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February 27, 2014

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


By Tom Spurgeon

* STAPLE this weekend; that's an honorable member of the small press how old guard. Chip Zdarsky will be there.

* last year this weekend was ECCC, I think. I really do prefer a mostly concentrated convention calendar, but the trade-off is that four weeks from now, we are on it until mid-May.

* this reminder from Heroes that their hotel rate is now live I hope will force you to go through all of your convention plans for 2014 and see if youre meeting dealines on registration and the like and securing your hotel rooms and flights in a timely fashion. As for Heroes, that's the bar-con hotel, and of all the conventions I've been to not staying at that hotel is a firm vote to opt out of every last second of that particular part of the convention. I like the Hilton and it access to the YMCA, but if I were a younger professional, it'd be Westin all the way.

* Page 45 will use the platform of this year's Lakes festival to throw itself something of a 20th anniversary bash. I'm always surprised that more comics entities don't do this.

* finally, we're starting to hear about show debuts for TCAF. Show debuts is something that comics entities do very well in contrast to anniversaries and the like.
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