If you love comic books, science fiction, video games, anime or pop culture in general you have probably been to a convention. The big ones in our area are Boston Comic Con and Anime Boston, but there are plenty of other celebrations of geek culture in the Greater Boston area. The Northeast Comic Con and Collectibles Extravaganza is on Dec. 6 and Dec. 7, 2014 at the Shriners Auditorium in Wilmington, Mass.
There will be a smorgasbord of events to keep convention goers entertained. Check out the itinerary here. You are encouraged to show up in your favorite cosplay and enter the costume contests. Just remember your cosplay etiquette. There’s a reminder here. You can even get a picture with Santa in your outfit. With green screen technology, you can make the background fit your theme. If you have any holiday shopping to do for fellow nerds, this is the mecca for unique finds. There will be 150 vendors of comic books, toys, jewelry, art, cosplay fashions, and entertainment.
Have you ever wanted to get into the biz? There will be voice acting workshops, script readings, and “Create-A-Hero/Villian/Character” contests. You can introduce yourself to a few celebrities and get their autographs. Like most cons, there will be panel sessions to learn more. Gamers will enjoy the free-to-play arcade and tournaments. Music lovers will enjoy the live performances throughout the weekend.
This is a family-friendly event, so there are activities specifically designed for children in the NECC K!DS area. There will be face painting, balloon arts, comic book creation, and superhero training. Food and beverages will be available for purchase at the “Kreature Kantina.” While you eat, participate in trivia contests for DC and Marvel Comics, the Star Wars franchise, Dr. Who, Stargate and even Disney related material.
Gary Sohmers is the CEO of Image Meet and Greet. Whether you know him from his years of producing conventions or from his role on PBS’s “Antiques Roadshow” he is a pop culture expert in the Boston area. He is quoted as saying:
Created as a holiday show, this Comic Con offers the best of all worlds to fans of contemporary and retro pop culture. Whether you are a holiday shopper for the geek on your list, a collector, video game junkie, cosplayer, illustrator, anime fan, or sci-fi geek, there’s something unique for you to discover at Northeast Comic Con.”
Which celebrities should we expect at the Northeast Comic Con? In attendance will be: Marky Ramone from The Ramones, Billy West of “Futurama” and “Ren & Stimpy”, Nicholas Brendon from “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Criminal Minds”, Butch Patrick of “The Munsters”, Leah Cevoli best known for “Robot Chicken” and “Deadwood”), Gary K. Wolf and Charles Fleischer (“Who Framed Roger Rabbit?”, “Rango”, “Back to the Future”), Naomi Grossman from “American Horror Story”), MacKenzie Lintz from “Hunger Games” and “Under the Dome”, Mike Pollock of “Sonic the Hedgehog”, Tom Wayland (Pokemon and Yu Gi Oh), Christopher Judge from both “Stargate SG-1” and “X-Men: Evolution”, Paris Themmen whom was Mike TV from “Willie Wonka”), Mike Zohn, Evan Michelson and Ryan Matthew (from the cast of “Oddities” and “Obscura”, Kayli Mills and Peter Bernard (from “Those American Girls”), and dozens of authors and illustrators. There’s a more comprehensive list of special guests here, complete with pictures.
Keep in mind that the Voice Over Actors Workshop and script reading is an extra VIP experience. It’s listed as $99 per person, per day. This VOA Workshop will be run by Tom Wayland and Mike Pollock. The script reading part will feature Johnny Cavooto, Mike Pollock, Tom Wayland, Billy West, Leah Cevoli and Charles Fleischer. Included in the price of this extra ticket is early admission to the convention, admittance to the after party on Saturday night, autographs from the actors in the script reading, and other swag.
A separate extra experience available on Saturday night is the Roast of Billy West at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Woburn. The roasting comedians are a secret, so it’s a mystery as to which celebrities you can see perform stand-up there. Check out all the VIP experiences here.
Ticket prices for Northeast Comic Con are very reasonable for anyone on a budget. You can purchase tickets online or at the door, with an incentive to purchase them in advance on the web. If you snag your tickets online it’s $25 for a two-day pass or only $15 a day for adults. If you purchase those tickets last minute at the door, they will be $30 for both days or $20 for one. If you’re bringing a child under the age of six, they can come in for free. Tickets for children aged 6-13 are discounted. If you get a weekend pass it’s $10 online or $15 at the ticket booth. If you want a one-day pass for a child of that age, it’s $5 if you get it on the web or $10 at the venue. You’ll be happy to know there’s free parking for this event.
Spend the weekend immersed in the art of comics, cosplay, and video game music at the Northeast Comic Con. Remember, you’re not alone in your fandom. Express yourself and meet other people in your subculture. It will be a good time for all.