The weekend after last, I went to Boston Comic Con! I had an Artists' Alley table, and I hosted a web comic panel with a few other web comic artists and writers. I may not have made nearly as much money to make up for the cost of everything, but I did have an awesome time!
I would have loved to meet Stan Lee or certain other celebrities that were at the convention, but they all costed extra money to meet! Stan Lee's autographs and pictures costed $100 each, and his Q&A panel required VIP badges. The other celebrities were not nearly as much, but it would have still been expensive. As I had an Artists' Alley table and no one to help man it, I could not risk spending the extra money and time to meet these people. Perhaps another time.
Here are pictures of my table. I used PBC pipe to create front and back display stands for my table. They worked very well & I noticed others also using such structures at their tables.
I also helped host a panel called "How Webcomics Changed my Life" with Don Mathais, Rich Clabaugh, and Joe Medeiros. I may not have nearly spoken as much as the other panelists, but I did help contribute. I had to remind everyone that we had to introduce ourselves at the very end. It was an interesting experience.
There were numerous impressive cosplays at this convention! Some of these were also very creative!
There were many tables with awesome art for sale.
There were plenty of comic book related items for sale. I myself bought some manga books for a discount.
Here we see some of the Drink and Draw party outside in the WTC Headhouse Concourse after the Artists' Alley and vendors' booths were closed on Friday. There was dancing, music, overpriced food and drinks that were still very good, and a small area where the artists could sit down to chat and make art. It was awesome!
The World Trade Center is a beautiful place!
There was a very funny panel before the one I hosted with other web comic artists. It was called "Sketch Fighter," and it was a game of between comic artists and comedians.
There were other very well known celebrities like Billie Piper from Doctor Who & Penny Dreadful, Hayley Atwell from certain Marvel movies such as Captain America, Bob Morley, Robin Lord Taylor from Gotham and the Walking Dead, Thomas Jane from the Punisher, Brett Dalton from The Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Elvira Mistress of the Dark, Manu Brennett from Arrow and The Hobbit, and Kat Graham. These celebrities also costed extra money to get autographs and pictures from. I suppose hiring these people to come to conventions must cost too much money that jacking up the price of admission was just out of the question. It is unfortunate that I did not have the money and the time to meet these people, but oh well. There was also Scott Ian from Anthrax, and I have no idea why musicians don't charge for autographs and photos.
Here are some cards and pamphlets that I managed to grab while I was at the convention.
Here we have Boston Comic Workspace. They have classes and a Roundtable to talk about comics.
Kate Bresnahan. She had some interesting stuff and the comics are interesting.
Of coarse there are some stores that buy comics as well as sell them.
Here's a card for Ryan MacLeod. He makes a lot of small sculptures that look pretty cool.
Here's a card for Josh Dahl of Monolith Panels, writer of the comic Rapid City. He also included this description of the comic. It sounded very interesting.
Northeast Comic Con apparently runs a convention in Winter as well as summer. I missed the one in Summer because I had another convention to do the weekend before. Not sure if I should try to attend this one.
Here's a description for the web comic of one the panelists that I shared the web comic panel with. His web comic is called "Sydney or the Bush."
Here's another web comic artist that was at our panel, George Acevedo, for the comic Salvagers.
Here's a business card for Shawn Langley's art.
And here's a flyer for a web comic called The Secret Lives of Villians. It is quite funny.
I'm hoping to go to more conventions in the future. Hopefully I can form a group of artists to join together for these conventions and we can help each other out when we have to leave our tables. That way, we can converse with others in this business and have a little fun as well. The next convention will be Hartford Comic Con!