June 15, 2016
The Never-Ending, Four-Color Festival: Shows And Events
By Tom Spurgeon
* Kiel Phegley talks to Dan Mishkin
about all things Ann Arbor Comic Arts Festival
. I regret not being able to attend that fun-sounding show.
* Matt Solberg of Phoenix Comicon has released attendance numbers
, both unique and daily, that seem significant -- as in top five shows of this type significance. I have no reason to disbelieve them, and the photos I've seen suggest anecdotal support.
* this weekend is Heroes Con in Charlotte
, the cool older brother of June's current avalanche of shows. I'm looking forward to attending a day of it late in the weekend. That's a very feel-good show for the professionals in attendance, and Charlotte's downtown -- compact, filled with good but not overly expensive restaurants -- is ideally suited for an old-fashioned convention social experience. If the line is too long at the rightly-beloved Mert's
, I had quite the decent, affordable southern meal and beers two years ago at the non-profit King's Kitchen
, five minutes' walk away.
* of the four or five other cons out there, Denver
is the one with the most juice based on recent performance -- it's the Jurassic World
of cons, killing it without anyone interested in why able to point to a factor more complicated than "they put on a show of the kind that a lot of people like in a place where a lot of people could respond by going." See also recent shows in Salt Lake and Calgary.
* it occurs to me that someone smart could do a killer small press show somewhere July 1 to August 31, but it would have to be very
intelligently conceived for people in that world to like it more than they value having a big chunk of the calendar year to rest between outings.
* finally, you can order a Comic-Con International t-shirt here
posted 5:25 pm PST
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