NortheastCon in Boxboro, MA was fun, if a bit underattended. Not sure I'd attend a Thanksgiving Weekend convention again (just wanted to try one to see how it would go) but from what I understand, the other iterations of this Con in the spring and summer are much better attended so maybe we'll try those instead in the future.
Gotta say, the Regency Hotel was a fun and interesting place to stay, with a heated pool, food concessions, a Dunkin Donuts nearby, and performances by bands and comedians in the main room each night after the Con closed. The con itself was split up into many meeting rooms that the Hotel provides, so you really had to walk around and peek into every open area. One of my favorite comic vendors was a comic seller called Area 51, who had a ton of sexy heroine books, some of an adult nature. I couldn't spend a ton of money, but I did wind up getting an issue of Tarot Witch of the Black Rose, the #1 issue of the infamous Magnificent Milkmaid, and a new title on Titan Books called Gun Honey (which kind of reminded me of Danger Girl) with a very nice Adam Hughes cover.
We were set up in the Artists and Authors room, and had a good time - meeting Marvel artist Keith Williams (Web of Spider-Man, etc) and his wife Mayette, and Steve Stern who created Zen the Intergalactic Ninja. We also met Alan and Chris from the New England-based HB Comics (no relation to HeroineBurgh) they have a bunch of interesting superhero books including one starring a sexy superheroine named Foxglove (in the vein of Huntress and Batgirl) who gets into a lot of peril. We brought some of their books back to Pittsburgh to distribute to two local shops. I also met a guy named Ara with whom I interact a lot on the Youtube chats which I mod (such as POPXP, Critical Blast and Peter Simeti).
Overall we sold 16 Heroineburgh books to new fans, which isn't spectacular, but we also picked up three new stores which now carry our books, making the store total over 190: Larry's Comics (Lowell MA), Tales of Adventure (Coopersburg, PA) and Uptown Comic Book Cafe (Salisbury MA), selling another dozen books to them. Everyone who bought a book also got a free autographed color photo of Stellara (played by awesome actress Casey, who was there with us at the Con for the whole duration).
Stellara made quite an impression on the Con-goers. She was definitely wearing the tightest costume in the building, and a lot of people took photos of her, some winding up also buying comics as a result. She had a hoarse throat, so she couldn't talk very much, but she made up for it with her stunning appearance, walking around the place in those go-go boots and attending our panel.
Here is one of the power pose shots we took.
This is late-70s punk/new-wave Boston legends Nervous Eaters. They are back together with a new album on Little Steven's label, and they played the Con afterparty show on Saturday night at 8 pm.
Also performing at the Con on all three days were the gorgeous Harp Twins, a pair of lovely blond ladies who play mostly covers (Metallica, Aerosmith, etc) and a handful of originals on their harps. They are known around the convention and Celtic music circuits. Apparently they get some pretty eager fans, so they also have two guys with them who double as both tech and security - their bodyguards are also twins!
NortheastCon graciously allowed Heroineburgh to hold a discussion panel where we showed Episode 19 (Part 2) and then talked
about the series. Also on the panel were Marvin Wynn (creator of The Edge) who promoted his book, and of course, Casey as Stellara, who talked about how she joined the series and what kind of influences she puts into portraying her character. We had several people in attendance who wound up buying comics afterwards - one of our loyal fans was SHF poster IMSancho. Thanks for coming on both Saturday and Sunday, Sancho!
Stellara (Casey) won the Original Character cosplay contest which was held twice during the Con. It was hosted by a New England area cosplayer named Carley Winn, who appeared on Sunday as "Hanukkah Harley", complete with her custom-made dreidel hammer. She was very cute, and I had to take a photo of her - it was definitely one of the best cosplays at the Con.
If anyone wants to watch the whole Stellara presentation, it's about 3 1/2 minutes long, and it won her first prize in the cosplay contest, which was a sweet $50. Because Casey had a hoarse throat, I narrated her origin story and her video adventures, while Casey acted and posed for the audience. She got some very nice clapping and cheering.