Wicked Comic Con Brings Comic Fandom To Seaport

Photo: Mike Macklin/WBZ NewsRadio

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — The Seaport was filled with superheroes Saturday as comic book fans gathered for the brand new Wicked Comic Con.

The event featured appearances from comic book artists from comic book giants like DC and Marvel along with comic book and collectibles sellers. This year's event was a reimagining of the original Boston Comic Con created in 2007 by the original founders.

Founder Nick Caniff told WBZ's Mike Macklin this new installment of the event was similar to how comic book movies and shows are often brought back and improved upon.

"It really is astonishing and these events are constantly getting rebooted and reinvented," he said. "It's how many times have we seen batman reimagined? From the 1940s black and white serials to the 1966 campy pop TV show with Adam West to Tim Burton's Batman then to Christopher Nolan's Batman and now we have this reimagined, even darker version of Batman and people just love it."

The event, hosted at the Westin Boston Seaport hotel, features a cosplay costume contest, where attendees dress up as their favorite comic book characters. The winner goes home with $1,000.

One cosplayer, Natasha from Fitchburg, came to the event dressed as Poison Ivy, a villain from the Batman comics. She said she likes cosplaying because she enjoys dressing up.

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"It's like an escapism for me," she said. "It also helps build my confidence."

The event runs until 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 9.

WBZ's Mike Macklin reports.

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