The Hippo


May 30, 2020








Special guests 

Entertainment guests 
Charlet Chung and Lucie Pohl, Overwatch; Dante Basco, Hook and The Legend of Korra; Linda Larkin, Aladdin; Rick Farmiloe, Disney animator; Eva Bella and Livvy Stubenrauch, Frozen; Troy Baker, The Last of Us; Ming Chen, Comic Book Men and I Sell Comics; “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan, WWE Hall of Fame 
Comic guests
Michael Cho and Sam de la Rosa DC Comics, Marvel and Image; Sara Richard, My Little Pony and The Ghost, The Owl; Elias Chatzoudis, Zenescope Entertainment; Ben Bishop, TMNT and The Aggregate; Blake Northcott, Fathom; Carlo Barberi, Green Lantern; Tim Lim, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Universe; Matt Frank, Godzilla and Transformers; Mark McKenna, Combat Jacks; Paul Pelletier and Christopher Uminga, DC Comics and Marvel; Joe St. Pierre, New Zodiax; Jeff Kline and Darby Pop Publishing; Jeremy Holt, Skinned; Bill Walko, The Hero Business; Chrissie Zullo, DC Comics; Ed Smith, The Mike Wieringo Tellos Tribute; Rich Woodall, Sgt. Werewolf; Craig Rousseau, Kyrra: Alien Jungle Girl; Scott Hamilton, Hiro: Risen Son; Bill Anderson, Silver Surfer and Action Comics; Dan Nakrosis, Archie, Marvel and Image; Chris Campana, First World and Tellos; Blair Shedd, Doctor Who; Alterna Comics and Peter Simeti 
Cosplay and fan community guests 
Dollilicious, GiveWave Studios, Khepera Von Stitches, Ruby Rinekso, Jennifer Rose, Lucky Grim, New England Brethren of Pirates, Feature Presentation, Massachusetts Ghostbusters, The Nerd Magician, The Role Initiative, The 501st & The Rebel Legion, The Hero Army presents The Stark Expo, Granite State Saber Academy, Games by Playdate
Granite State Comic Con 
When: Saturday, Sept. 16, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 17, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
Where: Radisson Hotel, 700 Elm St., Manchester 
Cost: Saturday admission $25, Sunday admission $20, weekend pass $35, VIP pass (includes early entry at 9:30 a.m., both days) $80. 
More info:
Event highlights 
(see for full list)
Karaoke Against Humanity: A Kickoff Party for Convention People - 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. ($5 cover)
Kid Zone - 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 
Cosplayer and photographer shoot-out - 2 p.m. 
Ultimate sketch-off - 3:30 p.m. 
Costume contest - 5 p.m.
90’s Party Palooza - 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Jewel Nightclub (61 Canal St., Manchester) ($15 online, $20 at the door)
Kid Zone - 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
Kids sketch-off - 12:30 p.m. 
Kids costume contest - 2 p.m. 
Bringing Disney Dreams to Life - 11 a.m. 
How Do I Draw That? - Noon 
What Comics do the Pros Read? - 1 p.m. 
Writing for Comics, Novels, Games and TV - 2 p.m. 
Jack of All Trades: How to Make a Living in Comics - 4 p.m. 
Kickstarter Q&A - 5 p.m. 
Advanced Cosplay Q&A - 11 a.m. 
Making your Own Comic - 12:30 p.m. 
Crafting a Comics Portfolio - 2:30 p.m. 
Getting Unstuck: Tips for Dealing with Writer’s Block - 3:30 p.m. 

Come for the comics
Stay for the costumes, guest celebrities, artists and more at Granite State Comic Con

By Angie Sykeny

 Comics, games and pop culture are at the heart of Granite State Comic Con, featuring guest celebrities and comic artists, educational panels, costume contests, vendors and more. 

Now in its 15th year, the convention is happening Saturday, Sept. 16, and Sunday, Sept. 17, at the Radisson Hotel in downtown Manchester. 
“There’s so much to see and do. It’s very interactive,” said Chris Proulx, owner of Double Midnight Comics in Manchester, which produces the event. “You can come for the whole thing and still not get around to see everything.” 
The weekend kicks off with a pre-party on Friday, Sept. 15, featuring karaoke and party games like Cards Against Humanity, Superfight and more. 
On both days of the convention, special guests including film, television and video game actors, comic artists, cosplayers and fan communities will be there for meet-and-greets, photo ops and autograph sessions. This year’s lineup has actors from Frozen, Overwatch, Hook and more, as well as comic artists for Marvel Comics, DC Comics and others. 
“People love getting to meet the person behind the character and get an autograph or a photo with them,” Proulx said. “It’s really exciting, especially if it’s one of their favorite characters.” 
One of the guest comic artists this year is local favorite Sara Richard, who is best-known for her work on the My Little Pony comics. An independent artist, Richard has also done work on Rick and Morty and Bob’s Burgers and produced the artwork for a tarot card set released by DC comics. 
She’ll have a table at the comic con where she’ll display her artwork, give sketch demonstrations, meet fans and sign comics. She’ll also be doing custom art for attendees. 
“It’s a personalized piece of art that I do right there at the show, and the person can watch it being created,” Richard said. “People ask for random things like Batman in an astronaut costume, or they’ll ask me to do a portrait of their pet or a My Little Pony character with their persona. It’s fun because it’s always a new challenge.” 
In addition to the special guests, there will be an array of pop culture exhibitors and vendors selling popular comics, original artwork, vintage action figures, games, anime and other collectibles. 
All day on both days, there will be a Kids Zone presented by Kids Con New England with lessons on creating comics, coloring contests, crafts and more. 
“There will be all kinds of things for kids to do,” Proulx said. “It’s like a mini convention within the convention where kids can do stuff on their own level.”
A variety of panels featuring some of the special guests will be offered on topics such as drawing and writing comics, the business of comics and cosplay techniques.
There will be numerous opportunities to take part in games and activities like video game tournaments, Dungeons & Dragons, stage combat lessons, Geek Jeopardy! and more. 
One of the biggest draws of the comic con is the costume contest, where attendees can compete for cash prizes with their best cosplays of video game, television, film and comic book characters. The adult contest takes place on Saturday, and the contest for kids under age 13 will take place Sunday. 
“It’s something we’ve seen grow over the years. The cosplay movement has really blown up,” Proulx said. “A lot of people come just to see the costumes. It’s a big spectacle.” 
Part of what makes Granite State Comic Con unique, Proulx said, is its small size, relative to the other comic conventions held across the country. 
“Some of the bigger conventions are really overwhelming,” he said, “but ours is more accessible to everyone.” 
Richard appears at comic cons all over the U.S. and abroad —- she’s done more than 15 this year alone — and says she prefers the smaller ones like Granite State Comic Con over larger conventions like those held in San Diego and New York City. She said the high-profile special guests at the larger shows tend to overshadow the comic artists. 
“Those shows are all about the celebrities, and the artist section is just an afterthought. We’re set up in the back of the place or hidden away in a corner,” she said. “But Granite State Comic Con really features the artists, and the people who come are really into the comics. It’s nice, as an artist, to have an audience that still comes for the art.” 

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