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July 5, 2017

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


By Tom Spurgeon

* Heidi MacDonald notes that Wizard may put on as many as 40 shows in 2018. I know their Columbus show plans for 2017 hold a lot more comics-related interest than what they offered in 2016: Jeff Smith, Noah Van Sciver and Colleen Doran are rumored among those setting up with that one. And Heidi's right in that Chicago is still a formidable show, definitely in the top dozen or so shows to which one should pay attention if you have an ecumenical view of the comics/festival world.

* Comic-Con will stay in San Diego through 2021, say the headlines. I think it's the best place for the show even in this era where that means they sacrifice a bit of their juice in terms of overall attendance to other shows. They get back more in terms of an exclusive experience, though. The show in general feels as healthy as ever, even as some of the big movie studios hold their summer have-to-be-there, stars-in-the-room panels elsewhere. I have a good time at San Diego and it fills a professional need, so I'll be there for sure through this contract, life events willing. I will always urge anyone with a comprehensive interest in comics to see it at least once.

* CCA begins its Comics In The City summer lecture city this Friday with Raina Telgemeier. Here's a general article. Go to the forthcoming events for individual listings each Friday this month.

* finally, looks like your San Diego street-sign winners for 2017 are Marvel movies.
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