Boston Comic Con to bring sexy sci-fi and fantasy to Seaport District

Kristin Bauer is expected to make an appearance at this weekend's Boston Comic Con. Photo via BCC
Kristin Bauer is expected to make an appearance at this weekend’s Boston Comic Con. Credit: BCC

Celebrity appearances, artist meet-and-greets, a film festival, collector items, a costume contest and an art auction are all on tap for the seventh annual Boston Comic Con at Seaport World Trade Center this weekend.

“This year we have more artists, collectors, vendors and fans registered for Boston Comic Con than ever before,” said Boston Comic Con founder Nick Kanieff. “With two days of action-packed events and meet-and-greet opportunities, we are looking forward to the most exciting and successful convention yet.”

Laurie Holden of “The Walking Dead,” Kristin Bauer of “True Blood,” and Aidan Turner and Dean O’Gorman of “The Hobbit,” as well as more than 200 well-known and local guest comic book creators and merchants from across the Northeast are expected to attend.

Voice actor Billy West, whose decades-long career has included providing the voices for beloved toons like Doug, Ren and Stimpy, and nearly all the characters in “Futurama,” is also expected to make an appearance. (Candy lovers might also recognize him as the voice of the debonair red M&M.) West got his start in Boston in the early 1980s performing daily comedic routines on Boston WBCN’s “The Big Mattress Show.”

The event also features a two-day film festival which will showcase features and shorts from local and national independent filmmakers on Saturday and zombie-themed films on Sunday, a costume contest hosted by cosplay favorite Yaya Han and a two-day Magic The Gathering tournament.

On Saturday night from 5 to 7 p.m., Boston Comic Con will feature a Comic Book Art Auction, which will donate a portion of its proceeds to The One Fund, in support of Boston Marathon victims, and The Mike Wieringo Scholarship for aspiring comic book artists studying at the Savannah College of Art and Design.

The popular event was originally scheduled to take place in April in the Back Bay, but was rescheduled due to the Boston Marathon bombings.

“Since having to reschedule the Boston Comic Convention after the Boston Marathon, we have received an overwhelming amount of support from our all our fans,” said Kanieff. “We are honored to have the opportunity to help give back to the city of Boston and the young aspiring comic book artists in our community.”

Tickets for Boston Comic Con are available online and at the door. Saturday’s events run from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.. Tickets for either Saturday or Sunday’s events are $25; a weekend pass is $40.

On Wednesday, Boston Comic Con, Dick’s Last Resort and Newbury Comics will team up for the first pre-convention Boston Comic Con Costume Contest, being held at Faneuil Hall Marketplace.

Contestants of all ages are encouraged to dress up as their favorite superhero, comic book character and beyond — as long as they’re family friendly. The contest will kick off with a costume parade around Quincy Market, beginning and ending at Dick’s Last Resort.

Prizes for first, second and third place will be awarded. First place will receive two weekend passes to Boston Comic Con and a limited-edition T-shirt; second place will walk away with a $100 gift certificate to Dick’s Last Resort; and third place will be awarded a $50 gift certificate to Newbury Comics.

Follow Morgan Rousseau on Twitter: @MetroMorgan
Follow Metro Boston on Twitter: @MetroBOS



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Girl, 10, dies after being pulled from water…

A 10-year-old girl died after being pulled from the waters off Coney Island Beach in Brooklyn on Tuesday night, police said.

News

NY judge throws out lawsuit by Empire State…

A New York state judge has thrown out a lawsuit in which longtime investors in the Empire State Building claimed they were shortchanged out of hundreds of millions of dollars…

Local

Mysterious white flags appear over Brooklyn Bridge

Two white flags mysteriously appeared over the towers of the Brooklyn Bridge yesterday in place of the American flags that are a traditional fixture.

National

Judge sets January start for murder trial of…

By Elizabeth BarberBOSTON (Reuters) - Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez will be tried in January for the murder of semi-professional football player Odin…

Movies

From 'La Femme Nikita' to 'Lucy,' a list…

French filmmaker Luc Besson has created a cottage industry of junk cinema. Here are his many unique action heroes, including Liam Neeson and "Lucy"'s Lucy.

Movies

Review: 'Lucy,' with Scarlett Johansson, is smart, stupid…

Luc Besson's "Lucy," in which Scarlett Johansson gains increased control over her brain, is a film about smart and stupid but always enjoyable.

Television

'Pretty Little Liars' recap: Season 5, Episode 7,…

Drunk girls and ghost brownies: here’s your weekly ‘Pretty Little Liars’ recap by way of Q&A. Q: do they really not check for feet under…

Arts

Don't miss 'Charles James: Beyond Fashion' at the…

Have you been meaning to see "Charles James: Beyond Fashion"? There are only two weeks left to get to the Met and catch this amazing American fashion designer's collection.

NFL

David Tyree hiring has gay rights advocates angry

Former Giants Super Bowl hero David Tyree will re-join the franchise as its new director of player development.

NFL

Ben McAdoo's new offense has Giants excited to…

Even Tom Coughlin feels he has a lot to learn about offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo’s new offense, which makes the veteran coach very excited.

MLB

MLB Power Rankings: A's, Angels, Dodgers, Brewers lead…

MLB Power Rankings: A's, Angels, Dodgers, Brewers lead pack

NFL

2014 NFL season betting odds: Which team will…

2014 NFL season betting odds: Which team will win Super Bowl?

Tech

Learn Braille with these gloves

U.S. scientists have designed high-tech gloves to help users understand Braille in a matter of minutes.

Home

5 New Ikea products that will change your…

We round-up the latest must-have products.

Food

Recipe: Wolfgang Puck's Buttermilk French Toast

We recently spent some time chatting with restauranteur/celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck at his Wolfgang Puck American Grille in the Borgata in Atlantic City. Puck wanted…

Style

Go retro with your sneakers

The best of wacky new sneakers.