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August 28, 2014

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


By Tom Spurgeon

* the Fall convention season kicks off this weekend with Dragon Con, which no longer has a star in the middle of its name. That is a broadly-conceived con, still old-school a bit, with an "adult playground" reputation -- deserved or not, I couldn't tell you. It is a very successful regional show, although from the comics perspective it's no longer in the top five perception-wise, I don't think. Still, some people are I'm sure in for the weekend of their lives. I hope everyone stays safe.

* for the mainstream-comics oriented part of the community, it's Baltimore right now, with a hint of New York on the horizon. For the indy crowd, it's two weeks until early arrivals at the Marriott in Bethesda for SPX weekend. I will hopefully be among the crew in the DC area for show #3; I've yet to do Baltimore (though hope to) and haven't done New York for a few years.

* I bet we see more and more events framed as mini-cons, and not just with people being funny.

* here's a lovely set of photos from this month's DCAF -- the Dartmouth Comic Arts Festival.

* you can tell SPX is in a comfortable place right now because of how much time they focus on driving attention to and facilitating various refinements, like map aids to find food in the general vicinity of the show.

* here's a new, planned-on festival still in the rough stages of development.

* one of the favorite European shows for North American cartoonists, Lucca Comics & Games, continues to add guests. I'm always happy when some of the underground comix generation take those opportunities.

* the twitter feed belonging to an at-a-convention Jon Rosenberg was the funniest thing on-line last weekend, but only if you're into dark humor. This is typical. August 21-24 should about do it, if you want to spend some time there.

* here's a convention with a novel twist for comics shows, anyway: they want to hold it in different states as they get going. ICAF moves, and the AAEC annual meeting moves, but that's about it right now.

* finally, a young fan reviews RIPExpo.
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