What’s that? You’re prepping your Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles backpack to head off to the largest comic-book convention in the Northeast this weekend? What’s that, you need a comprehensive guide to all the cool shiz-nit you can blow your money on? Well, stop theoretically asking rhetorical questions and listen up, Spectacular Bro-Man!
GEEKED is here to help you make your flagrantly indulgent geek-chic choices. Recession-style.
(By which we mean we will focus on the cheapest swag at Comic-Con, so that even the poorest of our bankrupt number can walk away loaded down with mad bling. Economical!!)
ITEM #1: “OH SHIT, WHERE ARE MY TIX?”
If by some Galactus-sized brain fart you managed to not buy your passes in advance, they’re available at the door. Single day passes are $20, while a two-day pass goes at $35. If that’s outside your budget, kids under 10 get in free, so just lop off your legs below the knees and hop in a Radio Shack wagon or something.
ITEM #2: BITCHIN’ T-SHIRT
Like you need more excuses to flaunt your geekhood, Stephanie Buscema has come up with an awesome T-shirt design to mark the occasion of the ’12 convention. This bitch-and-a-halfin’ shirt is only $20 on-site, so you might have to power through the crowd in an Iron Man suit. But it will be worth it when you walk away with that tee.
Really, we look for any opportunity to put on an Iron Man suit and do the Ozzy voice, but if you want to go all Iron Patriot at the ‘con, that’s cool too.
Item #3: Indie Comics--And How!
So you’ve got all the Marvel titles, DC, whatever. Good on you. But what about the little man? What about all the ridiculously good independent comic books from Image and Dynamite? Even if you don’t crave to fill your shelves with every last comic penned by man (or woman), there’s always a thrill in trying something new, and indie titles like “Firebreather” and “The Goon” will give you plenty of new swashbuckling to cut your teeth on.
For instance, there’s Craig Shepard and Alex Rivera’s “Dragonstorm,” for $2.99. It comes with a cover so metal, your ancestors will start headbanging in their graves when you buy it.
ITEM #4: BIZARRE AND DELIGHTFUL FIGURINES!
No? Well, shame on you. Ten points from Hufflepuff.
TMNT co-creators Kevin East and Simon Bisley are touting a couple of kooky characters called Biz and Buzz in 4″ plastic form for $15. Who could these mysterious characters be? And why are they so endearingly self-effacing?
The sweet part of this Bizarro-toy set is that once you order them, you can get them signed by the creators of TMNT at Comic-Con. For free.
And free is the best price. Leading to our next and final chunk of swag. . .
ITEM #5: FREE SKETCHES!!!!1
There is literally no better price than “free.” So when we hear that Newburyport comic book mafioso Tyler James is giving out FREE 10 x 14 comic book panel prints at his Comixtribe vendor table, we get kind of excited. Kind of a lot excited, really. Then we find out that the “free” applies to the first 10 fans only, and we start sharpening our Klingon war blades. Oh, and you sort of have to purchase a Comixtribe comic book too.
Hey, nobody implied free stuff came without a price.
BOSTON COMIC CON 2012