Comic stores north of Boston get ready for Comic Con

Max Burbank, a staff member at Harrison’s Comics & Pop Culture in Salem, and the “Star Wars’’ icon Yoda, overlook the merchandise. The store also has a warehouse in Woburn.
Max Burbank, a staff member at Harrison’s Comics & Pop Culture in Salem, and the “Star Wars’’ icon Yoda, overlook the merchandise. The store also has a warehouse in Woburn.Photos by Josh Reynolds for the Boston Globe

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Jim Tournas remembers when comic book conventions were sleepy havens for the outcast.

But comic conventions have outgrown their geeky roots. Events like the Boston Comic Con – which gets underway Saturday at the Seaport World Trade Center – have grown as fast as a speeding bullet into pop-culture extravaganzas for fans of superhero movies, TV shows, and video games.

“The money is really good because you can make a lot of sales in one place,” said Tournas, 60, a comic artist and manager at the Salem-based Harrison’s Comics & Pop Culture, which has a warehouse in Woburn and two stores in southern New Hampshire. “Our numbers go through the roof, because we’re selling to thousands of people instead of hundreds that come to our stores.”

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