More than 50,000 people are expected this weekend at Boston Comic-Con, a celebration of pop-culture fandom where visitors will dress up in costume and immerse themselves in the comics, graphic novels, movies, TV shows, and games they love while meeting the actors and artists behind them.
For Hillary Chute, professor of English and art and design at Northeastern, Comic-Con is fascinating on many levels. As an expert on comics and graphic novels, she has attended San Diego Comic-Con—where the event began in 1970, long before it exploded into a global phenomenon.
“They are really fun,” Chute says. “I was intimidated at first. But the whole vibe is so friendly and so much about fan communities coming together. It makes for an uplifting time. You see whole families going together. It’s also a space where you have permission to be creative.”