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May 24, 2016

Festivals Extra: Book Con/BEA Definitely Happened

Torsten Adair has one of those nice first-person, tedium and touchdown reports on this year's Book Expo America and its commercial show within a show, Book Con. It took place in Chicago mid-May the same weekend as TCAF.

As you can tell from Adair's article, there were several comics people on hand, certainly enough for a comics fan to spend those days in a graphic novel wallow. It still isn't near what we thought it might become for comics 11, 12, 13 years ago. As long as comics remains a strong category for bookstores, it's going to have a chance to be a solid comics show, focused on reading and the act of selling to readers as opposed to artistic issues or spending time in the shared nerd culture that reaches across media.

But man, I didn't hear a peep from anyone excited to go, have heard in bare minimum fashion from people that went, and certainly this provided a sharp contrast to those once-upon-a-time hopes and what a huge deal TCAF has become. The fact that it's in Chicago after several years of trying to develop a recurring Springtime in New York feel with all the morning shows and late night shows stuffed with prose authors, indicates there's still some focus left to come.
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