This was a tough couple weeks for us who live in Massachusetts, especially those who live in the Boston, Cambridge and Watertown areas. Everyone watches the Boston Marathon and we in the Commonwealth celebrate Patriots Day as we would July 4th. So when the cowardly act that cost three people their lives and hundreds with life altering injuries it's enough to make you scream.
Sadly, the Boston Comic Con was cancelled due to the fact the entire Boston area was on lock down while local police and FBI searched for the two cowards before they could do anymore damage. Sure I was disappointed because this is an amazing show I look forward to every year, but circumstances out of our control dictated the way last weekend played out.
What happened out of the cancellation was amazing! Local stores like Comicazi in Somerville, Friendly Neighborhood Comics in Bellingham, Comicopia in Boston, Studios at Porter Mills in Beverlyn and Larry's in Lowell all held events like creator signings to help ease the loss of a show. Every little bit does help!
Cudos go to all the stores who housed these last minute events, the creators who stuck around and the fans who made it out to one, some or all the locations to support these gatherings. This is how we heal as a city, state and country!
This is why the comic book community has the coolest people in it! It was nice to see the positives of the situation outweighed the negatives by a 90% margin. For me and most rational people, death and tragedy outweighs a comic con. The guys held out as long as they could to cancel and I appreciated the 'hope' they gave me as bullets were flying and bombs were going off all round the area.
So here is some good news!!! The promoters at Boston Comic Con will be making an announcement very soon with the possibility of a make up date! If you're not friends on Facebook with BCC, friend them NOW! This and their site at www.bostoncomiccon.com are the places to go for all the up to date news. And of course the Secret Identity Facebook page and our site will have all the info that needs to get out there.
Brian and I look forward to the next Boston Comic Con, this year or next!