#LBCC ’14: Did Cosplay drive up Attendance and Sales?

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Long Beach Comic Con 2014: Did Cosplay drive up Attendance and Sales? by Pamela Auditore Ticket sales for the Long Beach Comic Con held the weekend of September 27 – 28th, 2014 saw a 25% increase, over last year held November 23 – 24, 2013 event, according to LBCC Executive Director, Martha Donato.  Putting attendance […]

WonderCon Anaheim announces first five guests for 2015

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Soon 2014 will be a memory and 2015 will be an itinerary from Travelocity. And WonderCon Anaheim—to be held April 3-5 in Anahaim has announced its first five guests, Neil Adams, Becky Cloonan, Aaron Kuder, Kevin Maguire and Dustin Nguyen. I’m sure many more will be announced, as this has grown to be the SoCal […]

Furry Attack Follow-Up

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This weekend’s poison gas attack on a furry convention continues to be the source of much talk. New York Magazine interviewed Keu, a furry who was in attendance, and more of the scene emerges: What events were taking place when the incident started?
 There was a DJ set going and a lot of people were […]

Controversial artist Pat Broderick is planning to start a four-show convention circuit

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You heard it right. Strike while the iron is hot. In an announcement on his Facebook page, Broderick has announced his intentions to start what he hopes will be a eventually a four-show artist focused circuit of events: Interesting how things go, how they come together. Synergy, Timing, Fate, I don’t now. But what I […]

19 hospitalized in poison gas attack at furry convention

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That is certainly not a headline I ever thought I would write. Thousands of people attending MidWest Furfest, a large gathering of Furry enthusiasts, were forced to evacuate the Hyatt Regency O’Hare hotel when chlorine gas was found on the 9th floor of the hotel. 19 people were hospitalized, complaining of dizziness, while investigators found […]

An Open Letter to Pat Broderick: On Cosplay, Entitlement, and Gatekeeping

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by Zachary Clemente In October, comics veteran Patrick Broderick announced that he was returning to DC for an unnamed project after 20 years. A few days ago, he posted the below on his facebook page, requesting that people who are cosplay personalities or represent conventions who build their show to include cosplay and media guests should not invite […]

Ríos, Robinson and Graham join Image Expo

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Just what it says. Brandon Graham, Emma Ríos and James Robinson are joining the crowd at Image Expo, to be held January 8th in San Francisco. They join already announced Brian K. Vaughan (SAGA), Todd McFarlane (SPAWN), Scott Snyder (WYTCHES), Emi Lenox (EMITOWN), Jeff Lemire (Green Arrow), and Marjorie Liu (Astonishing X-Men). As you may […]

Angoulême Festival Prize nominees announced

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The nominees in the four juried categories of the FIBD 42 have been announced, 35 “Official Selections”, 12 in the “comics for young readers” category, 10 in the “best reprint” category and 5 in the “mystery novel” aka Polar category (all descriptions are my own.) “Polar” which you see so often in various listing at Angoulême, as best I can make out, tarnslates as a “light mystery” or thriller category….kind of the popular genre in Franco-Belgian comics, as opposed to say, superheroes. If I’m wrong, please someone correct me.

CCI is aware of offensive remarks by alleged SDCC committee member–Updated

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Last night twitter user Bill in San diego @BillntwrkBill got very vocal about the Ferguson protests on his account. Which is his right, as laid out by our Bill of Rights. However, it went over the line of what one might call civil commentary with calling the mother of a dead teenager a “whiny bitch” […]

WinterCon is coming to Queens, NY

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Wait there is ONE MORE CON for New Yorkers! It’s called WinterCon and it will be held December 6th in Queens at the Resorts World Casino NY, which I’m told has a huge exhibition space. The event is put on by the folks behind EternalCon. It looks to be a pretty simple comics, cosplay and […]

Con season winding down with Comics Arts LA

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It’s been a long, long year of cons, with new ones springing up every where. The CAF season is winding up with Comic Arts LA on December 6th. A nice posted by Sophia Foster-Dimino has just been unveiled, and the exhibitor list is here. LA hasn’t been entirely successful for indie comics centered events, but […]

15,000 show up to Tucson Comic Con

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The con season is coming to an end with the holiday season around the corner. Tucson celebrated its seventh annual comic book convention at the Tucson Convention center on November 8 and 9. There has been a lot traction since the inaugural Tucson con. Mike Olivares and his immediate family members threw together a convention […]

Hotelier: Why can’t San Diego Comic-Con move to November?

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Oh no not again. With the San Diego Convention Center’s expansion plans spiked, and Comic-Con’s contract up in 2016, people are once again asking will Comic-Con stay in San Diego? but the question does seem to have a more perfunctory tone than last time. As Lori Weisberg reports, Mayor Kevin Faulconer is all about keeping Con in San Diego and trying to get local hotels to keep their prices at the 2016 level for 2017 and 2018—and many are going along, but only because pretty much everyone realizes that keeping Comic-Con in San Diego is in everyone’s best interest. Anaheim is trying to jump into the mix again, but after a few WonderCons in Anaheim, I think everyone realizes that Anaheim is not San Diego, and the show would become a very different event if it moved. And besides, WonderCon is developing into a more significant event on its own.

Busy weekend for comics with events in Leeds, Seattle, NOLa, Columbus and Durham!

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What’s that you say, with Thanksgiving days away the comics calendar must surely slow down as we attend to the making of cranberry sauce and quest for hot toys. No Way. This is actually one of the BUSIEST weeks in comics! Especially for indie/small press comics with at least FOUR events on around the world! The International […]

Comic Cons around the world: Mumbai Film and Comic Con 2014

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Among the countries most taken by comic con fever is India. A lengthy email offering pr on this year’s Mumbai Film and Comic Con 2014, taking place at the Bombay Exhibition Centre from 19th December-21st December arrived in my mail box. Among the facts revealed: Guests include Nick Spencer, Nicolas Wild and Dan Goldman. She show will offer a 50,000 sq feet show floor and 100 exhibitors, including Amar Chitra Katha, Orange Radius, Pop Culture Publishing, Holy Cow Entertainment, Crimzon Studios, Simon and Schuster India, HarperCollins Publishers, Aayumi Productions, Shamik Dasgupta, Jazyl Homavazir, Pepper Script and Raj Comics.

Image Comics Jumps The Atlantic for Thought Bubble

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by Zachary Clemente   IMAGE COMICS AT THOUGHT BUBBLE 2014 Image Comics panels, signings, and a WYTCHES variant for sale I can remember a day when Image went to two or three shows a year and that was it. Those days are (thankfully) long gone. If you’re headed out to UK’s greatest comics show, Thought […]