I have been going to this show since its inception and each year it has grown. I can remember when it was in the basement of an old insurance building, cramped and with a couple of guests.
This year the show was postponed because of the Marathon Bombing. So first and foremost, I have to congratulate the show's producers for putting together this phenomenal of a show in such a short period of time. The artist list was deep filled with major creative stars. And it was held in the massive Boston Seaport Trade Center, a huge venue easy to find with cheap and plentiful parking. I can only hope that future shows are held there as well.
And this con was as packed as I have seen any show making me think that word is spreading that this is a convention you should travel to get to. Standing in line for signatures, I met people from up and down the eastern seaboard. Both days there were throngs and throngs of people. Unreal.
Moreover, it felt like a 'big con' with multiple panels filled with big stars. The DC panel was led by Dan Didio and had Scott Snyder, Tony Daniel, Brian Azzarello, and Aaron Lopresti. That is a huge panel.
Personally, I had some great moments talking to some of the creators present.
While I had to wait a bit, it was great to talk to Scott Snyder about Superman Unchained, even if it was only for a couple of minutes. He even showed me a splash page of Wraith's Fortress of Solitude from an upcoming issue. Fantastic. Snyder was just a great guy, approachable and amiable.
I got to talk for a while to Aaron Lopresti about his Wonder Woman run and, in particular, his Ends of the Earth arc co-starring the DC's 70's sword and sorcery characters.
I got to chat with Amy Reeder and Brandon Montclare about Supergirl, Halloween Eve, and their upcoming Rocket Girl book.
And while waiting in Phil Jimenez' line, I was in a comic conversation which covered Aquaman, Wonder Woman, Worlds at War, Legion of Super-Heroes, and other stuff. That was probably the best comic talk of the weekend for me.
I even got to meet Sue from DCWomenKickingAss!
Anyways, big big show.
As always, I had a bunch of commissions I was hoping to get and ... miraculously ... I got them all. For a total just over $300 (in total) I got Aaron Lopresti, Joe Eisma, Cully Hamner, George Perez, Amy Reeder, and Phil Jimenez. Talk about a great haul! I will showcase each commission on its own so each piece can breathe and I can talk about the artist individually.
Above is the Lopresti piece. I am a huge fan of Lopresti's work. It is always of the highest quality. And Lopresti was the piece that was most crucial for me. So I was glad to get on his list early and line up this piece. Everything about this piece is stunning. The powerful pose. The beauty of Kara. The multiple colors and depth of shading. I mean, he even colored in the eyes light blue. Even the half-shirt works here, Lopresti's idea.
I am thrilled with this piece and feel it is a stand-out in my collection!
Thanks again to Aaron Lopresti for the chat and the commission!