Boston Comic-Con Part 3: The Cosplayers

So sorry that this post was delayed a week.  What can I say?  It’s summer, we were camping a while, and still be trying to close on a new house.  But on to the costumes.  We saw a lot of great ones this time around.  Much more than we had seen in Dubai.  We even watched the Cosplay Contest, which had some really spectacular ones.  We did not get a picture of every person we saw, but we were able to get a lot.  I hope you enjoy them as much as we did.  Sorry for some of the blurred shots during the contest (the contest pix are those with curtain backgrounds).  Our first camera’s battery had run out and I had to use my daughter’s camera for the competition.

Due to the sheer number of photos I put up, I am not going to put a little sentence for each.  Instead I’ll just talk about them briefly here and at the bottom.  That way, if you just want to see the pictures,. and not have to read my thoughts about them, you can do so easily.

So without further delay, here are the cosplayers we saw this year at Boston Comic-Con!

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So that was that.  I’m sure you might have seen a few pictures of my wife up there.  As I mentioned, many people wanted to get their pic taken with her.  I was very pleased by the number of Bob’s Burgers cosplayers, as I love that show.  Also, I was surprised how many Doctor Who people there were.  I know I didn’t take many pictures of them all, but there were tons of them.  I like the show and all, I just didn’t know it was really so popular.  If you’re unsure of who anyone might be, leave a comment, and I’ll try to help you out with it.

Enjoy and I can’t wait to share more next year.

Boston Comic Con (part 2: the swag)

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So yesterday I talked a little about the convention in general.  Today I’m going to get into the good stuff.  The things I came for.  Signatures and other stuff that required money to be exchanged.

So I was hoping to get a bunch of signatures the first day, then use the second to try and get who I missed as well as get to see everything else.  However, I was amazed that in the first day alone, I was able to get almost every signature that I wanted to.  Young and Garney had canceled, so I didn’t get those.  I also did not get Capullo to sign anything, as he was seated with Scott Snyder and had lines that went on for hours and hours.  Neal Adams didn’t have a huge line at his huge area, but was charging $20 for a signature, so I didn’t get him to sign anything either.  Call me cheap but I’m not about to spend $20 for a name to be written.  Here’s a picture that showcases about half of what I got signed.

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I also got a lot of artwork, some of which was for my wife and daughter.  Here’s a general look at the stuff we got that will soon be hanging on our walls.

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Here is a complete rundown of what I got signed, and by who.

  • Sergio Aragones: Funnies #1 and Groo #50
  • Simon Bisley: What If? #78.  I got to watch him do some awesome commissions.
  • Nick Bradshaw: Deadpool #46 and 47
  • Mark Brooks: Fantastic Four #588 and Young Avengers: Dark Reign #1
  • Jim Calafiore: Exiles #75 and 76
  • Amanda Conner: Cable and Deadpool #32
  • Geof Isherwood: Dr. Strange #37, 50, 53
  • Adam Kubert: Spider-Man: Dark Reign The List, X-men 2099 #1
  • Norman Lee: What If? AvX #1
  • Mike McKone: Fantastic Four #541 and New Avengers #64.  He would only sign if I bought some stuff, which I was happy to do.
  • Pop Mahn: Thunderbolts #136
  • Jorge Molina: What If? AvX #1 and Avengers: The Initiative #35
  • Carlos Pacheco: Avengers Forever #1 (my favorite!) and Avengers Annual ’98
  • Jimmy Palmiotti: What If? AvX #1 and Punisher 2099 #1
  • Ramon Perez: Deadpool Team-Up 883
  • Khoi Pham: Might Avengers #36 and Age of X Universe #1
  • Khary Randolph: Mutant 2099
  • Tom Raney: Warlock Chronicles #1 and Sentry: Fallen Sun
  • Esad Ribic: Wolverine: Dark Reign The List and House of M #8.  He was doing some painting when I was near and it was entrancing to watch him work.
  • Paul Ryan: Fantastic Four #374 and Ravage 2099 #1
  • Alex Saviuk: Web of Spider-Man #100 and 103
  • Gail Simone: Simpsons’ Tree House of Horror
  • Arthur Suydam: Deadpool Merc with a Mouth #1 and 13
  • Mark Texeira: Ghost Rider #15 and 17.  He made fun of Neal Adams charging so much money for a signature and of the new Ghost Rider.  Great stuff.
  • Frank Tieri: Lethal Legion #1 and Civil War: War Crime
  • Mark Waid: Captain America #1 and Spider-Man House of M #1

Here are the sketches that I had Isherwood do for me.  I loved the Dr. Strange one so much that I had him do another.

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I got these two from McKone, and both were signed, one for my wife and one for my daughter.

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The guy who does the Superhero Squad also did a free drawing for any kid, so my daughter got a Rogue portrait.

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My wife got me a Yoda from some one while I was getting autographs.

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And I got her a Darrell from Suydam, who told us that Norman actually has the original one at his house.

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And there were a few others that you may have seen in the group shot including some movie posters and little prints.

And my daughter got herself a few toys.  Her favorite X-Men and her favorite character from Star Wars.

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Getting those allowed me a lot of time to watch artists create their works and walk around to see everyone.  I pawed through dollar comic long boxes for a while and was able to walk away with about 35 comics, some of which were 4 for a dollar. I will put up a quick review of each one maybe next week.  Not a full article, but a couple sentences or so.

When we were leaving late in the day on Sunday, I had to walk away from several booths who were having last minute sales including buy 2, get 5 for free.  I didn’t have room for it, and I had spent more than enough money already.

There was tons of other stuff that I wanted to buy, and I could have spent thousands of dollars easily.  But I’m happy with what I bought and feel good with what I paid.

Come back tomorrow for the cosplayers!

Boston Comic Con (part 1)

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As I did when I traveled to Dubai Comic Con, I will talk about this trip over the course of 3 posts, in 3 days.  The first (this one) will be about the con in general, tomorrow will be the swag and things I got, and we will end with the cosplayers, which were awesome.

You can hear some of our thoughts on the con in the latest WIP (the What If? Podcast), but I’ll give you my side of things. 

My family and I got down to Boston and went right there on Saturday.  We had to wait in a line that was about 3/4 of the way around the actual building.  Luckily, it moved quickly and we got inside in about 30 minutes.  People who hadn’t bought tickets online as we had had to wait in a different line,. which took some of them over 3 hours.

Inside, I was blown away.  The place was huge, and packed.  Booths and tables were every where, selling comics, toys, art, and tons of other stuff.  I had made a game plan for myself on Saturday, and so my wife and daughter spent some time wandering around while I tried to get all my stuff signed.  I’ll talk more about the signatures tomorrow, but I was very pleased with how accessible the artists were and how many I got to see.

A note of disappointment.  Skottie Young canceled.  Nothing against him personally.  I don’t know the guy and I don’t know why he didn’t make it, but I was very disappointed.  I didn’t care too much about getting him to sign some things for me, but I know my daughter had been looking forward to seeing him.  She dressed up as Dorothy from the Oz comics, but alas, was mistaken for Kiki a couple times.

Speaking of costumes, I went as Robin, using a rental from a great costume shop in my town.  My wife though, went as Laurie from the Walking Dead.  Yes, no one really liked Laurie, but being pregnant, she didn’t have too many options.  However, she pulled it off very well.  She got tons of comments, and many people wanted to get her picture.  Good job babe!

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There she is posing with a guy dressed as Rick.  We also some a few Carls.

Even though the place was crowded, it seemed well organized and everyone from the staff to the patrons were very polite and thoughtful.  There was a multitude of big names in the comic industry and also a few celebs.  I didn’t get any actor autographs, as they were charging more money than I was willing to spend, but I did get this shot of someone you might recognize as the best ship mechanic flying.

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The second day for us, Sunday, was not as crowded, but still felt full.  I had gotten all the signatures I had wanted Saturday, so Sunday was set aside for shopping and making sure that we had really seen everything we wanted.  You’ll see all those great things we got tomorrow.

I hope everyone else who went had a great time and I look forward to hearing about anyone else’s time there.  Come back tomorrow to learn more.

Countdown to Comic Con: 1 Day to Go!

Okay, so I know that some people were probably at Comic Con down in Boston today.  But for me, it begins tomorrow.  Saturday and Sunday we will be at the Boston Comic Con, hunting down deals, getting some signature swag, and of course, checking out everything.

Expect lots of pictures and write-ups to come.  There will even be a special What If? Podcast done Saturday night.

As for me, my comics are ready.  Tickets are all printed for the con, train, and hotel.  Costumes are a go (although my wife is just finishing up the ones for her and our daughter).  Mine was just a rental from a costume shop in town.  Thanks Drapeau’s!

So I’m going to let you in on a giveaway that I’ll be doing.  All day Saturday and Sunday, I’ll be around the con with cards trying to drum up some more attention for the site.  All you have to do is follow a couple simple steps.

1. Show up to the con (can’t win if you’re not there)

2. Come say hi to me and mention the site.  I’ll be easy to find.  One day I’ll be wearing a dark shirt with the site name on it.  The other day I’ll be dressed up and accompanied by Dorothy from the Oz comics and a pregnant Lorie from the Walking Dead.  I will look out of place.  If all else fails, just try to find me.  Tallish, dark hair, beard, glasses. 

3. If you’re one of the first 10 people to do numbers 1 and 2 (haha number 2) that you will receive a business card with a special code on it.  Just email me that code (email on the About page) and I will personally send you a package of 5 free comics to you, anywhere within the continental US. 

I love free comics, and so I’ll share them with you.  These aren’t the free comics from Free Comics Now! reviews (which will be returning next week).  These are full issues that you can hold in your own hands.  So come find me and say hello!

Countdown to Comic Con: 5 Days to Go

So it’s almost time for Boston Comic Con.  We will be there Saturday and Sunday.  I’m going down with the wife and child as well. Aside from the Dubai Comic Con, I have never gone to one of these before, so I’m pretty excited.

I went through the list of artists who are going to be there an compiled a list of the comics that I wanted to bring to try and get signed.  There are over 100 comics that I could take to get signed, but I tried to narrow it down some.  I didn’t want to be an annoying guy in line with a whole bunch of comics for a guy to sign, so at first I limited myself to 5 per artist, as there are many people I would like to see.  That still left me with over 80, which when boarded and bagged weigh a good amount.  I will be already carrying a change of clothes and other things in my bag, and I want to have room for when/if I buy things.

And I know that I am going to want to buy things.  Especially sketches from the artists.

Neal Adams.  Jimmy Palmiotti (who inked a lot of 2099 issues, so you know I have to see him).  Alex Saviuk.  Geof Isherwood.  Paul Ryan.  Mark Brooks.  Mark Texeira.  Mark Waid.  Frank Tieri.  Jorge Molina.  Arthur Suydam (and I got some old trading cards by this guy too, so I’ll bring some of them for everyone).  Carlos Pacheco.

So I got rid of some other ones too.  I want to get as many different peoples’ signatures as possible, but there are some people who I really want.  Should I bring more of there stuff in case they will sign it?  There is the artist of a certain 12 issue mini-series that I have and I would love to have all 12 of those issues signed.  I think I will just book-end it, and get 1 and 12.

I don’t think I am going to actually dress up as anything,  but we will see.  I’ll be sure to let you know if that changes.  I will be giving away things to anyone who comes up to me and mentions this website.  So come find me.  I’ll leave some details in the next couple days.