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.
“Gene the Hackman, top dog, him done the great Walk Around. Not for him the darkness, nor for him the Time of Ice that we know today.”
Evelyn War is a Believer. She knows that in the Old Time, long before the Time of Ice that Masters Fought a war with Them, great chitinous beasts that stalked the world and rended and killed. She knows the Masters set fierce, doglike Aux like her to watch over their sleep and keep Them off their Lawn. She knows that the stories are not just lessons in the ways of the war. Them were real.
But in the frozen ruins of Berlin, Them have not been seen for many years. Now the Aux fight among themselves and say all that was just stories. They scorn Evelyn and mock her warnings.
But as the ice is melting, and the whistling calls of Them can be heard in the tunnels of the U-Bahn once more. Abnett co-created Kingdom with artist Richard Elson and the comics have been collected into two graphic novel collections, Kingdom: The Promised Land and Kingdom: Call of the Wild. FIEFDOM is the first release into the brand new fiction series on Abaddon Books.
Forbidden Planet London Megastore
179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR
Guardians of the Galaxy is a highly anticipated upcoming American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name. In the far reaches of space, an American pilot named Peter Quill finds himself the object of a manhunt after stealing an orb coveted by the villainous Ronan. In order to evade Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a group of misfits including Gamora, Rocket, Drax the Destroyer, and Groot. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand – with the galaxy’s fate in the balance.
Come see rare behind the scenes artwork by artists from the production design, storyboard, and visual development teams.
Bring your questions for the Q&A session and meet the artists one-on-one as they sign copies of the new Art of Guardians of the Galaxy book on Saturday August 9, 2014 from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM!
$5 Admission at the door or FREE w/ purchase of the Art of Guardians of the Galaxy book (seats are limited, standing room available).
Outside books will be subject to a $10 fee.
Front Row Reserved Seats available $20. (see top)
Waives admission fee.
Guaranteed seat in the first 2 rows, only 15 seats available.
No need to wait in line or get to the event early just to get a good seat.
Comes with a free bottle of water.
Guaranteed first in line during the artist signing time.
Get 10% off your book purchase.
Jane Wu: Story Artist
Bryan Andrews: Story Artist
Fabian Lacey: Concept Designer
Jackson Sze: Concept Designer
Andy Park: Concept Designer
Josh Herman: Digital Sculptor
Rodney Fuentebella: Concept Illustrator
210 East Main Street, Alhambra, CA 91801
Marvel Comics artist Nick Bradshaw appears at Strange Adventures’ Fredericton Shop to sign comics and stuff from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM on Saturday, June 28th!! Nick has illustrated the adventures of Wolverine and the X-Men, Ash and the Army of Darkness, and is currently working on the Guardians of the Galaxy!
68 York Street, Fredericton, NB E3B 3N4, Canada
Stan Lee, Michael Rooker, Humberto Ramos, and Sergio Romo appear at AT&T Park on Saturday June 7th!
The Giants invite you and your family and friends to Heroes and Comics Night! AT&T Park will feel like you’re in your favorite comic book, as various in-game entertainment components taking place throughout the game will be centered around your favorite comic book heroes! Your Special event ticket package includes a ticket to the Saturday game versus the Mets, as well as a collector’s-edition “Courageous Catcherman” bobblehead, specially marked and “Hero Approved Certified” by the genius behind the Marvel empire, Stan Lee! Make sure to arrive early as Stan Lee, the genius behind the Marvel empire, will be on-hand and throwing the Ceremonial First Pitch, as well as participating in various other pre-game components! Whether you are an avid comic book collector or just have an appreciation for the creative arts, we hope that you join us for this sure-to-sell-out event! All fans are encouraged to dress up as their favorite comic book characters, and please stay tuned to this website, as more details will be released closer to the date! A portion of proceeds from every Heroes and Comics Day Special Event ticket will benefit local non-profits in the community.
HEROES AND COMICS DAY ITEM REDEMPTION LOCATION: VIEW RESERVE 317 OR 334 UNTIL END OF 5TH INNING
Authentic Stan Lee Hero Approved sticker on every bobblehead!
Saturday, 6/7 vs. NYM 7:05 p.m.
Buy VIP Full Package (Includes 6/7 Game Ticket)
Special Q&A Panel includes:
Michael Rooker of “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “The Walking Dead”
Humberto Ramos, artist of Amazing Spider-Man
The Giants are proud to welcome back Stan Lee, the genius behind the Marvel empire, for a special pre-game VIP experience in the Triples Alley Premium Space at AT&T Park! Lee will be on-hand at this exclusive VIP pre-game party and sharing his knowledge and stories from his renowned career in the comic industry! Each VIP-ticket holder will receive admission to the Triples Alley Premium Location 4:35-6:35pm, complimentary food and beverage (including beer and wine), a collector’s-edition “Courageous Catcherman” bobblehead, specially marked and “Hero Approved Certified” by the genius behind the Marvel empire, Stan Lee, a limited-edition Stan Lee vinyl figurine, only available to ticketholders of this VIP offer, and a custom print from Amazing-Spiderman artist, Humberto Ramos! There will be a special Q&A panel, featuring (all scheduled to appear): Stan Lee, Giants pitcher Sergio Romo, “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “The Walking Dead” star Michael Rooker, and Amazing Spider-Man artist, Humberto Ramos. Unlike any other ballpark setting, this on-field space is the perfect place to enjoy all of the pre-game excitement at the ballpark. Triples Alley, the Giants newest premium location, has it all, including on-field access from which to watch batting practice, early access to the ballpark, and at the conclusion of the pre-game event, a walk along the warning track on the field to get to your seats for the game.
24 Willie Mays Plaza, San Francisco, CA 94107
Jim Valentino, Joe Keatinge, Michael Avon Oeming, Chris Roberson, and Joshua Williamson appear on Wednesday June 18th from 7-10pm at the Portland TFAW’sfor a signing and Q&A!
Things From Another World (TFAW) is proud to welcome local comic book creators Jim Valentino (co-founder of Image Comics), Joe Keatinge (Glory), Michael Avon Oeming (Mice Templar), Chris Roberson (Sovereign), and Joshua Williamson (Ghosted) to the Portland TFAW June 18 for an Image Mega Signing and Q&A from 7 to 10 pm! Attendees can purchase the latest releases from Image Comics and enjoy free food and beer (for those 21+ with valid ID).
Interested in breaking into comics? Meet the creators behind some of today’s hottest books, and learn what it’s like to work for Image Comics! Bring your questions: the Q&A is from 7 to 8 pm, with a signing afterward for Ghosted Volume 2, the Glory Complete Saga hardcover, Mice Templar IV Legend #8, Shutter #3, and Sovereign!
Things From Another World
2916 NE Broadway, Portland, OR 97232
MYP will have some of their books on hand, but if you’ve got previously purchased books, bring them in!
Both Amy & Ming have stories in Shattered: The Asian American Comics Anthology AND Secret Identities: The Asian American Superhero Anthology edited by Jeff Yang
Amy Chu’s publications:
- “So Blue” in the CMYK Anthology Vertigo/DC Comics
- Girls Night Out and Other Stories anthology
- Girls Night Out: Tales of New York anthology
- The VIP Room with Anderson Cabral
- A Visit to the Museum of Chinese in America with Louie Chin
- Scam Fairy Tales with C.P. Wilson III
Ming Doyle’s publications:
-Quantum & Woody by James Asmus
-Mara by Brian Wood
-Guardians of the Galaxy by Brian Bendis
- Comic Book Tattoo (Anthology)
- Fantastic Four #600 by Jonathan Hickman
- Womanthology: Heroic (Anthology)
- Tantalize: Kieren’s Story by Cynthia Leitich Smith
- Girl Comics (Women of Marvel) by Trina Robbins
- How to Defeat Your Own Clone: And Other Tips for Surviving the Biotech Revolution by Kyle Kurpinski
- Jennifer’s Body by Rick Spears
- Outlaw Territory vol 01 TP by Michael Woods
Million Year Picnic
99 Mt Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
Nick Bradshaw, Danica “Karibu” Brine, Kraig Nicol, and Allan Spinney appear at The Comic Hunter on Saturday May 3rd for Free Comic Book Day!
Saturday, May 3rd is the biggest comic book day of the year, FREE COMIC BOOK DAY!
Join us all day long, starting at 8am, for tons of giveaways, big sales, BBQ, meet and greats with local artists, and just tons fun!
Some of the fun stuff happening will be…
-Meet and Great with local artists: Nick Bradshaw, Danica “Karibu” Brine, Kraig Nicol, and Allan Spinney!
-First 100 people get an exclusive Nick Bradshaw Print for Free to get signed! We’ll be giving away the original to a lucky customer at the end of the day!
-Tons of giveaways!
-Free Comics For Everyone (10 per person)
-All Back Issues 15-75% off!*
-All Graphic Novels 15-90% off!*
-All Toys, Statues, and Tshirts on sale!*
*Full details to be revealed on FCBD
The Comic Hunter (Moncton)
465 Main Street, Moncton, NB E1C 1C2, Canada
Boston Comic Con has added several new guests to an already huge list of creators! Marvel Editor and talent scout C.B. Cebulski, who has worked on titles including X-Men, Avengers, and Spider-Man, will appear to conduct a limited number of portfolio reviews. This is a rare opportunity to sit down with Marvel’s top talent scout and show off your talents. More information on the portfolio reviews and the schedule will be announced closer to the convention.
Additionally, Silver Age legend Neal Adams appears at Boston’s biggest comic conventions once again! Neal has been one of the most influential artists in the industry both on the page and behind the scenes. From returning Batman to his dark and gritty roots to campaigning for creators’ rights, Adams and his photo-realistic art have graced the pages of The Brave and the Bold, Deadman, Uncanny X-Men, Avengers, Green Lantern / Green Arrow, and most recently Batman: Odyssey.
Local artist Ming Doyle, whose credits include Guardians of the Galaxy, Jennifer’s Body, Fantastic Four, and Tantalize, is a frequent guest of artist alley. She also co-created the webcomics The Loneliest Astronauts, Boldly Gone, and Mara from Image Comics. She recently drew Quantum & Woody for Valiant!
Artist Alex Saviuk appears once again at Boston Comic Con 2014. Alex began his career in the 1970s on Green Lantern, Flash, Hawkman, and Superman. He became well-known as a Spider-artist with a seven year run on Web of Spider-Man, and has drawn the Spider-Man newspaper strip since 1997. Other recent work includes penciling Stan Lee’s The Mighty Seven for Archie Comics, and another daily comic, The Phantom.
The most beloved man in comics Frank Tieri is a writer whose credits include Wolverine, Deadpool, Iron Man, and Infinity Heist for Marvel Comics; and Savage Hawkman, JSA: Classified, Gotham Underground, and Outsiders for DC Comics. He also worked on the popular Marvel vs. Capcom video game series and the cartoon Ultimate Spider-Man!
Previously announced guests include Jason Momoa, Jewel Staite, Sam Witwer, Simon Bisley, Greg Capullo, Amanda Conner, Danielle Corsetto, Ivy Doomkitty, Adam Kubert, Carlos Pacheco, Jimmy Palmiotti, Eric Powell, Gail Simone, Stan Sakai, Jeff Smith, Scott Snyder, Skottie Young, and many more! For the full guest list plus artist alley, exhibitor, and film fest registration please check out the Boston Comic Con website!
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 August 8th, Saturday August 9th and Sunday August 10th 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!
Things From Another World will open early at 9 am Saturday, May 3 for Free Comic Book Day, an incredibly popular, family-friendly event! Choose up to 10 special free comics from Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, and more (while supplies last), shop $2 and $5 doorbusters, and get autographs from your favorite comic book creators.
Plus: get 20% off almost everything in the store*, and save an additional 5% if you’re a TFAW box customer! Later, come back for the Free Comic Book Day After Party at the Portland TFAW from 7 to 10 pm, featuring free burgers and dogs (including veggie options), complimentary beer (for those 21+), prizes, music, and more.
10:00 am-12:00 pm
* Greg Rucka (Lazarus, Veil, Punisher)
* Terry Dodson (X-Men, Catwoman)
* Steve Lieber (Superior Foes of Spider-Man, Whiteout)
* Jim Valentino (Co-Founder of Image Comics)
* Chris Roberson (Sovereign), Chris Sebela (Ghost), Adam P. Knave (Never Ending), and Ibrahim Moustafa (The Pound)
* David Marquez (Ultimate Spider-Man)
Things From Another World
2916 NE Broadway, Portland, OR 97232