If you’re in Massachusetts from December 3rd to 4th, then you should stop by Wilmington, MA, for the North-East Comic Con & Collections Extravaganza. NECC is a biannual con hosted by IMAGE (Interactive Meet and Greet Entertainment) that happens every summer and winter. The venue is the Aleppo Shriners Auditorium at 99 Fordham Rd., and the town itself is just a short car ride north of Boston.
If you’re attending, you’ll be able to see (and get autographs from) Jerry Casale and Josh Hager from the late 70’s new wave band Devo, Billy West, who does the voices of Ren and Stimpy from the Nickelodeon show of the same name, Dean Cain, who played superman in “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman”, Cherie Currie, the well-known former lead vocalist of The Runaways, and Sean Gunn from “Guardians of the Galaxy” and it’s upcoming sequel.
The con also features some great comic artists, like Dan Parent, Rick Parker, Joe St. Pierre and Gary Eckerson.
Some of the celebrities will be participating in NECC’s Video Ops – basically when you get an autograph and meet the celebrity, your time will be captured on video and sent to you as a keepsake.
For the cosplay enthusiasts, there will be costume contests for you to partake in throughout the con weekend. Original characters are strongly encouraged in the competitions, so get creative with your costumes!
If you need to take a little break from all the con excitement, there’s a free play area set up for both vintage and modern gaming systems. If you’re in no mood to relax, then there’s some awesome gaming tournaments going on, so test your skills against your fellow attendees. There’s also a few Magic: The Gathering tournaments available, just in case you brought your deck.
If you don’t get enough of the con on Saturday, don’t despair, there will be a sweet after party at the host hotel, the Crowne Plaza, located at 15 Middlesex Canal Park Dr., Woburn, MA.
For attendees bringing the kids with them, the NECC KIDZ section will have all kinds of cool things going on from the con’s open to the close, including workshops hosted by Bill Diamond from “Fraggle Rock” and Alex Simmons from Archie Comics.