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November 8, 2012

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


By Tom Spurgeon

* this weekend it's BCGF. The first satellite event was Monday and starting tonight the show openings and related-type offerings come hard and heavy from now until the Saturday show itself and on through the weekend. I plan to be in attendance, so hopefully that will work out.

* so I guess there's a convention in Cincinnati that's attempting to raise money through Kickstarter. I have absolutely no sense of Cincinnati as a comics town beyond Jim Borgman, Carol Tyler, Justin Green and Bruce Chrislip. That seems like it would be enough, though. That's a fascinating part of the country, that whole lower Ohio/Kentucky region.

* I never really understood the BEA's fascination with Comic-Con. I always thought they should have just shrunk a bit and kept the show what it was, becoming tighter and more focused. This is probably why they don't let me run shows, though.

* spent some time last weekend updating this site's forthcoming events calendar that focuses on events down the line two months and beyond. As that post now features 2013 events, I thought it might be a good time to shake any dates from the tree that hadn't been reported to me or that escaped my attention. It looks like another full, fun year. One 2012 event about which I learned that I hadn't seen yet was the Locust Moon Comics Festival, scheduled for Beethoven's Birthday in December. That one looks like fun -- a pre-Christmas small press show on the East Coast in that city in particular seems to me a fine idea.

* Warren Bernard e-mailed to say that SPX 2013 has dates: September 14 and September 15. I hadn't seen it announced anywhere, although those are the dates everyone assumed, I think. That was a great show this year.
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