This past weekend I was able to attend the Summer edition of the bi-annual Northeast Comic Con and Collectibles Extravaganza in Wilmington, MA. The convention was held at the town's Shriner's Auditorium which offered ample space for a show of this size.
While there were no Star Wars actors scheduled to appear at the show, there was a small, but wide focused selection of celebrities from TV, movies and music in attendance to keep autograph collectors busy all day. The celebrities included Mickey Dolenz of The Monkees who was in town in support of the band's new album 'Good Times!' which debuted at number on the Billboard Top 40 list earlier this month. Also in attendance was Chase Masterson who has appeared on Doctor Who and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. James Tolkan who played Mr. Strickland in the 'Back to the Future' trilogy. Barry Bostwick who appeared in the cult classic film 'The Rocky Horror Picture Show' as well as the TV series 'Spin City' with Michael J Fox. In addition to the pop culture icons, there were also plenty of comic book artists at the show, selling prints, original artwork, and custom sketches done at the show. Our friend Rob from Herofied was even there, selling prints and showcasing his two newest creations, based on Thor and the Winter Soldier from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
One of the best things about this show was how family friendly it was. There was a lot for the kids to do, from an arts and crafts table and lessons in mask making to costume contests and puppetry the children in attendance were made to feel welcome and encouraged to participate.
The staff at the Northeast Comic Con put on a first class shown and the crowd on hand had an absolute blast. I look forward to their next convention in December and can't wait to see how they plan to top this past weekend's event.