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January 25, 2017

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


By Tom Spurgeon

* this is better than the other option, using a staffing non-profit.

* it's Angouleme today, which means the rigidly-observed convention break is over, although for some there are December and January conventions of great significance and for still others the real season doesn't begin until ECCC in March. It looks like a solid year programming-wise. We already know Cosey won the grand prix. I've never been to that show, but I always liked the way it used to be announced late in the show, this tremendous grace note and if they were French-language cartoonists probably a lot of tears right there in person. I'm glad to see that as president of this year's jury they're making a deal of Posy Simmonds, and I hope that in the next few years she might make a finalists' list for the big prize itself. I hope everyone gas fun, particularly any school kids coming into town on a cultural field trip.

* this is only tangentially related to events, but I think private/public spaces like this one are going to be a key player in the ways comics communities develop over the next 15 years.

* this site keeps adding to its conventions lists. I hadn't gotten Lucca in there yet.

* finally, a retailing veteran muses on the future of comics conventions. Most of this is pretty standard stuff in that a lot of the suggestions seem to me things that retailers started doing ten years ago. Not everyone's experience unfolds at the same pace, though.
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