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Boston Comic Con kicks off with a night at Fenway

Actor Manu Bennett (left) met his character Deathstroke, played by Brian Anderson, at the Boston Comic Con Night at Fenway Park on Thursday. Kayana Szymczak for the Boston Globe

Boston Comic Con kicked off early Thursday night with a pre-game party at Fenway Park. Fans were out to meet some of the VIPs who will appear at the convention, including Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner of DC Comics’s Harley Quinn series, and Brian Azzarello, of DC Comics’s “Wonder Woman.”

The character Harley Quinn (who’s being played by Margot Robbie in the upcoming “Suicide Squad” film) was also represented at the Fenway party by a cosplayer named Ryuu Lavitz, 23, whose handmade costume included a larger-than-life wooden mallet.

Other cosplayers at the event dressed as Captain America, Deathstroke, Wonder Woman, Captain Marvel, Batgirl, and Black Widow.


Actor Manu Bennett, who stars as Deathstroke in the TV series “Arrow,” made an appearance alongside his cosplay counterpart, Brian Anderson. Bennett (who wore a “Free Brady” shirt to the party) said he loves Comic Con because it “drops the barrier and lets you go face-to-face with fans.”

One excited fan, 25-year-old Alex Schlageter of Swansea, sported a Superman-Red Sox logo combination shirt. He said, of the night, “The only thing that I love more than the Red Sox is superheroes and nerdy things. . . . This is the best two things in the world coming together.”

Ryuu Lavitz, 23, as Harley Quinn at the Fenway Park kick-off. Kayana Szymczak for the Boston Globe/Globe Freelance

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