There seemed to be some mixed thoughts going around about Image Expo and that seems to be best summed up by a conversation between a local retailer and a pro who’d been to a lot of shows in Oakland.
By Todd Allen Vaughan says he missed doing a monthly series and Jay Faeber had been on him to do something at Image. Vaughan had earmarked Fiona Staples as someone he might like to work with from the Hawksmoor comic at Wildstorm (*cough* sorta/kinda/Image *cough*). Vaughan had been discussing artist choices with Steve Niles, who […]
Day two and attendance is up a bit. I’m hearing a couple long time residents talking about how much larger the crowds at Wonder Con were, the last couple years it was in this venue. To me, it looks about right for the first year of a new show. the amount of space to move around on the floor is roughly what you’d be looking for at a business to business show (as opposed to consumer shows, where you pack them in like sardines). You could add maybe 20% before it started getting to be annoying trying to move around the floor.
Image Expo is a go. Looks like a relatively quiet Friday at a regional con, so far. Which is to say it’s going to be better access for the fans. When I arrived about 45 minutes before opening there were maybe 50 people already in line waiting to get in. With the gates open, I’m seeing a steady trickle of people arriving. Not preview night at San Diego, by any stretch of the imagination, but the Chew booth got bull rushed by at 15-20 people as soon as the doors open. A couple pictures from before the opening bell: