoVa Comicon at the Leesburg Volunteer Firehouse (215 Loudoun Street SW, Leesburg, VA 20175), where he will be joined by fellow Adventure Time exclusive artists Carolyn Belefski (Curls) and Steve Conley (Bloop). Pick up your copies of all variant covers at the Cards, Comics & Collectibles booth!
Stop by to meet Andy at the store, and all three creators at the show, and check the show’s website for details on other guests too!
Cards Comics and Collectibles
100 A Chartley Drive, Reisterstown, MD 21136
Fans of pop culture from across the Northeast and around the world will gather at the Connecticut Convention Center July 10th-13th, for the twelfth annual ConnectiCon in Hartford, CT. Founded in 2002, ConnectiCon is the largest massively multi-genre convention in New England.
This year’s event showcases over 7,000 hours of programming spread out over four days including; informative panels and hands-on workshops, special guest and celebrity appearances, trading card games, board games, and roleplaying games, including dozens of scheduled tournaments, console gaming and arcade machines. ConnectiCon is proud to introduce the Northeast League of Legends Tournament with over $6,000 in prizes!
ConnectiCon features main events such as, “Nerd Prom,” which is held Thursday evening at 8:30pm, tickets are available online. “ConnectiCon’s Singled Out!” Contestants, who pre-register online, will have a chance to win a date sponsored by ConnectiCon at a local participating restaurant. There’s also a ConnectiCon Masquerade Event held on Saturday, and the ConnectiCon “Cosplay Death match!” Plus many other fantastic events!
ConnectiCon will host nearly 90 special guests and celebrities including stars of stage and screen such as Noah Hathaway (The Neverending Story), Walter Jones (Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers), Alan Oppenheimer (Masters of the Universe), Janet Varney (Legend of Korra), Jennifer Hale (Mass Effect), Maurice LaMarche (Futurama) and Rob Paulsen (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) and Richard Horvitz and Rikki Simons of the cartoon Invader Zim and Internet celebrity, Doug Walker, AKA That Guy With The Glasses. Joining them are voice actors Chris Cason, Danielle McRae, Ellen McLain, and Lauren Landa, comic creator Farel Dalrymple, and dozens of other talented guests.
Annual memberships to ConnectiCon are available online or at the door, and include access to all four days of the convention, as well as quarterly member appreciation days and other events year-round. It’s fun for the entire family! For more information please go to their website www.connecticon.org or Facebook page.
Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes (A.K.A. Jay & Silent Bob) appear at the Bryant Park Reading Room on Wednesday July 30th from 12:30 pm – 1:45 pm to sign Jay & Silent Bob’s Blueprints for Destroying Everything. Please note: Only books will be signed at this event – No memorabilia.
The Dynamic twosome from Clerks make a rare appearance in honor of their new book, an illustrated collection on how to wreak havoc wherever you go.
Kevin Smith will pre-sign books prior to the event that will be sold on-site, day-of. Jason Mewes will sign books following the event and will be happy to take photos with people who purchase the book. Please note: Only books will be signed at this event – No memorabilia.
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.
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
Writer Gerard Way and artist Becky Cloonan appear at Meltdown Comics on Saturday July 19, 2014 at 2:00 pm to sign The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys! Come say hello, give high-fives get stuff signed and stick around for all the talent that will be present!
7522 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046
Ralph Garman and Kevin Smith bring Hollywood Babble-On: Comic Con Theatre to the Hollywood Improv on Saturday, July 12, 2014 at 8:00 PM for a live reading of Batman ’66 Meets Green Hornet #2!
8162 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90048