Pop Animated: Allow this playlist to help soundtrack this weekend’s Boston Comic Con


Boston Comic Con, which envelops the Seaport World Trade Center and surrounding area starting tomorrow (Friday) and running though Sunday, is good for a handful of things.

If you’re aching’ to meet n’ greet crucial figures of sci-fi/fantasy film and television, Boston Comic Con has the cure for what ails. This year, they got William Shatner and Gillian Anderson headlining a doozy of a guest roster.

If you don’t care about actors, but dig getting your comics autographed, your options are ludicrously bountiful. Consider this: Frank Miller’s appearing, but he’s not even the most currently significant Batman writer slated to lurk about BCC ‘16 (that distinction belongs to Scott Snyder).


Hunting for specialized art or memorabilia of some sort? There are 300 vendor exhibits striving to offer your style of prey. D’ya get your jollies dressing up as Deadpool and/or Harley Quinn and having your picture taken by strangers? Prepare to embark on the greatest day(s) of your life.

But Boston Comic Con is not so good for music. This is a major problem!

Steampunk cons often have live bands. You can’t have an anime con without an impromptu nightcore dance party, or not an anime con to take seriously, at least. So why’s New England’s largest fandom gathering droppin’ the jamz ball? Could it be the case that 40,000 attendees, maybe closer to 50,000 this year, crammed into the Seaport Center doesn’t leave enough leftover room for a stage or DJ booth?


We don’t know for sure, but that sounds like a very plausible case.

In an attempt to rectify the problem myself, I’ve compiled an officially Vanyaland-endorsed Spotify playlist custom designed for Boston Comic Con ‘16, which conveniently eats up no physical space at all. At first, all songs required direct references to superhero lore for inclusion. After a while, a track passed muster if it appears on a film or TV adaptation soundtrack. When I figured CHVRCHES‘ “Bury It” was close enough because one of the artists from The Wicked + The Divine (which is technically not a superhero comic) worked on the video, I knew I had gone too far, and there was no turning back.

Listen to it below. Of course Grimes (pictured up to, live at the Paradise Rock Club last fall), Snoop, Lorde, Sleigh Bells, and the rest aren’t appearing at Boston Comic Con, but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t have been invited.


BOSTON COMIC CONVENTION :: Friday, August 12 to Sunday, August 14 at The Seaport World Trade Center, 1 Seaport Lane in Boston, MA :: Hours vary by day, all ages, $30 to $165 :: Facebook event page :: Full schedule :: Advance tickets