Boston Comic Con Roundup
This past weekend, Boston hosted it’s annual comic con. It was hosted at the Hynes Convention Center, near the Prudential Center. And to fans, like myself, who have been going for the past few years, this year was clearly the biggest yet. But with the event being a lot of fun, hopefully the promoters will improve for the upcoming years.
(Sorry for deleting the pictures. If you want to see some, I’ll repost them)
Day 1 (Saturday, April 21st)
There were a plethora of great artists and writers, giving everyone a great chance to get autographs. Some of the bigger names were Steve Epting, Alex Maleev, Francic Manapul, Ed McGuinness, Clayton Crain, Paolo Rivera, and a lot more. While lines built up for some artists, the promoters did a great job of bringing people who only wanted their issues signed to the front of the line. Manapul was doing watercolor’s for people who asked, and it took a considerable amount of time to finish just one. So having people who just wanted their issues signed help keep the line down. One person whose line never went down was Ed McGuinness. His line went through almost the entire banquet hall. Prices didn’t seem as extreme as some of last year’s artists. The ones who were charging the most, Alex Maleev and Francis Manapul, were only charging a lot on the big watercolor paintings. I saw quite a few of them being made, and they were beautiful.
All the artists were personable and loved to talk about their work. Paolo Rivera had a “I’m Not Daredevil” t-shirt on, like the one Matt Murdock wore recently in Daredevil. Original artwork didn’t seem as expensive either. I nabbed an Avengers vs X-Men #1 variant printing by Skottie Young for only $20 (pictured below).
There were plenty of vendors as well, offering a great amount of deals. I nabbed four different trades for the price of two. Naturally some were better than others. A few were a little abrasive when discussing the more expensive comics, which I witnessed turning a few buyers away. What was interesting to see was brand new comics, including some released this past week, were less than face value. Cons are a great way to get into books, so this could be a good way.
Plenty of people dressed up, but nothing to the extent of other comic cons around the country. Scroll down to see some of the better ones on hand.
There were a couple of panels, but they filled up before I could get in. One was on the women in comics, which sounded very interesting.
Day 2 (April 22nd)
Much like the morning after a hard night of drinking, day two seemed sluggish and tired. I entered line an hour later than I did on day one (day one: 7:30, day two: 8:30), and was third in line. Many of the artists were late, but arrived soon after. Ed McGuinness was late, again. I walked over immediately to had him sign Avengers: X-Sanction #1, Incredible Hulk #600, Deadpool: Merc with a Mouth #1 Variant, and Fall of the Hulks: Alpha #1 New Years Eve Variant. But alas, it became to late so I got out of line. All of the vendors had the same deals going, but their stock was depleted. The energy in the room just wasn’t there as the day before. I sadly had to leave before any of the panels.
On the whole, Boston Comic Con was a great time. The vendors were friendly, the artists were very nice, and everyone seemed to be having a great time. One thing the organizers should consider doing is choosing a bigger venue. There were plenty of fans, which made the area quite cramped. This event has exploded in the past few years, so it’s understandable that the organizers couldn’t prepare. In 2011 though, they gave the big name artist their own space, eliminating crowd problems. Lines for Francis Manapul snaked around tables, leaving others to find an alternate route to get around the venue. The help tried their best to keep the lanes clear, but it’s hard when the space in-between tables is very small. On a side note, the workers were fantastic. They went out of their way to help fans find people and answer questions.