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April 24, 2014

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


By Tom Spurgeon

* unlike the last couple of weekends, the majority of the focus this Friday to Sunday will be one show: C2E2 in Chicago. There should also be some folks crossing over to do stuff at the Brooklyn Zine Fest. C2E2's an interesting show. That one actually got off to a rough start, but has since slowly built itself back up to a valued stop for the folks that do the more mainstream-focused shows. Also, Chicago is the greatest. It also didn't really vanquish Chicago's Wizard show but as it turns out that's a region of the country that can support more than one show with that set of emphases. I think it's interesting I could not tell you any guest for that show to save my life, which shows just how those shows basically act as their own headliners now.

* here's a nice piece at The Beat about getting to and from that show. There's some fanciful stuff that went over my head, but the majority of the real-world advice seem practical and well-considered. I recall there was also some discussion early on with that show how much people in the Chicago area liked going to the McCormick Place at all, another issue that I assume has been largely settled.

* here's a reasonably late -- by today's standards only -- report on Linework NW on Panel Patter. And here is one from PSU Vanguard.

* Conundrum Press has their TCAF schedule up, a sign that publisher in the alt-/arts- world are really focusing in on that one now. That's a major event any year in that world, and by that world I really mean "comics" at this point, not just smaller press or art comics. Here's a snapshot of their small press area.

* I totally missed this report from Maura McHugh on one of the MCM conventions, this one in Ireland.

* I'm not sure that I've seen enough on-line about FLUKE, but there are a few things here and there and it looks like a fun show. That's not FLUKE's fault. Almost no one writes con reports anymore but the big shows still have enough saturation in terms of attendance to make a "collective memory" possible. Maybe I'm wrong; if someone knows of a ton of links, let me know! Here's one from the Dollar Bin podcast.

* finally, I'll be staying at the Hilton this year during HeroesCon, so if you're going to be there, too, we'll have a drink or play a game of HORSE at the YMCA connected to it. Everyone else will be over at the Westin, so we'll have to stick together.
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