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February 6, 2014

Fensterman: “We’ll Be Announcing Something On Monday”; Circulated E-Mail Suggests June Reed Show?

So after receiving a pair of requests about rumors that ReedPOP may be announcing a summer show soon, a show that could potentially bump against more established conventions, I contacted that group's comics point man Lance Fensterman, who actually replied, and in fact confirmed a forthcoming announcement. "We've got nothing to share or announce but you know us, always looking for new ways to do cool stuff for our fans. We will be announcing something on Monday, but it's a long way from Manhattan."

The Manhattan line is due to how I phrased my question. I heard the show will be a comics-only event in New York. Later yesterday I received this e-mail forwarded:
How are you? I hope all is well! I wanted to be the first to share some very exciting news with you!

As you already know, ReedPop has always put on killer events like C2E2 and NYCC; well, this summer we are going to be launching our newest event called SPECIAL EDITION! Special Edition will be focused purely on comics... and the best and brightest the industry has to offer!

I wanted to offer you a complimentary table and to be featured at Special Edition in NYC, June 14-15, 2014 at the Jacob Javits Center; hosted in the North Pavilion, this intimate setting will give creators an incredible opportunity to showcase their work and a chance for fans to get up close and personal with their favorite creators.

We would really love for you to be a part of our inaugural installment of this new cutting edge event! In exchange for your participation at the show, we would be happy to provide you with a complimentary artist alley table.

Please let me know if you are interested and available to talk about this opportunity, we'd love to have you! We would like to lock you in as soon as possible, so we can announce your appearance along with our launch announcement. If you could please get back to me by 2/12 it would be greatly appreciated!

Looking forward to hearing back from you!

Thanks so much!


Mike Negin
Artist Alley and Creator Coordinator
Lance Fensterman declined to confirm or deny the legitimacy of the e-mail, restating, "We don't have anything to announce at this point."

Since Javits is right there in Manhattan, one has to guess that Monday's announcement is about something else entirely, with this announcement to come. Or this is Screw With Spurgeon Day.

Lots of angles to this if true. One: new show. Two: That's a week before HeroesCon. Here's the thing about that. A Reed-sized show, even one that's restricted to the comics medium, unless it's an SPX-style creators-only show could have an effect on one group of convention-goers we talk about very little. Not the pros -- it seems there are plenty of pros to go around, and Heroes is beloved. Not the attendees, who except for two or three shows which it's impossible to imagine this one going up against, tend to stick to the shows they like and as a result a lot of that traffic is local or regional. No, it's the comics dealers that might feel the impact here. If an East Coast retailer can stick to a regional show as opposed to hitting the road, that might be a very attractive proposition. Those are hard exhibitors to replace.

If false, the only angle I can is that someone is deliberately out to mess with HeroesCon people and related pros and I'll have gone three for three on stories with dubious elements today.

So all eyes on Monday and on this event.

Another wrinkle, which I don't think change anyone plans or strategies, is that there are already two small New York area shows that weekend. Eternalcon on Long Island; NY Comicfest in Westchester.
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