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.
Writer Peter David signs copies of his new book, answer questions and take photos at Barnes & Noble on Saturday August 2, 2014 from 2:00 to 3:30 pm. Peter is an American writer of comic books, novels, television, movies, and video games.
Barnes & Noble
1819 Reisterstown Road, Baltimore, MD 21208
Chris Eliopoulos appears at Barnes & Noble to sign Marvel Universe Avengers Earth’s Mightiest Heroes on Saturday August 9, 2014 at 2:00 PM!
Barnes & Noble
765 Route 17 South, Paramus, NJ 07652
Skottie Young (Rocket Raccoon) appears at Barnes & Noble to sign Oz: Ozma of Oz on Saturday August 2, 2014 at 2:00 PM
Barnes & Noble
5001 N. Big Hollow Road, Peoria, IL 61615
Jim Starlin appears at Barnes & Noble to sign Thanos: The Infinity Revelation on Saturday August 2, 2014 at 2:00 PM
About the book:
There is an imbalance in the universe. And, since his latest return from oblivion, Thanos himself feels… incomplete. Now the so-called Mad Titan would put both wrongs right. A pilgrimage to Death’s dark domain, and the revelatory waters of the Infinity Well, leads Thanos on a new quest, with a once sworn enemy at his side. A crusade that will bring confrontation with the Silver Surfer and the galaxy’s mightiest heroes, the Annihilators. An odyssey that will change everything. Cosmic maestro Jim Starlin returns to his signature character in a tale of death and rebirth that will transform the Marvel Universe once more!
Barnes & Noble – Union Square
33 East 17th Street, New York, NY 10003
Meet Marvel Comics illustrator, Dan Wallace, at Barnes & Noble on Saturday August 2, 2014 at 3:00 PM for a special Marvel Day Event. For 70 years, Marvel Comics has been entertaining generations with a library of over 8,000 characters! This event is a featured event during our Get Pop-Cultured Month.
Barnes & Noble
Galleria Shopping Center, 3225 W 69th, Edina, MN 55435
JHU Comic Books is proud to present a signing with fan favorite artist, Reilly Brown (Incredible Hercules, DHP: St. George, Cable & Deadpool) for the launch of Marvel’s Deadpool: Dracula’s Gauntlet #1 on Wednesday July 9th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm!
With a fantastic resume behind him, a beautiful style and a great knack for sequential storytelling in his art, Reilly Brown is a talent to watch and one you definitely want to come out and meet!
On Deadpool: Dracula’s Gauntlet #1:
• You saw Deadpool’s marriage to the succubus queen Shiklah, now see their first meeting and romance!
• When Dracula hires Deadpool to transport a highly-valuable delivery for him, he has no idea what kind of trouble he’s in for. Guest-starring Blade, M.O.D.O.K., Hydra Bob, Werewolf by Night and more-hop on with Deadpool for a crazy journey across the world…and into the heart of the Merc with the Mouth!
Purchase of Deadpool: Dracula’s Gauntlet #1 required to participate in signing event.
JHU Comic Books MANHATTAN
32 East 32nd Street, New York, NY 10016
Midtown Comics Downtown
64 Fulton Street, New York, New York 10038
Marco Rudy, artist of Uncanny X-Men, Swamp Thing, and more, appears at The Beguiling to sign his newest illustrated work: New Avengers Annual #1! Marco will be in store signing for fans on Wednesday June 25th from 6:00 pm-8:00 pm, and all are welcome.
601 Markham Street, Toronto, ON M6G 2L7
Heroes and Fantasies
4923 NW Loop 410, San Antonio, TX 78229