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December 12, 2013

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


By Tom Spurgeon

* WonderCon continues to build its guest list in Brady Bunch increments. It might be fun to look at this round to round to see how a guest list is built for a show like that, although I'm not sure a lot of people have fun doing the same things I do.

* The Devastator takes a survey of some of their fellow con exhibitors, and the results are interesting in the broad strokes.

* Sean Azzopardi went to the comics show in Malta and has the pictures to prove it.

* so here's what I have down for shows in which I have a general interest next year:
Image Expo, January 9
Angouleme, January 30-February 2
Emerald City Comic-Con, March 28-30
MoCCA Festival, April 5-6
Stumptown Comics Fest, April 12-13
SPACE, April 12-13
Wonder Con, April 18-20
C2E2, April 25-27
TCAF, May 9-11
MeCAF, May 18
VANCAF, May 24-25
NCS Yearly Meeting/Reubens (San Diego, CA), Memorial Day Weekend
CAKE, May 31-June 1
Denver Comic Con, June 13-15
HeroesCon, June 20-22
Comic-Con International, July 23-27
Baltimore Comic-Con, September 5-7
SPX, September 13-14
APE, October 4-5
New York Comic-Con, October 9-12
Lakes International Comic Arts Festival, October 17-19
ICAF (Columbus, OH), November 13-15
Comic Arts Brooklyn, As Yet Unscheduled
Thought Bubble, As Yet Unscheduled
Short Run, As Yet Unscheduled
Genghis Con, As Yet Unscheduled
That is a lot of shows, and I'm almost certainly forgetting six to eight worth attending for most people, and another dozen worth attending for specific subsets of comics folk.

* Heroes Con, which takes place in June, already has a lengthy list of guests. Always nice to Evan Dorkin and Sarah Dyer in Charlotte. That's a show where people go year to year because you can actually build the audience's expectation for your presence over time -- that's not always the case with various conventions and festivals.

* speaking of favorite major regional/smaller national shows, Emerald City is a bit later but is still loaded with guests and all the con rate hotels are disappearing. With all due respect to Image Expo, Angouleme and a number of growing cons including a couple of the Wizard shows, the Seattle ECCC will be the year's kick-off for a lot of comics people, both physically (by attending) and mentally ("oh, it's con season now").

* I had a really great year of going to shows. Thank you to all the people I met or with whom I hung out along the way.
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