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October 23, 2019

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


By Tom Spurgeon

* there are a few more quality shows for 2019, with the big ones to my mind coming in the arts festival space: Short Run and CAB. You should go to either one you're able to attend. Or both. Short Run may be the last real regional show because it is freaking hard to get to Seattle the way our travel infrastructure has developed. And CAB has a peerless programming slate year after year because of its access to NYC cartoonists and cartoonists that want to visit NYC. Avail yourself.

* Heidi MacDonald on Baltimore Comic-Con. How that show was described by those in attendance was as interesting as the show itself, and I hope I can write something down in the next few days. I had a really good time, although that's not a part of comics with whom I enjoy a lot over overlap in interests. It was a lot like that one WonderCon where a lot of press people were sponsored by the show. It was nice to see Kevin Nowlan talk and to see a lot of happy people enjoy being in costume and buying old funnybooks and having them signed. I sometimes wonder if I will get rid of my comics soon except as needed for work, and then only for work right in the moment. I don't own any other media. I don't get much use out of the bulk of comics I have. Anyway, I had very gracious hosts for which I'm appreciative and it was nice seeing old friends like Dean Haspiel and old heroes like Howard Chaykin. My hometown retailer was even there. I met Paul McSpadden. It was that kind of show.

* finally, as the convention scene becomes bigger and has higher stakes, so will the conflicts and controversies.
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