January 17, 2013
The Never-Ending, Four-Color Festival: Cons, Shows, Events
By Tom Spurgeon
* so they've announced Autoptic
, which manages a bunch of things roaring out of the gate: 1) the obvious involvement on some level of local art-comics anchor personalities Zak Sally, Tom Kaczynski and Anders Nilsen; 2) putting a show in the Twin Cities, which is a great part of the country and a great comics region; 3) finding a slightly different model for a show, which allows it a unique identity and doesn't obliterate the chances that previous Minneapolis shows could return if they wanted; 4) picking a great time of the year that is both open in terms of small press stuff (particularly with fewer of those folks doing San Diego) and a great time of the year to head up to that region. If they execute the rest of this thing this well, watch out.
* FLUKE 2013 registration is now open
. Wait, since I typed that, I think it's closed. Better luck next year, and with finding a more timely news site. Sorry about that.
* it looks like there's a new comics festival
that is supposed to announce its plans today. I hope that I remembered this post in time enough to go get that information.
* there's a bunch of stuff going on in Ohio next month
: Derf, Caitlin McGurk and a bunch of Buckeye State comics culture all-stars making various presentations in conjunction with the Ohio Art League.
* here's a Sam Henderson comic detailing an anecdote from BCGF weekend
* that's a new photo for this column, that one right up top: from the Comic-Con 2012 Los Bros At 30 panel.
* MECAF sold out
of its first wave of exhibitor tables very, very quickly.
* finally, here's word
on an illustration and comics festival in New Zealand, which if nothing else gives some folks a chance to go to New Zealand, maybe. That's TCAF weekend, but let's hope for rapid growth and a different weekend for future years.
posted 2:00 pm PST
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