What I Saw at Boston Comic Con

I met these Thor people!

I met these Thor people!

What can I say? It was fun! Friday was a good day to go. It was full but quiet and people were so amazingly nice. I love the artists’ booths. I met so many great people who were just willing to talk about their work and how drawing made them happy. I grew up in nerd culture and my husband did not, and even he mentioned that “comic book people” are very inclusive. We saw a few disabled kids join some tables like they belonged there, and witnessed new friendships being struck up over card games and sketchbooks. I think nerds are just aware that we’re all nerds: hey, you got a wedgie in high school? Screw popular people, man. Check out this new Spider-Man variant.

I was very impressed with the cosplay this year too. Check out this iron man:

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There was a GREAT batman walking around too…there were kids in line for pictures with him, but he had to decline after about the 500th because, as he said (in authentic, raspy Batman voice), “Sorry guys, I have to pee.” It made my day.

2015-07-31 13.24.36 And the artists! Where to start? I saw Michael Cho who was selling prints for only $35 a pop (cash only) I love his stuff and want to decorate my kids’ room with it! I met Amy Reeder who draws Rocket Girl and she signed a copy of a trade paperback for me, and was a genuinely lovely person who was happy with her profession and willing to share that joy.

I was also impressed with the Indie scene: I met Mark Willis of Indie Comic Review and chatted with him about his efforts to give more attention to non DC/Marvel artists and writers who deserve a following. I checked out the webpage and I found some titles I’d be very interested in reading. He’s also looking to promote writers and artists so drop him a line to get involved!

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Other mentions: Chrissie Zullo, David Thorn- Wenzel (his prints were $200 a pop) and the good folks from Boston Comics Roundtable who invited me to come to their mini comic workshop. I’m tempted- meeting other artists and getting small press published? Sounds fun to me! I also loved the folks at Comicazi, who are just located in Somerville! I’ll be sure to drop in when I have the notion and bring my dinosaur-loving kiddos.

Speaking of kiddos, I didn’t bring mine, but there was a Lil Cthulhu plushie that I was tempted by:

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Cute, right?

To Con or not to Con?

I’m going to Boston’s comic-con this July, and I’m pretty excited.  I remember going to a few small cons in Ohio with my dad when I was but wee. The last time I went was in 2012, and there were a few things about it that were different than what I was used to:

1.) Cosplayers had taken over.  We couldn’t turn around without bumping into someone dressed like the Joker or a Star Wars character.

2.) All of the events were centered around meeting actors in TV shows or movies.

I guess this isn’t bad, but you can’t beat jawing with a comic book artist you admire, and those opportunities don’t seem to be what is driving the experience anymore. I guess I’ll see a few actors, but standing in line for hours to say “hi” awkwardly isn’t my thing. I guess I might get cool pictures? All for the selfies, I guess.

Another thing is that comic con is now trying to appeal to all ages, which is good and bad. I went with my young son in 2012, and if we took a wrong turn it wasn’t entirely kid-friendly.  One isle was Scrooge Mc Duck, the other zombie porn! It means I’ll have to be careful where I take my kids, and that’s hard since I really want them to be able to share the love of all things geeky I have with them.  I’ll be with adults this July, so I don’t have to worry about it this time around.

I’ll have to see what I think of the Boston Con this summer. Oscar Bernie argues that comic cons are killing fandom.  After reading his post, I realized I’ve never been to a “real” Con. I’d love to meet writers and artists, and I guess Comic-Con is not the place for that? I hope not- that’s sad. The very people doing all the creative work are in the dark or treated like cogs in a wheel. And you know what? Writers and artists are shy in my experience. We need each other, but it looks like we’re being pushed out of our own element by actors.