My fellow geeks, another Boston Comic Con has come and gone. It seems like only yesterday we were excitedly planning our budgets and author/artist signing schedules (and by “yesterday,” I mean “Friday”). We’ve seen good ol’ BCC move to larger and larger venues over the years (they grow up so fast, don’t they), and this year was at the mother of all Boston convention centers: Hynes. I think this means we’ve officially made it, or something.
Now, change is hard, even when it’s change for the better. Based on my superior mathematical skills, I’d say that the new BCC changes are 80% positive and 25% negative. First, the good:
MORE SPACE = MORE VENDORS = LESS MONEY IN MY WALLET BUT WHATEVER
Seriously, there were so many awesome vendors this year, it was ridiculous. From Newbury Comics to Comicopia to New England Comics, all the local players were there, as well as some out-of-towners (hello there, NYC-based Midtown Comics). Besides comics and trades, there was a decent amount of toy vendors (my personal favorites), as well as clothing, posters, drinking glasses, and other goodies.
GREAT GUESTS, ZOMG
There were some seriously big-name important peeps from the world of comics chillin’ in Hynes this year. Frank Cho, Adam Hughes, Tim Sale, Terry Moore, Joe Kubert, J. Scott Campbell, Frank Quitely, Koi Pham, Tony Harris, Darwyn Cook, and lotsa other awesome talented writers/artists were there, meeting fans, signing autographs, and sketching sketches. This is very good, but it also brings me to the Big Bad Thing I Didn’t Like:
WICKED LIMITED SIGNING HOURS, WTF
So this was messed up. Some of the aforementioned big-timers were only available for autographs for like an hour in the afternoon. The rest of their day was blocked off by pre-paid sketching sessions, which is nice and obviously financially lucrative, but sucked for anyone who got there at 10 and had to wait until 6 to get a signature from their fave writer/artist. Here’s hoping this won’t be the case next year.
So, all in all, a good comic con experience was had at the Hynes, at least by yours truly. How was your time at BCC ’11?