June 24, 2015
The Never-Ending, Four-Color Festival: Shows And Events
By Tom Spurgeon
* it's Comic-Con International
that's on everyone's minds now, or at least the bulk of the comics people thinking about conventions. It's not the panic it used to be, I think mostly because Comic-Con has stopped changing from year to year so much and also there's been some turnover in the industry part of the comics industry. If you're left, SDCC is either sort of normal, at least compared to last year's show, or you're really confident in your ability to handle it, or both. I'm looking forward to three days and two nights in the beautiful souther California weather, a bunch of meetings and many meals out. I'm looking forward to seeing what's on the mind of pals of mine out of the small press part of the industry.
* the next small press show with a reasonably big presence comes in early August with Autoptic. They have an Event Page up now on Facebook
* The Beat picked up on
a "hassles at a con" story that I totally missed: apparently a show had a hard time organizing its artist's alley section and responded with confusing steps and a lot of nasty insults far from the public eye that were made public because that's what happens now. Comics is kind of a broken vehicle on the talent end, and cons are one of the few things that work at different levels, so there's going to be some real tension when something gets messed up.
* here are a few photos from the Queer Comics Expo
* finally, if someone could kickstart an extra weekend for April, September and October, I'm sure the people who run comic conventions would support this. No links, I'm just thinking out loud now.
posted 5:25 pm PST
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