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The First Annual North Shore Comic Con Hosted by the Downtown Lynn Cultural District Happened Saturday

Photos and words by Carla Scheri –

The Lynn Arts Building was alive with activity during the 1st annual North Shore Comic Con on Saturday, May 20th. The beautiful main gallery served as a welcoming first stop with free giveaways such as branded tote bags, comic books, a DIY costume making station, face painting and samples of delicious cupcakes from the White Rose Coffee House. Also on hand was a raffle of a rather unique piece of functional art; an old vinyl record that had been etched and carved into an amazing comic book themed clock!

Moving back into the Black Box Theater one discovered over 15 vendors selling everything from action figures and vintage comics to original and custom pieces.

Lynn’s Calvin Anderson presented his intriguing story of how he struck up a friendship with Elliot Maggin, one of the main writers for DC Comics in the 70s and 80s. Lo and behold, “Calvin Anderson” ended up being a character in Superman #416, published in 1986. There was a great crowd in attendance covering all age ranges, therefore proving yet again that comic books are for everyone.

The North Shore Comic Con was the kickoff event for the Downtown Lynn Cultural District’s summer season. According to director Carolyn Cole, many other fun family friendly events are in the works including a block party and the annual 5K run. You can visit the District’s facebook page for more info. The District is also launching a brand new website in the coming weeks so stay tuned.

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