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August 9, 2017

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


By Tom Spurgeon

* STAPLE! looks back in an ambitious way. That's one of the traditional small press and art-comics focused festivals.

* here's an article about event-driven marketing at Comic-Con International. That is where the buzz settled on this year's show, although who knows if it's successful in a bottom-line sense. I imagine a big factor is they can be used in other venues now, which wasn't necessarily the case a dozen years ago.

* this might be nice reading before any big convention that requires you to eat out in groups. I actually think there are some things on this list that might just have to happen -- if they will let you, and they don't always, you might have to do five or six cards, or you might need them to hurry things along as best they can and vocalize this -- but you should always tip for this kind of extra service. Comics fans are really bad tippers, for no particular reason beyond being entitled and cheap.

* finally, CAB announced that John Kelly from the ToonSeum is doing their programming this year. That has a very good chance to be excellent: Kelly is a smart and serious person, and a bunch of folks are going to benefit from the fact he's working in comics now.
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