October 17, 2013
The Never-Ending, Four-Color Festival: Cons, Shows, Events
By Tom Spurgeon
* kind of a weird time right now. For a lot of North American mainstream comics-makers, the just-past New York Comic Con
marks the end of the convention calendar year, and it won't start up again until Emerald City
in late March. That's not a hard measure: plenty do other shows, overseas and here in North America, and there are plenty of shows of all sizes to do, but I think for the bulk of people I know in that world there's a definite difference in this time of year. For small-press people there is still CAB
, which is more of a local/national show by virtue of being in the New York area, and Short Run
, which is a rare Seattle show. And there are a ton of others one might ostensibly do as well. But yeah, for major events in North America from a perception
standpoint it seems to me that we're definitely at the con-year-2013-in-winter stage. I'm at CAB and at the Billy Ireland opening
and I'm done as well.
* but yeah, I'm just talking about primary conceptions. Still a ton to do out of North America, for sure. There will be a battery of smaller, up-and-coming shows in the first few months of the new year. There will be a significant North American contingent at the Lakes Festival
forthcoming, for example. Amadora
have their share of great cartoonists. The year ends with Comiket
. And so on.
* NYCC has announced
for October 9-12, 2014, in case you were wondering.
* the Rob Clough-related Durham comics show got about a third of the money it hoped to see
* Joe Gordon talks to Janet Smyth about Stripped
* Danny Fingeroth would like you to know about the programming he's organized for the Wizard event in Nashville
* finally, here's your last-minute reminder tossed your way guilt-free because I remembered to do this Monday as well: exhibitor applications for TCAF
are due tomorrow.
posted 5:00 am PST
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