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Terrificon '23

30 Jul 2023

If I’m lucky, I manage to get to about one comics convention a year. Typically that’s FanExpo here in Boston, but this year it was Terrificon down in CT at the Mohegan Sun Casino.

The main draw for this was absolutely the creator guest list, which was – I won’t mince words – for me, staggeringly good. As a kid, I got into these books in the late 80’s, early 90’s, at the height of the “mutant” craze. Some of the names most ubiquitous during that time – Chris Claremont, Alan Davis, Walt and Louise Simonson, Arthur Adams – were all in attendance this weekend, among many other heavy-hitting artists and writers.

As a result? I had to go.

I pulled together a small stack of books I wanted signed, and made my way down to CT. The day was long, the lines were longer, but thanks to the folks at the CBCS booth I was able to wrangle witnessed signatures and get them submitted for grading. It’s not something I do often, but this time around I went the “treat yo-self” route. YOLO, and all that.

The Terrificon crowd
There was no shortage of people. My anxiety didn't let me forget it 😅
Me and Arthur Adams, smiling
Arthur Adams - a personal GOAT, an absolute legend.
Freshly signed Art Adams comic books
Four of the Arthur Adams books I had signed
Chris Claremont and I
Speaking of legends! Mr Chris Claremont, the creator of who most (myself included) would consider the canonical Uncanny X-Men.
Chris Claremont signing an absurd number of books for a single attendee
No signature limits for Claremont so ... shoot your shot, attendee guy.
Walt and Louise Simonson
Walt and "Weezy" Simonson (!!!)
Ryan Ottley
Ryan Ottley, one of my favorites current artists, holding Hulk #1
Tom King and Mitch Gerads
Tom King and Mitch Gerads - two of DC's best modern-day creators
Rick Leonardi
Rick Leonardi at work
Comic books being prepared for sending off to CBCS
Several of the books I'd gotten signed, getting ready to be shipped off to CBCS for grading, and slabbing
Me and Tim
And finally, my very dear old friend Tim, who drove up from his side of CT and that I don't get to see nearly as much as I would like

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