Following the bombings Monday at the Boston Marathon that killed three people and injured 176 others, organizers of Boston Comic Con have confirmed the event will go on Saturday and Sunday as planned.
"The 2013 Boston Comic Con will be held this weekend!" they said in an email to attendees. "Despite the tragic events that recently occurred at The Boston Marathon, The Boston Comic Con will continue as scheduled." A portion of proceeds from an art auction will be donated to the American Red Cross for Boston Marathon relief efforts.
The Hynes Convention Center, where the event will be held, is located on Boylston Street, less than two blocks away from the second explosion; the nearby Mandarin Oriental Hotel and Lenox Hotel were evacuated shortly after the bombings. However, The Boston Globe reports some areas of downtown will reopen today.
Boston Comic Con's guest lineup includes such creators as George Perez, Mike Mignola, Carlos Pacheco, Amanda Conner, Mark Bagley, Nate Bellegarde, Jimmy Palmiotti, Amy Reeder, Frank Cho, Tony Daniel, Don Rosa, Colleen Doran, Bill Willingham, Sean Gordon Murphy and Chrissie Zullo.