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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.”