Can we bring some hope, some superheroes to the Back Bay this weekend, please? Obviously the true heroes, the first responders, runners, Back Bay workers, reporters and real actual people are more important to have in your thoughts this weekend. We’re fighting back the tears as we write to tell you to make it to Boston Comic Con this weekend to celebrate togetherness, hope and fictional heroes that give so many hope in even the darkest days. If you think it is a silly endeavor, that’s fine too. In fact, most adults enthusiastic about the convention’s announcement on Tuesday recognize the convention as a place to cosplay and embrace a passionate hobby, and to take a well deserved break from watching the news. As for the kids, please let them enjoy this day dressed up like The Flash or Wonder Woman and think that heroes are real. Because they are. I met a few on Monday.
You know the day started pretty regular for me on Monday, and enjoying the holiday meant some quiet time in the office. My boss’s young nephew was playing Marvel Super Hero Squad and we talked Spider-Man of course. Before leaving with his aunt, to catch the rest of the race and experience the Boston Marathon for the first time, I slid him last year’s Free Comic Book Day Ultimate Spidey and Avengers comic to say goodbye. Luckily, they turned around before making it downtown and headed home. I stayed working until all of our days were destroyed by the bombings.
I won’t apologize for expressing my feelings on the day here, this particular Earth Prime Time is a coping mechanism.
The rest of the day was phone calls, cancellations, making sure staff was safe and watching twitter and Facebook feeds, along with WCVB’s coverage on television.
I rightly was dealing with the present, and remembering walking down a barren Boylston St. on 9/11 on my way home to Mission Hill from Milk St. Close friends were dropping into the Middle East with stories and encounters with the blasts. After being reassured that Cambridge Police would check in on the club, I went home to restlessly attempt to sleep.
Tuesday, the same news feed from Facebook greeted me immediately. Boston Comic Con group declared,
“Boston Comic Con is happy to announce that the convention will go on this weekend as scheduled!”
Damn hell frakkin’ right, it will. Right there. Where it all went down. And you know what else is happening? Our party at McGreevy’s on Saturday night. What more protection could the League and pals need than the Dropkick Murphys associated sports bar just 1,200 steps from Fenway Park.
As the President said, “If you want to know who we are, who America is, how we respond to evil—that’s it: selflessly, compassionately, unafraid.”
Admittedly, both statements got me worked up and woken up and ready to do this thing. Critiques of false patriotism, faux hometown pride mixed with partisan and religious opinions of the bombings and how they affected our city are all swept away like tiny Roman numerals from a Risk board for me to sort out when this weekend is over. I’ve got strong counters to most of what I’ve been hearing people soapbox about for the past few days but I am going to concentrate on actively participating in a highlight of my year each year, the Boston Comic Con.
Hours for the convention are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 20. Sunday the 21, the floor is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Here are some suggestions of what to do with your time there. Be sure to be one of the first people there to get your hands on the Tim Sale Captain America and Bucky Convention t-shirt, exclusively available at the Con.
This shirt is perfect for all of your needs, be them implied, honest or ironic patriotism!
A panel is like a short class on comic books or other topics at a convention or gathering. Seen mostly at places I’ve never been, like SXSW, a college classroom or TED talks. The Boston Con has a few worth checking out, and you can rest your feet for a few. I’ll be moderating the All Ages Comic Book Panel on Saturday at noon in the Main Lobby Panel Room featuring the artists from Adventure Time (Boom Studios) and My Little Pony (IDW Publishing). Full disclosure, this will be so math. Every pony should go.
The other panels are OK, I guess.
Meet a Power Ranger (Green! — Jason David Frank), learn about writing comics from Steve Niles (30 Days of Night) also on Saturday. Sunday brings you a Mike Mignola (Hellboy) Spotlight along with Amanda Conner & Jimmy Palmiotti and Bill Willingham with Frank Cho. Panel schedule here!
The Walking Dead’s Maggie, Lauren Cohan will be available for autographs and photos.
The aforementioned Green Power Ranger, Jason David Frank will also be available all weekend, but don’t ask him to power punch you, the MMA fighter might do some actual damage.
Boston Comic Con’s official statement is
“In light of the heightened security in the city we ask cosplayers to not bring prop weapons this weekend.”
My unofficial, editorial statement is that your Final Fantasy sword is compensating…for something.
BCC FILM FESTIVAL!
There will be screenings all day on Saturday, including Super Knocked Up, Season 2 at 1:25! We interviewed Jeff Burns here last year just as he was starting on filming the second season of his parental protectors!
“A womanizing superhero hooks up with his greatest foe, only to be thrust into the lifetime commitment of being a parent.”
COMIC ART AUCTION!
An exclusive shot at owning some original comic book artwork is yours at the show. For good measure, Boston Comic Con will be donating a portion of the art auction proceeds to the Red Cross for the Boston Marathon victims relief effort.
Magic and Yu-Gi-Oh tables will be available for tournament play. Get there early, as these slots fill up quickly! More info on the gaming here.
The backbone, the conversations, the living and breathing reason we even have this thing is Artist Alley. Your chance to talk to some of the best artists in the world right at their table at Boston Comic Con. The list of guests this year is amazing. We went more in depth at the start of the year, and the list has changed a bit of course but check out our first post of 2013, EARTH PRIME TIME: BOSTON COMIC-CON 2013 GUESTS ANNOUNCED for a nice preview. Mark Bagley (Ultimate Spider-Man), Tony Daniel (Batman, now writer and artist on Action Comics), Marky Ramone (The Ramones, Richard Hell & The Voidoids, currently featured in Alan Robert’s Killogy), Ming Doyle (Mara, Fantastic Four), Tim Seeley (Hack/Slash, G.I. Joe) and so many more. The complete list here!
Also — there will be vendors, so bring your cash and load up on Robocop Trading cards, S.H.I.E.L.D. t-shirt and loose action figures. This is fun for the whole family, so come on down and put a break in the otherwise heavy week.
SAT. APRIL 20 — 12 pm (Noon)
BOSTON COMIC CON
ALL AGES COMIC PANEL
MAIN LOBBY PANEL ROOM
SHELLI PAROLINE (ADVENTURE TIME)
BRADEN LAMB (ADVENTURE TIME, ICE AGE, DUCK TALES)
ANDY PRICE (MY LITTLE PONY)
BOSTON COMIC CON PANEL HOSTED BY THE LEAGUE’S CLAY N. FERNO!
SAT. APRIL 20, 6-9PM
LEAGUEPODCAST 4TH ANNUAL BOSTON COMIC CON AFTER-PARTY.
911 BOYLSTON STREET
BOSTON MA (ACROSS FROM HYNES CONVENTION CENTER)
League of Ordinary Gentlemen Podcast Episode #149 — The Styrofoam Cup Dilemma
The Gents talk Evil Dead, Jurassic Park 3-D, the Walking Dead season 3 finale, the “Gender in Comics” MOOC and what happens to the 3-D glasses when you put them in that box.
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