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EXHIBITOR Guide

Welcome exhibitors to MICE 2023! To assure you are prepared to have a successful show, we have assembled all you need to know here. Still have questions? Email us at mice@bostoncomicarts.org.

hours

Saturday, September 30, 2023

9am – 11am Exhibitor Setup

11am – 6pm Show hours

 

Sunday, October 1, 2023

9am – 11am Exhibitor Professional Development Breakfast

11am – 5pm Show hours

Exhibitor Set-up

Exhibitor Setup begins at 9am on Saturday. Check in at the West Entrance, to receive your badge and exhibitor information packet. Overnight storage is permitted, however take your valuables with you and stow your wares under your tables. All exhibit areas will be locked overnight and the building closes at 10pm.

Exhibitor Professional Development Breakfast 

MICE welcomes all exhibitors to join us for a continental breakfast and Professional Development session on Sunday, October 1 from 9am - 11am. Chat and network with fellow cartoonists and take in a panel held exclusively for exhibitors. Food is provided in the Green Room.

 

How to Fail in Comics Sometimes

9:30 - 10:30am, Thurman Center Stage

MICE and other festivals bring people together to celebrate the creation of comics as inspirations cover to cover. While we focus on the successes, the setbacks, false starts, abandoned concepts, and personal struggles can all be forgotten. So what about failure? In this professional development session, we uncover the sticky process of creation and maintaining a career in the arts.

 

Moderator: Shelli Paroline

Panelists: Carey Pietsch, R. Sikoryak, Breena Nuñez, Zachary Clemente

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our venue

MICE 2023 will be held at the Fuller Building at Boston University

(808 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA).

 

The Exhibition area is in the 808 Gallery and adjacent classroom on the Ground Floor. Panel Rooms are located in the Thurman Center on the Ground Floor, and Workshops take place on the 4th Floor.

Getting here

parking

Exhibitors can find parking at Boston University’s Lot F directly below our venue for $12 - $15/day. Entrance to the underground lot is on Essex Street, Brookline MA.

Please note that overnight parking is not permitted.

by Public Transportation

Taking the T or bus to MICE is encouraged and convenient as our venue is a block east from the Boston University Central T stop on the Green Line B. Complete information on bus, subway, and commuter rail schedules is available on the MBTA web site.

If you are arriving from South Station by bus, commuter rail, or Amtrak, you can take the Red Line inbound to Park Street then switch to the Green B line toward Boston College to Boston University Central.

when you are here

SAFE SPACE POLICY

MICE is proud to be a safe space, free from harassment of any nature for all participants. Review our full Safe Space Policy.

 

If you are being harassed, witness someone else being harassed, or have any concerns, please seek out a MICE staff member – identifiable by yellow “Staff” shirts. You may also report the incident online using the MICE Incident Reporting Form available here

Covid POLICY

MICE 2023 will be implementing the following measures to reduce the public health risk for our attendees, exhibitors, staff, and the community at Boston University. Masking will be required for attendees, exhibitors, and staff in all indoor spaces. ​We ask that only exhibitors are present behind your table. Review our COVID Safety Policy.

AIR FILTRATION in INDOOR SPACES

Exhibit areas and classrooms are equipped with double filtration: hospital grade in room filters and updated filters in the AC systems in response to the pandemic. However, please be aware that any large-scale indoor event carries risk of virus transmission. 

GENDER NEUTRAL BATHROOMS

Gender neutral bathrooms are available just outside the 808 Gallery as well as on the 4th Floor just outside the elevators.

quiet and Outdoor space

For those who need a moment away from the crowds, we will have a designated quiet space for exhibitors. Please look for signage. There is an outdoor courtyard between the Fuller Building and Booth Theater to get air and a place to eat outside.

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table sizes

Please check your original MICE 2023 confirmation to find your table size.

 

Half Space: 3′ x 2.5′

Full Space: 6′ x 2.5′

Small Space: 2.5′ x 2′

cancellation policy

In the event that you must cancel your exhibitor appearance, please email mice@bostoncomicarts.org. Full refunds (minus any processing fees) will be given for cancellations made before September 14, 2023. After which time, we will determine refunds if we can fill the available space.

exhibitor checklist

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Tablecloth

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A well-fitting mask (mandatory)​

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Refillable water bottle

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Book stands or displays

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Cash and a Card Reader

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Phone charger/external battery

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Price tags or list for books

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Free stuff (postcards, business cards, etc)

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Staff

Volunteers and MICE Show Organizers will be wearing yellow “Staff” t-shirts. 


Happiness Officers


MICE Happiness Officer are volunteers dedicated to making sure exhibitors have the best show possible. They are available to answer any questions, deliver snacks, and assist wherever and however possible. Happiness Officers and the MICE Show Organizers will all be wearing bandannas in addition to yellow staff t-shirts for increased visibility. If you need anything at all, just ask!


contacts


In case of emergency, you can reach one of the main organizers by phone:

Jordan Stillman, Co-Director | (617) 637-9121

Dan Mazur, Co-Director | (857) 998-2631

MICE MISCELLANEOUS

PERKS for attendees

MICE Rewards Cards are given out to each attendee and are an incentive to buy 10 mini-comics to earn a free gift! If you are presented with a card, please write your table number in one of the circles for each mini-comic the holder has purchased from you.

Free WiFI

Wifi is available in the MICE venue. You will receive a login within your exhibitor packet when you check in.

Free FooD and Refreshments

MICE is happy to provide free coffee, breakfast items, water, and afternoon snacks to our exhibitors. Please ask a Staff Happiness Officer if you need anything. For meals, there are many options for food in the neighborhood.

Convenient Food & Drink

There are many options for food and drink in Brookline as well as the Greater Boston area. Check out our Food and Drink Map.

WHERE TO STAY

AIRBNB

MICE recommends using www.airbnb.com to find lodging in either private or shared spaces. Use the search terms “Brookline, Boston, MA” to find accommodations near our venue. Key convenient neighborhoods are Brookline, Allston and Central Square.

HOTELS IN BOSTON

Coolidge Corner Guest House (~20 by train to venue)

17 Littell Rd, Brookline, MA 02446

From $279/night

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Hyatt Regency Boston/Cambridge (~14 min by train/walk to venue)
575 Memorial Dr, Cambridge, MA 02139

From $300/night
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DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Boston - Cambridge (~20 min by bus/walk to venue) 

400 Soldiers Field Rd, Boston, MA 02134
From $392/night
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Copley House (~20 min by train to venue)

239 W Newton St, Boston, MA, 02116

From $347/night
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Hilton Garden Inn Boston Brookline (~20 min by train to venue)

700 Brookline Ave, Brookline, MA, 02446

From $391/night
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The Revolution Hotel (~30 min by train to venue)

40 Berkeley St, Boston, MA 02116

From $305/night

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Studio Allston Hotel (~30 min by bus or ~40 min by train to venue)

1234 Soldiers Field Rd, Boston, MA, 02135

From $338/night
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The Kendall Hotel (~40 min by train to venue - red/green connection)

350 Main Street, Cambridge, MA, 02142
From $269/night
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AC Hotel by Marriott Boston Downtown (~40 min by train/walk to venue)

225 Albany St, Boston, MA 02118

From $389/night

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Holiday Inn Express Boston, an IHG Hotel (~45 min by train/walk to venue)

69 Boston St, Boston, MA 02125

From $340/night

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YOTEL Boston (~45 min by train to venue)

65 Seaport Blvd, Boston, MA 02210 (Seaport) 

From $342/night

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HOTELS JUST OUTSIDE BOSTON

These are about 20 to 30 minutes by car to the venue or 60+ min by public transportation.

 

Courtyard by Marriott Boston Waltham

387 Winter St, Waltham, MA 02451

From $289/night

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Hyatt House Boston/Waltham
54 4th Ave, Waltham, MA 02451
From $186/night
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Hilton Garden Inn Boston/Waltham
450 Totten Pond Rd, Waltham, MA 02451
From $197/night
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Embassy Suites by Hilton Boston Waltham

550 Winter St, Waltham, MA 02451

From $239/night

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Best Western Plus Waltham Boston

380 Winter St, Waltham, MA 02451

From $249/night

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Hampton Inn and Suites Boston/Waltham

135 2nd Ave, Waltham, MA 02451

From $220/night

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Hilton Boston/Dedham

25 Allied Dr, Dedham, MA 02026

From $225/night

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Holiday Inn Boston - Dedham Hotel & Conference Center, an IHG Hotel

55 Ariadne Rd, Dedham, MA 02026

From $206/night

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Sheraton Boston Needham Hotel 

100 Cabot St, Needham, MA 02494

From $369/night

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Aloft Lexington

727 Marrett Road - A, Lexington, MA, 02421

From $180/night

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HOSTELS

HI Boston Hostel

19 Stuart St., Boston, MA 02116

From $84.05/night

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Still have Questions?

Get in touch with MICE Directors Jordan Stillman or Dan Mazur at mice@bostoncomicarts.org and we'll help any way we can!

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