Boston Comic Con a Phenomenal Success

When you have a guest roster that boasts comic book icons like Jim Lee, Sergio Aragones, and Mike Mignola, one would assume a good turnout. The Boston Comic Con anticipated more attendees by moving to a bigger venue. But no one could have predicted the crush of people who lined up for hours outside the Westin Waterfront on Saturday April 10th. With a record attendance 60% larger than any of the previous shows, the Boston Comic Con was clearly the place to be.

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There was an excitement in the air that was felt by fans, artists, and vendors alike. Many observations were made to this show quickly becoming the northeast equivalent of homegrown, comic book central conventions in the vein of Emerald City Comicon, Baltimore Comic Con, and the venerable HeroesCon. “This is the show that put us on the map,” said co-founder Nick Kanieff

Newly anointed DC Comics co-publisher Jim Lee was on hand to sign for hundreds of fans, many of whom walked away with a rare and coveted head sketch. He also spoke on a spotlight panel, as did Hellboy creator Mike Mignola, and Eric Powell, creator of The Goon. Eisner Award-nominees JH Williams III, Skottie Young, and Cameron Stewart were all besieged by comic art enthusiasts looking to add sketches and commissions to their collection. And legends like Bill Sienkiewicz, Jim Starlin, and Sergio Aragones met with both fans that have been following their work for decades and those first discovering their work. 

Artist alley was a showcase of the phenomenal talent that New England has to offer. ZombieBomB! co-creator Adam Miller said “The response we received at the Boston Comic Con was amazing! We sold out of our book on the first day of the convention; it was more than we could have hoped for.” Mark Chiarello, Art Director of DC Comics, conducted many portfolio reviews giving advice and encouragement to dozens of artists. He also may have found DC’s next superstar in Jeff Wamester, a local who piqued Chiarello’s interest. 

Sergio Aragones

Overall the reaction has been overwhelmingly positive. In response to the detractors, many of whom got stuck outside on Saturday when the Boston Police Department was concerned about the capacity of the venue, Boston Comic Con assures them that next year’s show will utilize a larger space and feature more programming. As a young show there are always growing pains, particularly when it is a fan-run operation without corporate financial backing. However, most attendees recognize and appreciate the intimacy of the show and the access it gives them to creators. 

This past weekend was a turning point for the Boston Comic Con. After four years of quietly building a convention that New England fans can be proud of, they have established themselves as a destination event. With this kind of momentum built up the next show on April 2-3, 2011 is sure to be one that comic fans absolutely cannot miss. Tell your friends!

(all photos courtesy of Alan Wong. see more photos from Boston Comic Con at the link)

Boston Comic Con Brings More Guests

Boston Comic Con is pleased to announce yet another round of guest additions for their April 2010 show. New England’s largest comic book conventions bring even more stellar creators to meet their fans! More details about Q & A panels, art portfolio reviews, and costume contests to be announced soon!

Read more about our guests!

Joseph Michael Linsner is celebrating the twentieth anniversary of creating Dawn with a stop at the Boston Comic Con! To commemorate the occasion he is offering a limited edition print that is sure to sell out. His pinup style is a huge hit with fans and collectors worldwide. Linsner has also worked on Wolverine/Black Cat: Claws and is the current cover artist for Dark Horse’s Conan series.

JH Williams III is an amazing illustrator known for his work on Promethea, Desolation Jones, Seven Soldiers of Victory, and many, many covers. With an art style that is constantly evolving, Williams continually pushes the boundaries of storytelling and design. His recent work on Detective Comics featuring Batwoman has garnered a heap of critical praise. Don’t miss this rare talent!

Eva Hopkins collaborates with fellow guest Joseph Michael Linsner as the co-colorist on Dawn and co-creator of Dark Ivory. Additionally, Eva has self-published Fear of Flight, an anthology of indie comics, and established Luna Muse Studios.

Mike Norton is one of the hardest working artists in the business. He is currently penciling both Green Arrow/Black Canary and Booster Gold. And when he finds the time, he does the occasional issue on titles such as Queen & Country, The Power of Shazam, and many more.

Franco Aureliani is the writer of the popular kid-friendly DC Comics title Tiny Titans. He is also the co-creator of Patrick the Wolf Boy. Make sure to bring the kids!

Mike Huddleston is the co-creator and artist of ONI’s Coffin. Huddleston’s work has been featured in Image’s Deep Sleeper, DC’s Harley Quinn, and Vertigo’s Mnemeovore. Mike’s most recent books include Gen 13 and When Zombies Attack!

Boston Comic Con is working diligently to bring the very best comic book show to New England fans. Previously announced guests include Jim Lee, Mike Mignola, Eric Powell, Ben Templesmith, Bill Sienkiewicz, Billy Tan, Cameron Stewart, Christopher Golden, Craig Rousseau, Jim Mahfood, Jim Starlin, Joe Jusko, Joe Quinones, Mark Chiarello, Michael Golden, Norman Lee, Skottie Young, Steve Rude, Pat Broderick, and many more! Tell your friends!!

The Boston Comic Con is in its fourth year of producing independent comic book shows and is committed to bringing the biggest and best comic book show to New England. The Boston Comic Con hosts over 22,000 square feet of vendors selling comic books, toys, posters, trading cards, and other pop culture memorabilia. The event will be held Saturday April 10th and Sunday April 11th at the Westin Waterfront, 425 Summer Street, Boston, MA from 10am to 5pm. Admission is $15 each day. For more information please go to our website.

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Boston Comic Con Hosts Comic Stars

The latest additions to Boston Comic Con’s guest list are Ben Templesmith, Billy Tan, Pat Broderick, and Cameron Stewart. Come out and meet the stars of past and present at New England’s largest comic book convention. More additions will be announced soon!

Read more about our guests:

BEN TEMPLESMITH is an Australian illustrator best known for his horror work including the co-creation of the vampire series 30 Days of Night, which was subsequently adapted into a motion picture, and Fell with collaborator Warren Ellis. His other projects include the critically acclaimed serial Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse, Welcome to Hoxford, and Singularity 7, all of which he also wrote.

BILLY TAN is making a big splash at Marvel penciling titles like X-23, Uncanny X-Men, and New Avengers. His latest project is drawing the Asgardian Thunder God, Thor. Billy began his career at Top Cow in the mid-90s after emigrating from Malaysia. Besides drawing comics, he also freelances in illustration, design, and storyboards.

CAMERON STEWART comes to Boston all the way from Montreal. He frequently works in collaboration with writer Grant Morrison on Seaguy, Seven Soldiers: The Manhattan Guardian, and, most recently, Batman & Robin. His art has also graced the pages of the critically acclaimed series Catwoman and The Other Side, for which he travelled to Vietnam for extensive research.

PAT BRODERICK began his career in the early 70s and made a name for himself illustrating long runs on Captain Marvel and Micronauts. Pat has also worked in animation for Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius and other shows. Be sure to check out his new series Man-O-War from Bluewater Press.

Unfortunately Gene Colan has cancelled his appearance at Boston Comic Con.

Boston Comic Con is working diligently to bring the very best comic book show to New England fans. Previously announced guests include Jim Lee, Mike Mignola, Bill Sienkiewicz, Christopher Golden, Craig Rousseau, Eric Powell, Jim Mahfood, Jim Starlin, Joe Jusko, Joe Quinones, Mark Chiarello, Michael Golden, Skottie Young, Steve Rude, and many more! Tell your friends!!

The Boston Comic Con is in its fourth year of producing independent comic book shows and is committed to bringing the biggest and best comic book show to New England. The Boston Comic Con hosts over 22,000 square feet of vendors selling comic books, toys, posters, trading cards, and other pop culture memorabilia. The event will be held Saturday April 10th and Sunday April 11th at the Westin Waterfront, 425 Summer Street, Boston, MA from 10am to 5pm. Admission is $15 each day. For more information please go to our website.

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Boston Comic Con Brings More Guests to New England

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New England’s largest comic book convention is happy to announce several new additions to its guest list for the April 2010 show.  Joining an already impressive roster are painter Joe Jusko, horror writer Tom Sniegoski, legendary artist Michael Golden, and the Art Director of DC Comics, Mark Chiarello! Read more about these creators below.

Boston Comic Con is working diligently to bring the very best comic book show to New England fans. Previously announced guests include Jim Lee, Mike Mignola, Bill Sienkiewicz, Christopher Golden, Craig Rousseau, Eric Powell, Jim Mahfood, Jim Starlin, Joe Quinones, Skottie Young, and Steve Rude. Tell your friends!!

Meet our new guests!

JOE JUSKO is one of the most well-recognized painters in the comic book industry. His career began at age 17 with a cover to Heavy Metal magazine which led to many more covers including a long run painting the covers of Savage Sword of Conan. Joe has worked for almost every major comic book publisher, producing hundreds of images for both covers and interiors, and his Marvel Masterpieces Trading Card series in the early 90s is credited with starting the trading card collecting boom. His recent work includes a fully painted Tomb Raider graphic novel, which won a Certificate of Merit from the prestigious Society of Illustrators.

MICHAEL GOLDEN’s realistic style and dynamic designs have influenced a generation of artists who grew up idolizing his work on Micronauts, G.I. Joe, Dr. Strange, The ‘Nam, Howard the Duck and more. He has also worked extensively in commercial illustration and animation. After a long hiatus from comic books, Michael has returned to the industry to great acclaim from fans and peers alike. The Boston Comic Con is excited to bring such an iconic artist to New England.

TOM SNIEGOSKI is a novelist and comic book scripter who has worked for every major company in the comic book industry. He has written tales featuring such characters as Hellboy, Batman, Wolverine, Devil Dinosaur, and the Punisher. His comic book work also includes Stupid, Stupid Rat Tails, a prequel miniseries to the international hit, Bone. Tom has collaborated several times with fellow Boston Comic Con guests Mike Mignola, Christopher Golden, and Eric Powell.

MARK CHIARELLO is a graduate of Pratt Institute and as a painter worked on Batman/Houdini, countless covers for both Marvel and DC, and was the original colorist for Mike Mignola’s Hellboy. After becoming the Art Director of DC Comics, he edited the high profile and critically acclaimed series Batman: Black & White, Solo, and this past summer’s Wednesday Comics. Mark has also published a book of portraits of baseball players form the Negro Leagues. Boston Comic Con is honored to have him as guest and happy to announce that he will conduct a limited number of portfolio reviews. This is a rare opportunity for artists to show their work to the man in charge of the look of the DC Universe.

The Boston Comic Con is in its fourth year of producing independent comic book shows and is committed to bringing the biggest and best comic book show to New England. The Boston Comic Con hosts over 22,000 square feet of vendors selling comic books, toys, posters, and other pop culture memorabilia. The event will be held Saturday April 10th and Sunday April 11th at the Westin Waterfront, 425 Summer Street, Boston, MA from 10am to 5pm. Admission is $15 each day. For more information please go to our website.

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Boston Comic Con Moves to New Venue with an All-Star Guest List

Thanks to everyone who came out to our last show! It was a fantastic weekend for guests, attendees, and vendors alike. The Boston Comic Con continues to grow in 2010 with a move to a new venue, the Westin Waterfront in South Boston! It will be held on April 10-11, 2010 and the guest list includes some of the biggest names in comics:

JIM LEE is a huge superstar in the comic industry. He created a massive fan following in the 90s drawing X-Men before leaving Marvel to co-found Image Comics. His studio, Wildstorm, now falls under the DC Comics banner where he works on their flagship characters, Batman and Superman. He recently helped create the DC Universe Online MMORPG.

MIKE MIGNOLA is the creator of Hellboy, one of the most popular characters in comics. With two feature films to his name plus animated videos, toys, spinoff series, and more, Hellboy is an international sensation. Mike has also done feature film work on Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Atlantis: The Lost Empire, and is currently working with frequent collaborator Guillermo del Toro on The Hobbit.

ERIC POWELL has worked on many titles including Action Comics, Star Wars Tales, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. But he found success with his critically acclaimed series The Goon. Eric is currently adapting the Goon into an animated feature film with director David Fincher.

BILL SIENKIEWICZ is an Emmy-nominated and Eisner Award-winning artist, best known for revamping the style of comic and graphic novel illustration from 1980 onward, most notably on Elektra Assassin, Moon Knight, New Mutants and his acclaimed graphic novel Stray Toasters. A classically trained painter, Bill’s renderings incorporate abstract and expressionist influences and any combination of oil painting, acrylics, watercolor, mixed-media collage and mimeograph, previously unheard of in comics.

STEVE RUDE is best known for co-creating the groundbreaking series Nexus. He has worked for all the major comic book publishers including Marvel Comics, DC Comics, and Dark Horse Comics, drawing all the major characters including Superman, Batman, Spider-Man, Thor, X-Men, Captain America, and many more.

SKOTTIE YOUNG cut his teeth doing the art for New Warriors, Human Torch, and New X-Men. His current project, a faithful adaptation of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, has garnered him widespread critical acclaim.

JIM STARLIN created waves writing and drawing many of Marvel’s cosmic titles in the 70s and creating the villain Thanos. His work on Silver Surfer, Infinity Gauntlet, and The Death of Captain Marvel reverberate to this day.

JIM MAHFOOD (aka FOOD ONE) got his big break drawing the Clerks comics for Kevin Smith. He has published his creator-owned Grrl Scouts and worked for Marvel on Ultimate Team-Up, What The?, and Generation X Underground Special. Jim is also well known for his live art murals.

CRAIG ROUSSEAU began his career at DC Comics on such titles as Impulse, Harley Quinn, Batman Beyond, and Gotham Adventures. He is currently working on Iron Man: Armor Wars following Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane written by Terry Moore. Craig is also the co-creator of the indie comic hit The Perhapanauts.

JOE QUINONES is a Boston local artist who is on the rise in comics. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, he worked on Teen Titans Go! before being hand-picked to draw the Green Lantern strip in this past summer’s Wednesday Comics. Currently Joe is working on a run of covers for Amazing Spider-Man and an unannounced graphic novel for DC.

CHRISTOPHER GOLDEN is a horror writer who co-wrote the lavishly illustrated novel Baltimore, or, The Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire with Mike Mignola. His comics work includes BPRD, Talent, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Angel. Christopher was born and raised in Massachusetts, where he still lives with his family.

The Boston Comic Con is in its fourth year of producing comic book shows and is committed to bringing the biggest and best comic book show to New England. The Boston Comic Con hosts over 22,000 square feet of vendors selling comic books, toys, posters, and other pop culture memorabilia. The event will be held Saturday April 10th and Sunday April 11th at the Westin Waterfront, 425 Summer Street, Boston, MA from 10am to 5pm. Admission is $15 each day. For more information please go to our website.

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Jim Lee, Mike Mignola, Eric Powell, and many more appear at Boston Comic Con on April 10-11, 2010

Jim Lee, Mike Mignola, Eric Powell, and many more appear at Boston Comic Con on April 10-11, 2010