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September 28, 2017

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


By Tom Spurgeon

* I'll be at CXC today, soon to be joined by a stellar group of comics-makers. If you're in town, come on out.

* here's a brief legal treatment of the San Diego vs. Salt Lake case over the genericness of Comic-Con. I have no idea what the legal outcome will be, but it should be interesting. I certainly feel that many modern shows, including Salt Lake, aren't using Comic-Con in a generic sense but are very specifically using the term as it has come to accrue cultural value via the success of Comic-Con International. Think of the use of the word in a phrase like "bringing Comic Con to [Name Your City]" or a celebrity at NYCC saying something like "they've been meaning to do Comic-Con for a while" and the close adherence to the model of comics-makers and world-of-nerddom celebrities to the point you could take a cross-section of each show's programming and it'd be difficult to differentiate the one in San Diego from the one in wherever. I just don't know if that's a legal argument, or probably more accurately, which legal argument is likely to prevail. I don't know if you can lay claim to have made a specific cultural construction out of an existing word. I guess we'll find out what at least one court says about the matter.

* most mainstream creators are focused on next week's NYCC, which has a great, enthusiastic audience willing to see all sorts of panels and enough of a publishing scene to give many of them or at least make for some fun parties.

* there is something very Wizard about making a name by bringing shows to cities that don't have major convention, and then just not having the shows. By the way, thanks to the Billy Ireland's Jenny Robb for letting me know that the person working the hype stage at their Columbus show wasn't a 1990s industry figure I thought I dimly recognized, but Kato Kaelin. Wizard!

* finally: I wondered when escape rooms would come to these big pop-culture shows, the same way I once wondered when the YouTube stars would be trotted out. They sort of feel like escape rooms in their entirety.
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