What event brought 55,000 fans to Boston in August? Boston Comic Con. From August 11–13, Boston Comic Con celebrated its 10th anniversary giving fans an opportunity to experience the best in comic artistry and pop culture. This year’s show “true to comic, committed to fans” was held at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC) for the first time in order to accommodate the ever-growing audience drawn to this extremely popular event.
Boston Comic Con 2017 featured an incredible lineup of celebrity guests, comic creators, cosplayers and more than 100 events appealing to all ages.
Legendary comic creator Stan Lee drew more than 2,000 to his Q & A on Friday night, and continued to meet with thousands of fans throughout the weekend. Other celebrity guests who made waves on social media included John Barrowman of Arrow who witnessed an actual engagement by a Quincy, Mass. couple; new father Ian Somerhalder of Vampire Diaries; Karen Gillan and Matt Smith of Doctor Who; Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith of Jay and Silent Bob; Tim Curry, Barry Bostwick, Nell Campbell and Patricia Quinn of The Rocky Horror Picture Show; Eliza Dushku of Buffy the Vampire Slayer; Karl Urban of Star Trek; Anthony Daniels of Star Wars, Alan Tudyk of Firefly and Star Wars; and Charlie Cox of Daredevil.
Another big hit at this year’s Boston Comic Con was the Cosplay Costume contests for adults and kids that featured original home-made costumes derived from the comic, sci-fi, horror, anime and fantasy worlds.
Boston Comic Con 2017 also connected to the local community through a series of events leading up to the show including a Treasure Hunt at famous Boston landmarks, cosplayer appearance at Game of Thrones Night at Fenway Park, Faneuil Hall Marketplace’s 5th annual Costume Contest and free movie screening with celebrity guest appearance of actors Patricia Quinn and Nell Campbell of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and a visit by cosplayers to patients at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital.
One of the highlights of the Boston Comic Con 2017 show was the area featuring the New England Garrison of the 501st Legion, Alderaan Base of the Rebel Legion and the New England R2 Builders. The 501st display featured remote-controlled droids, the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon, and costumed Star Wars characters. The 501st New England also collected $7,200 in donations to the National Alliance of Mental Health, Boston Chapter in memory of the late Carrie Fisher, the original Princess Leia.
Mark your calendars! Boston Comic Con 2018 will be held at the BCEC on August 10 – 12.