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Mar 17, 2018








Courtesy photos from Granite State Comicon.

Out of Time! After Party

Where: Radisson
When: Saturday, Sept. 12, at 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Admission: $10, for ages 21 and older only
Attend the Granite State Comicon
Where: Radisson, 700 Elm St., Manchester
When: Sunday, Sept. 12, at 10 a.m., through Sunday, Sept. 13, at 5 p.m.
Admission: single-day badge is $25, weekend badge $35, VIP badge $60, free for kids 10 and younger
Granite State Comicon schedule
Grand Ballroom, Saturday, Sept. 12: Billy Dee Williams Q&A at noon; Aliens panel (with Ricco Ross and Cynthia Scott) at 1:30 p.m.; Dorks and Dungeons at 3 p.m.; 6th annual costume contest at 5 p.m.; Out of Time After Party at 9 p.m.
Meeting Room B, Saturday, Sept. 12: “Whovians are Cool” (Dr. Who fan panel)at 11:30 a.m.; Movie and TV effects make-up session at 1 p.m.; Press Your Luck at 2:30 p.m. (trivia game); Cindy Morgan Q&A at 4 p.m.; Nowheresville 15th anniversary at 5:30 p.m.
Webster Room, Saturday, Sept. 12: Cosplayers Guide to Leather at 11:30 a.m.; Intro to Lightsabers at 1 p.m.; Inebri Life-Drawing at 2:30 p.m.; Hands-On Molding and Casting at 4 p.m.; Comic Book Trivia at 5:30 p.m.
Armory Sunday, Sept. 13: Sketch Off at noon; Dawn Wells Q&A at 1:30 p.m.; Kids’ Costume Contest at 4 p.m.
Meeting Room C/D Sunday, Sept. 13: Noah Hathaway Q&A at 11:30 a.m.; Geek Jeopardy: Granitecon Edition at 1 p.m.; Larry Wilcox Q&A at 2:30 p.m.; League of Extraordinary Gentlewomen discussion at 4 p.m.
Meeting Room B Sunday, Sept. 13: “Meet the Legions: A Look at the Costumes, Creativity and Charity of Lucasfilm’s Preferred Costume Organizations,” includes large-scale prop construction, at 11:30 a.m.; Darby Pop Publishing Panel at 1 p.m.; Video Game Script Writing at 2:30 p.m.; Introduction to EVA Foam Armor and Props at 4 p.m.

Granite State Comicon turns 12
This year, it’s Star Wars themed

By Kelly Sennott

 After more than a decade of annual Granite State Comicons, organizers have a pretty reliable, tried-and-true formula for the downtown Manchester event.

First, invite pop culture celebrities as special guests, like Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian from Star Wars), Dawn Wells (Mary Ann from Gilligan’s Island) and Noah Hathaway (Atreyu from The Neverending Story). Bring in area vendors, artists and pop culture enthusiasts to show off their stuff at vendor tables, panels and games. And, of course, create a costume contest that will draw in cosplayers from all over the region (prepare to see some Princess Leias, Batmen, Captain Americas, Wonder Women, Spidermen and Walking Dead people, in handmade costumes, no less).
The 12th annual Granite State Comicon is set to yet again be bigger than the last. It’s happening Saturday, Sept. 12, through Sunday, Sept. 13, at the Radisson Hotel in downtown Manchester.
Though the essential make-up of the pop culture weekend remains similar to past years, Double Midnight Comics owner Chris Proulx said via phone, the floor plan gets a bit of a transformation and so does the theme. Last year it was all about Game of Thrones. This year, it’s all about Star Wars in honor of the December release.
Along with the visit from Williams, there will be appearances by 501st New England, a Star Wars cosplayers’ group, shooting galleries (take down some of the bad guys with a Nerf gun), a light saber training class and Star Wars memorabilia on display, like the trash compactor. Proux hinted at a little Jurassic Park action, too — one guy will be bringing a movie-themed truck he recreated — and between events, visitors can check the almost 150 artists and vendors who will be there all weekend long, including Marvel artist Nick Bradshaw, who’s created art for Guardians of the Galaxy, Wolverine and X-Men.
As always, there’s an after party Saturday night — Out of Time! is at the Radisson and starts at 9 p.m. with a DJ, specialty drinks, costume contest and photo opps with a few “Guardians.”
Proulx said he expects another big crowd this year. Reception has been so great at past Granite State Comicons, organizers expanded in June, producing the first-ever MASSive Comic Con in Worcester’s DCU Center. The event brought in some new faces, but enthusiasts drive down from New Hampshire, too.
“We were kind of realizing we were getting low on space,” Proulx said. “But the Radisson is the biggest spot in the area. So we started looking [for venues] at the same time the DCU Center was looking to [organize a comic con].”
Proulx said Double Midnight Comics has its hands full now; both the Concord and Manchester stores remain open all weekend long as well, and the event means Double Midnight staff will be at work 24/7 all weekend, but of course, it’s what they love to do.
“We love seeing people have fun and enjoying the event,” Proulx said. 

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