Hey Fangirls! I mentioned yesterday that we went to Boston Comic Con this past weekend. We only went for Friday and Saturday, but we had a lot of fun!
So Boston Comic Con was held in Seaport World Trade Center this past weekend. I knew it wasn’t tiny, but I definitely wasn’t expecting it to be as big as it was. I got really excited when I saw some of the creators who would be making appearances, but it went up ten-fold when we entered.
Friday we showed up right at 2, and we were a bit dismayed when we waited in one line and found out that it was the wrong one, and had to wait for another hour before Natalie could get her pass. I thought it was a bit lame that there was no signage to label the lines. On Saturday, the signs were visible, but only at the front of the line. That wasn’t the best start, but when we got inside, it was fantastic.
There’s air conditioning in there, and you could feel it. I was so grateful for that, because it was super warm out, and I was dressed for the possibility of being out late. Air conditioning was welcome. Friday we wandered around quite a bit, getting the layout of the floor and finding out where artists were. We also went to two panels; a webcomics panel, and another featuring Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner (the current team on Harley Quinn). we were really interested in the webcomics panel because Danielle Corsetto was there, and I’m a big fan of Girls With Slingshots. That panel also featured Bill Walko of The Hero Business, Tak Toyoshima of Secret Asian Man, and Yale Stewart of JL8. It was fantastic to hear independent creators talk about work they’ve done.
Later that day we went to a panel with Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner. When they walked in, I got so excited. I’ve really been enjoying their treatment of Harley Quinn, and I’m so grateful to them. Hearing them talk about her was fantastic. I asked, at the end of the panel, if they found many similarities between writing Harley and the Pro. Though at first they said no, it seemed like they may have started seeing them. I find Harley as they write her to be very similar to the Pro. They have a lot of the same attitudes.
We left around closing time on Friday, grabbed some pizza, and promptly passed out. Saturday we headed out bright and early with some books to get signed. I was hoping that the convention floor would be just a little more busy than Friday had been. I was wrong.
I think Saturday’s con floor was the reason the word “clusterfuck” was created. It was a mess, and they were having some crowd control issues. As soon as we got past the lobby, there were volunteers yelling at us to keep moving. I understand that having people congregated in one area is dangerous, and very unwanted, but I think there may have been a better way to handle it than having volunteers spending their day yelling at attendees.
We headed right to Palmiotti and Conner’s table, because I brought all of the Harley comics and the Pro to be signed, but they weren’t there yet. So we went over to the booth where Shelli Paroline from Midas Flesh was, and found out that Braden Lamb was also there. They both signed all of my Midas Flesh single issues, and Lamb did a little sketch on each. It was fantastic getting to talk to them about how it felt working on the art for it. We then headed back to Palmiotti and Conner’s table, to find a giant line and some confused volunteers. We ended being handed tickets to come back later, and headed to the Image Comics Panel.
At the Image Comics Panel, we saw Nick Pitarra from Manhattan Projects, Ming Doyle of Mara, and Tim Seeley and Mike Norton of Revival. I only follow Manhattan Projects, but the creators talked a lot about Image as a whole instead of just their individual comics. They talked about how payment works for Image creators, and how teams are created. I think Image is an amazing company, and it was really cool to hear more about how independent the creators really are there.
After that we went back to Conner & Palmiotti’s booth, finding once more that it was too busy. So we walked over to Nick Pitarra’s booth. I waited there for him to come and sign my Manhattan Project comics (which he did very patiently). He also drew a full page Laika for me, and I could have cried. We also ran into the Evil Geeks and Undies of Wondy while in his line.
Then we went back to Palmiotti & Conner, and finally got into their line. I only ended up asking for two of my comics to be signed, because they had been there signing for at least 3 hours straight and I felt awful because they had to pee and get lunch. But while they were signing, they complimented my dress and Palmiotti told me I looked like Diana Prince, and it was a Fangirl’s dream.
After that we wandered, and met amazing creators like Kate Leth, Kristen Gudsnuk, and so many others. We bought some comics and stickers, and left.
I can’t tell you, Fangirls and creators, how much it means to me when creators are kind to their fans. It means the world to me. I was mocked, a bit, for waiting in line to get signatures from the creators that I worship. But I think that standing in line for people who create the art that I spend my paycheck on every week is worth it, 100%. I’ve met people who seem very unconcerned with their fans freaking out over them, but everyone we met this weekend was kind and talkative. That is my favorite thing about any convention. So thank you, to all of the creators out there, who do their thangs, and let us freak out and meet you. You really make the experience.
Though it was crowded, and unorganized at times, I had a blast at Boston Comic Con this year, and I’m excited to hear who will be showing up next year, and I plan on going again. I recommend that if you’re planning on going, buy a 3-day pass. Get the stuff signed you want on Friday, wander and take in panels Saturday, and pick up anything you’ve missed on Sunday. I wish I had brought my books on Friday, it would have been easier on everyone, I think.
Thank you so much, to Boston Comic Con, and everyone involved. I can’t wait to see you next year!
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