March 14, 2013
The Never-Ending, Four-Color Festival: Cons, Shows, Events
By Tom Spurgeon
* interesting weekend for shows, as there's something in Leipzig
that looks cool, day shows near Chicago
and in Albany
, the sizable and well-liked MegaCon
in Orlando, and the jewel of the European comics festivals in beautiful cities
sometimes attended by bunches of North Americans but maybe nearly as effective for the idea of it as for the reality, Fumetto
. Anders Nilsen and Robert Crumb are the primary exhibits of interest when it comes to English-language cartoonists there in Luzern, although there's a ton of stuff as always.
* NYCC starts rolling out tickets
* SPX invites you
to try out their registration walk-through.
* so this convention
means that if a second edition of The Projects comes off there will be five legitimate comics conventions/festivals of the kind where people might stay in a hotel or house nearby in Portland this year. That is fairly awesome, actually.
* get those Stumptown Award applications done immediately, and postmarked right away
* Bill Kartalopoulos sent along word about Open Space's Fourth Annual Publications And Multiples Fair, held in Baltimore, Maryland. His list of comics-type people attending included Austin English, Matthew Thurber, Clara Bessijelle, Leah Wishnia, Andy Burkholder, Lale Westvind, Eamon Espey, all of the Closed Caption Comics people and himself. Here are several links Bill sent
. One more here
* the Lakes International Comic Art Festival
sent out a press release crowing about an admittedly awesome line-up of guests. The European-style festival in the UK can now boast: Bryan and Mary Talbot, Sean Phillips, Ed Brubaker, Jose Munoz (!), Joe Sacco, Posy Simmonds, John Wagner, Carlos Ezquerra, Glyn Dillon, Jon McNaught, Doug Braithwaite and Andy Diggle. That sounds like a blast.
* Seattle's Short Run announced
for November 30. Thanksgiving weekend is a tough weekend for comics shows, usually, because of difficulties in travel and making the time, but in this case that's almost exclusively a local show with a local audience. I bet there are fewer than 20 people that traveled to last year's.
* finally, I'm not the best judge of web sites, but it strikes me that this
is a very good web site for a smaller show.
posted 5:00 am PST
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