|Report by Stefan Blitz and Clay N Ferno|
Rumor has it that Boston Comic Con doubled in size this past weekend, which comes to no surprise to the attendees who found themselves packed like sardines in a newer, larger venue, The World Seaport Convention Center.
Postponed from April following the Boston Marathon bombings, the 2013 Boston Comic Con has become a rarity among conventions, a show which primarily focuses on comics. This year, there were several media guests including voice artist Billy West, The Walking Dead‘s Laurie Holden, True Blood’s Kristen Bauer, and The Hobbit‘s Aidan Turner and Dean O’Gorman. But these guests were kept apart from the regular high profile comic guests who were mixed among the self publishers, artists and dealers. Only cosplayer Yaya Han was mixed among the comic-centric guests who included the unquestionable star of the con, writer Scott Snyder, who’s name seemed to be mentioned every five minutes over the speakers (to be fair, you needed a ticket to Snyder’s table which was to eliminate the long lines a bit and try and stay a bit organized).
Among the guests were George Perez, Mike Mignola, Neal Adams, Joe Hill, Gabriel Rodriguez, Scott Snyder, Mark Bagley, Bill Willingham, Brian Azzarello, Nate Bellegarde, Buzz, Tony Daniel, Jim Calafiore, Howard Chaykin, Mike Choi, Ming Doyle, Joe Eisma, Agnes Garbowska, Michael Golden, Keron Grant, Paul Gulacy, Cully Hamner, Phil Jimenez, Dave Johnson, Barry Kitson, Aaron Lopresti, David Mack, Ed McGuinness, Terry Moore, Steve Niles, James O’Barr, David Petersen, Brandon Peterson, Joe Quinones, Khary Randolph, Tom Raney, Amy Reeder, Don Rosa, Craig Rousseau, Paul Ryan, Tim Sale, Alex Saviuk, Brian Stelfreeze, William Stout, Frank Tieri, Tim Townsend, Arthur Suydam, Dexter Vines, Anthony Del Col, Lee Weeks, Maris Wicks, Charles Paul Wilson III, Dean Yeagle, Chrissie Zullo, and hundreds more in the BCC Artist’s Alley.
One of the longest and steadiest lines throughout the weekend thanks mostly (although not entirely) to younger readers was for the Adventure Time team of Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb.
Publishers IDW and Boom! were on hand, as were IDW Publisher and Editor-in-Chief Chris Ryall, Co-Publisher of DC Entertainment Dan DiDio, and DC Comics Art Director Mark Chiarello.
Forces of Geek‘s Stefan Blitz and Clay N Ferno each moderated two panels and could be found walking the floor chatting it up with various guests.
Here’s some of the news that leaked out from the show.
- Steve Niles almost did a Batman project with Neal Adams.
- Brian Azzarello appeared to be not in agreement with DC’s Wonder Woman/Superman romantic liason.
- Tony S. Daniel teased that in the upcoming Superman/Wonder Woman book, the first five issues will include General Zod, Faora and Darkseid.
- Howard Chaykin‘s upcoming Shadow series from Dynamite is set in the continuity as a prequel to his 1986 mini-series.
- Anthony Del Col revealed that a Kill Shakespeare iOS game is on it’s way as well as some other unique merchandise.
- When asked about Stephanie Brown by a young female fan, Dan DiDio‘s response is that they are just waiting for a good story.
- Ming Doyle is currently contributing to a number of Vertigo Anthologies. And wants to draw a Batman ’66 story.
- Tom Sniegoski has a project in the works with Frank Cho. He claims that the book has a bulldog in it, but no large breasted women.
- Scott Snyder seemed genuinely humbled by the attention. Batman Zero Year will be divided into three parts. Part one (currently being published) is “Light” and will run four issues. Part two which will run three issues is “Dark” and features Gotham during a black out. The final part is four issues and is called “Wild” and features an overgrown Gotham, the result of Pamela Isley.
- Dick Grayson will cameo in Batman Zero Year.
- Frank Tieri wants to write Conan, but really wants to write Conan in Space.
- Mike Mignola revealed an upcoming Hellboy in Hell story finds the character in Asia.
- “Reverend” Dave Johnson revealed a bit more about his not likely to ever happen Micronauts animated series. Hieroglyphics in Ancient Egypt were depicting Micronauts actual size!
- Brandon Peterson will be on All New X-Men soon helping with Stuart Immonen & David Marquez rotating schedule
- Bill Willingham nixed the idea of another Fables Con.
- Maris Wicks and Joe Quinones have a story in the upcoming Batman Black & White and Joe will be illustrating an upcoming Batman ’66 arc.
- David Mack and team are at work on a follow up to NYT best selling graphic novel and limited series Daredevil: End of Days, focusing on other characters in the world of Marvel plus 10 years like….Old Man Punisher!