Fan Expo Boston 2018!
So I'm not a big convention guy. I don't really like crowds. I despise books that are marked waaaaayyyyy up just because the con is big. And cosplay kind of irks me unless it's stuff like this!
Thankfully Fan Expo Boston exceeded all expectation for a large con. Everyone was super friendly, even the police! The show had a diverse group of creators who were all eager to meet fans and sign stuff. I was impressed at how affordable the signings were. Many conventions that I have attended often include creators that overcharge but at Fan Expo the prices were really cheap and many charged nothing at all. People forget that show promoters don't set prices for signings or photo ops with celebs. So if you were looking for a show that offered great pricing, short lines and a well crafted set up this show was for you!
Recently I have made more of an effort to attend local shows for a variety of reasons. In this case it was to see John Byrne, a comic hero of mine. John was one of the few creators with a long line, so long in fact that I ran out of things to do while waiting for it to die down. I vaped with a random Spider-Gwen and as a result, followed this droid around for way to long.
Sadly the line never shrunk! Thankfully everyone else at the show was easily accessible. I dug through every dollar bin ( and there were a lot! ) looking for gold. I set out to find a Batman 386 which was easily the most sought after book at the show. I spoke with dealers, cosplayers, workers and a cop ( my insulin pump set off the alarms! ) I was lucky to speak to Donny Cates. He's about as cool as it gets and boy did he have some interesting things to say about
I passed on meeting most celebs, though some were really cool to see in person. Overall I would say it was a wildly successful show, at least for me! If you live on the east coast I recommend checking it out if cons are your thing. The Gnarly Quinns were kept to a minimum, fans were engaged, bathrooms were clean and everyone was friendly. That's about all you can ask for!