March 21, 2013
The Never-Ending, Four-Color Festival: Cons, Shows, Events
By Tom Spurgeon
* nothing of major import this weekend, at least not as far as I can tell. Fumetto
is ongoing, and there's a Wizard show in St. Louis
. That's a pair about as far apart on the opposite ends of the show spectrum as you can get.
is just sitting there waiting to happen not this weekend but the next one, after which by any any and all measures it's convention season. I know that Anaheim was good to that show last year, and I'd actually like to see them stay down there with something, if not that show specifically. First, I would think that Comic-Con's blend of pop culture would play really well in the greater Los Angeles area this far out from summer. Second, they are comics nerds at their core and I bet if someone else ended up with an Anaheim/Los Angeles show in that same general time period they would not be. They'd still have APE
to keep a hand in in San Francisco, either with that show, or another show like a WCSF (WonderCon San Francisco), or a transformed show in that same general time period. I know that's backseat driving, but it's hard to resist.
* here's the MoCCA programming
. I think that's a fine strategy, keeping it really limited in terms of number of events. That show has a chance to catch on, and sooner rather than later, but they shouldn't overplay their hand.
* the 2nd Annual British Comic Awards have a big press release up here to catch everyone up
. This includes the nominating committee members, the committee chair, and addressing the gender disparity issue that came up last year.
* did you know that Fumetto has a store with a bunch of convention exclusives
? A lot of those things are really nice-looking. Fumetto is one of those shows that is not
dominated by its commercial aspects, so the ones it does offer are kind of fascinating.
are some photos from the current Ron Rege Jr. exhibition.
* finally, Jamie Coville has audio
from the most recent convention in Toronto.
posted 8:00 am PST
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