December 9, 2015
The Never-Ending, Four-Color Festival: Shows And Events
By Tom Spurgeon
* here's an article
about the hoops one must jump through in order to attend Comic-Con International. One of the weird things about festivals coverage on this site and others is that it's extremely
oriented towards the professional experience, if not a minor subset of that experience. Interest in Comic-Con International and other successful shows from fans and attendees is a very different thing. I'm not sure we always write with that in mind.
* here's a super-interesting facebook comments thread
from Tom Neely, whom you should invite to be a special guest of your show. My part is boring, but the rest of it is good. I really do think it's just history that makes for this tremendously large group that is inclined towards the bottom half of a special guest. One piece of history that will work in these folks' favor, something I don't mention in that thread, is that fewer people are traveling outside their region to shows just to do shows, so I think special guest lists -- already sizable -- will bump up a bit as cons and festivals look to bring people in to supplement their local base.
* this is traditionally the period of rest from comics shows, and that's mostly true this year. There's still some creep from a couple of regional shows, and I think there are a couple in the Southwest right after the new year. Angouleme is certainly right around the corner in terms of "you better have your arrangements made now or not at all." In fact, I'd suggest taking a look at next year's show really soon to see what the deadlines are like.
* finally, the folks behind Silicon Valley Comic Con have announced their intention to place a similar show into Tokyo
posted 3:25 pm PST
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