Another Black Friday has come and gone. We hope small businesses saw a boost in sales on Saturday, but Cyber Monday will round off holiday shopping for many Americans. What alternative choices do art lovers and geeks have for unique gifts? The Winter Northeast Comic Con and Collectibles Extravaganza (NECC) is this upcoming weekend, Dec. 5 and 6, 2015.
What comic book convention would be complete without celebrity writers and illustrators? This year will feature George Perez. This is also a pop culture con, so you can meet actors, musicians, puppeteers and voice talent. You may find yourself in a time warp when you meet Claudia Wells, who is best known for her performance as the original Jennifer Parker in “Back To The Future.” You can also chat it up with John Wesley Shipp from “The Flash,” members from the “Power Rangers” franchise, cast from “A Christmas Story,” cartoon writer Bill Freiberger, multifaceted artist Arthur Suydam, and others. A “Lost In Space” chariot will be available for photo ops as well as Marta Kristen and Mark Goddard. It’s good form to change up the special guests every year, but we always look forward to catching up with frequent media guests. For example, we love the down-to-earth puppeteer Bill Diamond, the hilarious voice actor Mike Pollock, anecdotes from local comedian Ken Reid, and the very enthusiastic Johnny C. If you’re looking for something completely different, meet and greet with “Queen of the Paranormal” Kadrolsha Ona. She may give the gift of closure from the dearly departed with her access to the spirit world.
There are still some surprises in store for us with panels and other events, but click this link for the working schedule so far. This year, there will be a “Press Your Luck” game show, more cosplay contests and even Santa might make an appearance. Getting to Wilmington from points around Boston will be easier than ever, because rideshare services can be provided by Krooze and there will be a direct bus route with Sharethebus.
The official after party this time around will be headlined by Andrew W.K. Make sure to “Party Hard” for him. Executive producer for NECC, Gary Sohmers, always says his pop culture expo is “guaranteed not boring.” He found the king of party rock himself to keep his word. You’ll need a separate ticket for the Rock N Soul Holiday Concert, but there will be snacks, comedians and other musical acts to enjoy. There’s only room for 200 people to attend, so this will be an intimate show. This ticket also provides free admission to NECC the next day.
All ticket packages can be purchased in advance here. With less than a week to decide, will you dress up as a superhero or a villain? DC character or Marvel universe? You could also win prizes for the best costume as an individual from Star Wars, Doctor Who, Disney, or your own creation. Whether you go to this event for the fashion culture, the visual illustrations, for the love of motion pictures, the art of standup comedy, the wonder of puppetry, or the passion of music, you will find art and your niche within the nerd community.