Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Boston Comic Con Review #1: Overview And Marcio Takara Commission
Welcome to the first of several recaps of the 2014 Boston Comic Con.
I continue to be amazed at how massive this convention has become. I have been going to them since the first. What once was held in the basement of a tiny old insurance office building, then went to a hotel, then to the Hynes Convention center, to now the Boston Seaport ... it has grown and grown and grown.
As I have said before, this is the best local place for this con. It is right off the highway. There is plentiful and cheap parking. There are tons of restaurants. It is right on the water. It just works for the city.
This was the first three day con and I was lucky enough to be able to head to all three days for some portion. I was very happy to be there as the doors opened on Friday as traffic for those first couple of hours was relatively light and it allowed me to get most of my signatures out of the way and set up my commissions.
It was great to meet Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner. They are such great people and gave each fan a couple of minutes to meet and chat. Alas, Conner wasn't sketching so the Grail eluded me again. I recently read how someone flipped a free sketch by her into hundreds on EBay. As always, I can't comment on that person's situation. But it irks me that as a result, I can never get a piece I would cherish as part of a collection.
Then it was on to meeting all the other folks I wanted to meet. It was cool to shake hands with Mark Waid, talk to Atomic Robo creators Brian Clevinger and Scott Wegener, and rub elbows with others.
I considered myself even luckier that I went on Friday when I entered on Saturday. It was the busiest and most congested I have seen any con. It was both great to see the show that packed but also daunting and a bit claustrophobic.
And there were unreal cosplayers there. It is clear that Harley Quinn is ruling the day as there were many cosplayers in every possible variant of her costume. But my favorite was someone playing 'No Face' from Spirited Away, trying to hand out gold-foiled Rolos. Just perfect!
Saturday was also a pretty special day because it was the first convention I brought one of the supergirls to. My youngest really wanted to go to the con and held up pretty well, sticking it out for about 7 hours (albeit with a snack break and a lunch break). It was great to walk to floor with her, show her the commissions I bought, and introduce her to some creators.
We also went to the My Little Pony panel where Sara Richards, Katie Cook, and Andy Price answered questions from the moderator and crowd. My supergirl knows all those folks' names because she reads the comics so she was pumped to be there and even asked a question. I was pretty proud!
She liked it enough to ask when the next con I am going to is being held. Maybe I am doing something right.
As for commissions, I knew who my big targets were and I was lucky enough to get all the folks I was aiming for (outside of Conner) - Marcio Takara, Chris Burnham, Cat Staggs, and Daniel Govar. So this year I net 4 sketches. But they are all of high quality.
So first to review is Marcio Takara's Supergirl. I have gushed about Takara's clean style and beautiful Supergirl's in the past. This commission is no exception. This is a powerful Kara in the classic Matrix-style costume I love so much. In particular, I love the face and hair in this commission. Just spectacular.
I just love Takara's work and was thrilled to hear he is heading to Captain Marvel. So he'll be drawing the other Danvers!
Outside of commissions and gifts, I didn't buy to much for myself. Mostly it is bronze age stuff from the $1 box (see above for some examples). Each of these have been a blast to read.
So another successful Boston Comic Con. Can't wait for next year. I am hoping we will get some more writers and maybe an actual Marvel or DC booth.
More commissions to come!