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February 13, 2014

The Never-Ending, Four-Color Festival: Cons And Shows


By Tom Spurgeon

image* here's a report from Team 2D Cloud about going to the LA Art Book Fair 2014. Those are becoming increasingly important shows for a subset of publishers.

* Scott McCloud has been announced as the first major guest for this year's Lakes International Comic Arts Festival. I think that one has a lot going for it: a festival model spread throughout a town, an experience for all the North Americans desperate to do a show in England that seems relaxed and enjoyable and values their kind of comics-making over commercial driven pop-culture expression, and fine taste in terms of who they've invited and continue to invite. I'd like to see that one myself.

* Sunderland Comic Con has announced its launch this August.

* that same show has announced its initial exhibition for the festival, too, on the subject of the Great War. The British have a different orientation to that world event than those in the US tend to have.

* one more from the Lakes people: they're opening up a specific part of their exhibition map to applications. That is an odd way to do it, but then again, I sure am writing about it here.

* there were some comics on sale at this French books festival with the most ridiculous looking dealers' room ever.

* they are taking submissions for the Comic-Con souvenir book until late April.

* speaking of the French, Daryl Cagle's cover for next fall's editorial cartooning-driven cartooning festival at St. Just Le Martel is quite something.
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