NEComicCon March 4-5 is about COMICS
Comic artists, creators, and dealers will be at the Northeast Comic Con & Collectibles Extravaganza March 4 & 5 at the Hanover Mall Event Center. You’ll find a high-quality abundance of a variety of genres and styles including silver, gold and modern age and original art.
NEComicCon’s Mission is to show the next generation where the careers are in the creative arts. We provide them role models who chose these paths and are willing to answer questions, review portfolios, and give helpful advice.
Educators, writers and artists, Alex Simmons (Archie, Blackjack), Mike Lopez and Garrison Eckerson (Life’s a Beach), offer guidance to young folks in comic creation and exploring imagination.
Marvel Comic and DC artists include Joe St.Pierre (Spider-Man), Steve Geiger (Punisher, Hulk) and Mark McKenna (Batman, Deadpool)
Comic strip artist Guy Gilchrist (Nancy, The Muppets), Disney Animator and artist Philo Barnhart (The Little Mermaid, Beauty & The Beast, Secret of NIMH) and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles artist Steve Lavigne bring some heavy weight talent to the show from comic art fields outside of the traditional super hero comic book genres.
Independent comic artists are showing that the next big thing may be something you’ve never heard of before. Local independent comic publishers like Bad Kids Press and HB Comics present new titles. Independent artists like Johnny C, Emmanuelle McGowan, Karen Gosselin and Jesse Lundberg present new concepts and characters.
There will be plenty of vintage comic books for sale. These comics will be presented by knowledgeable dealers such as Comicazi (Somerville MA), Rubber Chicken (Bellingham MA), Comically Speaking (Reading MA), Arachknight Comics (Warwick RI), M&T Comics (Hammondton NJ), Bedrock Comics (Framingham MA) and Atomic Dimestore (Centerville MA) among others. You’ll also find all forms of pop culture, toys, actions figures, trading and gaming cards, celebrities signing autographs, cosplay, video games and lots more family fun.
TV’s Batman and Robin will be appearing in person, Adam West and Burt Ward, along with the Batmobile, Batboat and Batcycle. Autographs and photo ops with the dynamic duo will be available all weekend.
Saturday from 10 am until 6 pm, Sunday from 10 am till 5 pm, with early entry available at 9:30 for a higher fee. Children 12 and under free admission with a paid adult admission. Free Parking and Guaranteed Not Boring
Hanover Mall Event Center is located on Route 3, about 15 miles south of Route 93, at Exit 13 (Route 53). Plenty of free parking, and Walmart, Sears, Macys and lots of restaurants next door.
Keith Champagne is an American comic artist, who has also moved into writing, and is known for his work at DC Comics. Keith graduated from Montville High School, Oakdale Connecticut in 1988. He is a 1994 graduate of The Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic art. Keith began working professionally as a comic book inker during his second year at the Kubert School. Titles he has contributed to (as writer) include: JSA, Green Lantern Corps, and World War III. As an artist/inker, his work has appeared in many titles, most notably JSA, Firestorm, and Superboy. Recently he wrote Adolescent Radioactive Black Belt Hamsters, when the license was acquired by Dynamite Entertainment. Upcoming work includes Ghostbusters for IDW Publishing and The Mighty, a creator-owned title for DC Comics, co-written with Peter Tomasi.
Steve Lavigne is best known as an originator, lettering and coloring on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles title for Mirage Studios. He is also the creator of Cudley the Cowlick, Sgt. Bananas, and Stump and Sling.
JOE ST PIERRE
Joe St. Pierre’s outstanding comic book career began in the early 1990’s as a penciller of Rai during the first era of Valiant Comics. Joe has also worked as a penciller/writer for Marvel, DC, Image, IDW and Dynamite. Joe is credited for numerous illustrations featuring Spider-Man and the Spider-Man family.
Sculpture artist for Universal Monsters and Star Wars Action Figures, along with numerous other characters.
Gary Deslauriers is a native of Woonsocket, RI. He now resides in North Smithfield where he lives with his wife and two sons. Gary attended Bradford College and Rhode Island College where he earned his MA in Art Education. He presently works as an elementary school art teacher and moonlights out of his studio as a freelance artist. Past work includes Side-Kicked for Darby Pop.His portraits, commissions, and illustrations can be found on his social media.
Eric Bornstein is a master mask maker, having produced high quality masks for theater and parades, will be giving workshops on mask making all weekend.
LEAGUE PODCAST co-host MATT DURSIN created this modern update of the classic Robin Hood legend, the outlaw and his merry men scour the town of Sherwood in search of medicine. Medicine that they then steal to give to those in need. But which side of good is he really on?
Gary Eckerson, with his friend Mike Lopez, created “Life’s A Beach”, which follows the good natured fun of the kids of Avalon Beach.
Bettina M. Kurkoski was born March 26, 1973 in Montague, Massachusetts. Now residing in Plymouth, Mass, where she works as a freelance illustrator through her business, Dreamworld Studio. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth in 1996 with a BFA in Illustration, she entered TOKYOPOP's Rising Stars of Manga vol. 2 competition in 2003, placing as a runner-up, her work Axis Lumen published in the winners' compilation. My Cat Loki, volumes 1 & 2 available from TOKYOPOP, was Bettina's first professionally published series. She has also contributed the Star Trek 40th Anniversary Convention exclusive cover for Star Trek: TOS manga vol. 1, cover and story art for Star Trek: TOS manga vol. 2, story art for Star Trek: The Next Generation vol. 1, story and art for the Princess Ai/My Cat Loki crossover story in Princess Ai: Encounters, cover and story art for Warriors: Rise of Scourge one-shot and Seekers manga series based on the best selling Seekers novel series, all available from TOKYOPOP and Harper Collins. Her artwork depicting late night talk show host Conan O’Brien’s “alter ego”, Flaming C, was featured along with other selected Flaming C artworks and displayed in a Fanart Gallery Show in San Diego, CA during the San Diego Comic Con in July 2011. She is currently working on several self-publishing projects and launched websites for Nauticon, Worldcon, Ohayocon, Just Yaoi and of course, Dreamworld Studio. And in her spare time (LOL!!!), Bettina greatly enjoys knitting & crocheting to relax and unwind and sharing her artistic love and knowledge with her younger nieces, as she helps mold two future artists!
K. Rose is an Illustrator specializing in Children's Illustration. She resides in the greater Boston area and loves to paint in watercolor. Patrons love to use her work as gifts for family. When she isn't making art, she loves reading novels and comics, and playing video games. She is also a Druid/Barbarian Half-Elf in her 4-year long running D&D game with her best friends. K. Rose will be selling everything from personalized portraits, to gifts for all your nerdy needs.
Victoria Dye is a local Massachusetts artist who is finally realizing her dream of becoming a comic con artist alley participant. Currently she is working on illustrations for a future storybook app. She also does art commissions and works in both the digital and traditional medium. Her favorite subjects to draw are skulls, bones, and birds. She has done pet portraits, nature scenes, and macabre subjects for customers all over the country. If she isn’t buried in her 9-5 job, she is sketching a skull in black pen ink while watching anime.
ART BY MAR
I am an artist from upstate NY primarily focusing on Fantasy Portrait painting, from large format Acrylic on Canvas to small-scale ink on paper you can find more about me and what I do also on my Instagram @Comicartbymar