50 Comics Positives For 2014: Many Cons/Festivals Continue Their Staggering Attendance Growth
This article from early September is a nice reminder that the convention/festival part of comics, particularly those conventions that are loosely modeled on the San Diego Con's medium-inclusive model for conventions, continue to add attendance in four- and five-digit increments. I'd be lying to you if I said I knew what it meant, and I'd be hard pressed to make a counter-argument if you wanted to patiently explain to me that conventions and festivals -- especially the big tent kind -- aren't really that connected to comics' fortunes.
Until someone crushes me on the matter, though, I'm going to see this many people open to an experience that at least brings them into close proximity with comics makers as a positive or at least a potential positive. It seems to me that tons of people attending shows at the very least beats the crap out of the reverse scenario, people staying the heck away in droves. I'm also not ready to declare someone else's experience with comics the wrong one to be having, even in the broadest terms. Not anymore. So until we figure out exactly what's happening and what it might means, I'm going to enjoy the show.