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June 5, 2019

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


By Tom Spurgeon

* this is way more talk of strategic rebranding than I'm generally interested in reading, although in this case I like that the capitulations made by the Denver show about the nature of "comic con" can be seen as their own commentary on arguments made by other shows during litigation.

* A2CAF announces their schedule.

* one thing I wonder when I look at all of these shows is whether or not they are an alternative to a more stable system of retail for this material or if they are the system of retail. I can't imagine that would be healthy, and there'd some depressing irony if this enormous culture-wide opportunity to reward creators turns out to be hit gigantically harmful factor.

* Baltimore ComicCon is in full guest-announcement mode now.

* finally: not sure I'd picked up on the existence of Portland Indie Con, which sounds like the latest version of the alt-side of the original weird-comics show, Stumptown. I wish them luck, I think that's a great city for a show like that, partly because despite the reputation drubbing it has received as the Trump era brings its white nationalist tendencies to prominence, a lot of people still want reasons to visit. It's also one of those comics cities with a significant comics-savvy audience.
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