It’s billed as the world’s largest book store, with 18 MILES of books, but The Strand — New York City’s legendary used book store — is increasingly comics friendly and on Friday, April 8th, they’ll make it official with Strandicon, a full afternoon of talks by such greats as Ben Katchor, Ben Katchor, Brecht Evans, Joe Ollmann, Jillian Tamaki, Pascal Girard, R. Sikoryak, Dash Shaw, capped off by a panel on the past and future of The Comics Journal, which is worth the trip all by itself.
If you’d like to go to San Diego without actually going to San Diego, WonderCon is your best bet. You’ll get a scaled down version of the big show with tons of great panels, cartoonists, and even movie stars but with plenty of passes, hotel rooms, and room to jump up and click your heels! The programming has just been released, and there’s too much good stuff to possibly see it all, but we’ve pulled some of our favorites in the jump. To avoid stress, you can go here and make your own schedule. There’s also an app for that.
As previously mentioned, we’ll be at the show, but in a more observational capacity. Come up and say hi!
The events surrounding Cartoon Polymaths end with a bang with an outing for the comics slideshow series, Carousel. Someone go and report!
We’ll have our full report in tomorrow’s PW Comics Week, but for now, a few notes:
The show was much improved from last year’s; rough attendance is about 34,000, according to Lance Fensterman, definitely up from last year.
This was a fun, well run show without a lot of bells and whistles. There wasn’t any one thing that made it stand out, but it was definitely a good show with all the elements that achieved “con.” The crowd was young and energetic and seemed to be having the time they expected out of a comic-con, (a supposition backed up by happy tweets).