I've yet to even begin sorting out the Rose City Comic Con, a Portland-based convention whose -- I believe -- second-year show took place last weekend. Hopefully by the time I roll this out at least the bare bones of a "Collective Memory" is in place some scrollable distance below this post.
A lot of what I heard people talk about and the e-mails I received about Rose City suggested that the show was a big deal because it gave Portland a mainstream-friendly comics/pop-culture convention that wasn't run by Wizard. I suppose that's true; a show is a story all by itself. Two other potential stories, though, are 1) the extension of the Emerald City-related convention business -- if the Portland show in which they're now invested comes off over the next few years, they are an even more significant player in the increasingly vital conventions continent of the world of comics, 2) the possibility that a show with mainstream and genre-driven indy leanings behind which Portland's significant creator community can rally having an impact on long-time indy-to-small-press show Stumptown's direction and strategy moving forward. We'll see how it all shakes out, I'm sure.