When a con is…crap

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Tweet A few days back I ran a rundown of one particularly crowded weekend for comic cons, among them one called SuperFan ComicCon in Toronto, which I had never heard of, and which had…well, a somewhat dodgy website, something I was too polite to mention. It turns out the show itself did not please attendees […]

To Do Tonight May 16th: Box Brown reads Andre The Giant at Bergen Street

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Tweet I’ve been remiss in announcing localish events but there’s a good one tonight at Bergen Street Comics where Box Brown will read from Andre The Giant: Life and Legend. Deets: Friday, May 16th 8:00PM Comics Reading, Signing and Book Release with Box Brown! This Friday will see Box Brown–one of our favorite alternative cartoonists–rocking his major label […]

The weekend in comics events, San Jose to Minnesota and beyond

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Will every single comics creators be at a show this weekend? Since we know comics culture is booming I thought it might be interesting to check out just WHAT is happening around this nation of outs. I got most of these from Convention Scene but it didn’t include the biggest show, Big Wow.

If you’re going to one of these shows, feel free to report back to us here! We’re keen to hear about comics culture around the world.

This Weekend: MeCAF in Portland, ME

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The parade of the CAFs continues with MeCAF in Portland, Maine, a one day event to be held this Sunday, May 18th. This year the show has moved to a new venue, The Portland Company Complex at 58 Fore Street. It’s still near the ocean, and has bigger space, free wifi and food vendors. Guests include
Sean Gordon Murphy, James Sturm, Kazu Kibuishi, Jimmy Gownley, Zack Gialongo and Maris Wicks. Programming is here. This is a comics focused event with a big emphasis on all-ages material that everyone likes going to. There is also an emphasis on lobster, Shipyard beer and other nautical fare. The local paper has a nice preview.

Cartoon Art Museum to host Queer Comics Expo this June

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Tweet As part of Pride Month, San Francisco’s Cartoon Art Museum will host the first annual Queer Comics Expo (QCE) on June 8th from 11am to 5pm. The museum was previously an incubator for the Latino Comics Expo, and this sounds like another fine event. Details via the announcement below: The expo encourages attendees to […]

Cartoon Art Museum to host Queer Comics Expo this June

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Tweet As part of Pride Month, San Francisco’s Cartoon Art Museum will host the first annual Queer Comics Expo (QCE) on June 8th from 11am to 5pm. The museum was previously an incubator for the Latino Comics Expo, and this sounds like another fine event. Details via the announcement below: The expo encourages attendees to […]

Comic Cons business update: $3 billion economy? Wizard convention profits up 188%

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A couple of things floating around out there that quantify the rise in comic book convention profits. Rob Salkowitz quantifies some very interesting research by Eventbrite and guesses that comic book theme events could be as much as a $3 billion business, a number that dwarfs the $600-700 million usually given for the comic book industry itself. Attendance is up about 20% every year, while some profits are up by triple digits. While all pop culture events are up, comic book events are up the most, even more than video game and other industries:

Comics Unmasked: a watershed for comics in Britain

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If there was ever a reason to go to England, as if more than real mushy peas was needed, this summer’s “Comic Unmasked: Art and Anarchy in the UK” exhibition at the British Library is the one. Not only is it the biggest exhibit of British comics yet, it is by far the most official, and will be, I daresay, the most influential. Curated by Paul Gravett, along with John Harris Dunning, this is no mere “Oh look comics are cool!” exhibit, but a bracing investigation of the often transgressive gutter nature of comics in a specific culture. Since there is little chance I’ll be able to go see it for myself before it closes on August 19th, James Bacon’s photo heavy walk-through will have to do.

TCAF programming is up — with seven different tracks

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Tweet This week it’s TCAF — the Toronto Comics Art Festival, which has rapidly become one of the greatest, most enjoyable, most informative comics events of the year. See the mouth watering floor map here. The complete list of events and party poop is here. With an incredible line-up of international comics greats, the programming […]

C2E2: A Slow Descent from Unique to Routine

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Tweet by David Fairbanks [Ed's note: here's an alternate take on this year's C2E2 convention, by a Beat contributor.] I have attended the Chicago Comics and Entertainment Expo every year since its inception in 2010, when it killed Windy City Comic Con in its crib. The first year of C2E2 felt like a breath of […]

C2E2 Is Bigger Than New York Comic Con! (And Can Grow Even Bigger than San Diego!)

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Tweet“What?  Is he nuts?  NYCC is bursting at the seams!  130,000 attendees.  Massive crowds!  Sold out weeks in advance!  Crazy media coverage!” Yes, but there’s one metric which is very important.  It’s a concern at New York, it’s a political football in San Diego, and it will soon be a concern for other large shows:

C2E2 drew 63,000

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Tweet According to reports from ReedPOP’s Lance Fensterman, this year’s edition of C2E2 drew 63,000 people, up from the 53,000 reported last year. It’s a nice big number and vindication for a show that got off to what might charitably be called a slow start in its early days, with wide aisles and vast empty […]

Zak Sally will be at Wizard World Minneapolis

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Author and historian Danny Fingeroth sent along his panel programming for this weekend’s Wizard World Minneapolis, and whatever the ongoing controversy, it is fair to say that WizWorld programming has improved quite a bit. While looking through the programs, we noticed that one participant is indie comics stalwart Zak Sally</a> of La Mano Press, Sammy the Mouse and more. Let’s just say that if there is one person we never expected to see at a Wizard World show it’s Zak Sally. Maybe he will hang out with “social media sensations” Nash and Hayes Grier and Nathan Fillion, and then the circle will be complete.

Mike Norton proves why comics are for everyone

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TweetDisclaimer: This post might make you cry and consider having children. As the rest of the world was living vicariously through all their fortunate friends at Chicago Comics and Entertainment Expo, but I don’t think anyone’s experience could compare to Mike Norton’s. With all the negative press the industry has been gaining lately, this is […]

Con Wars are back in Minneapolis!

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Here’s a brief local TV news spot showcasing the unfortunate timing of the new Wizard World Minneapolis—May 3-5—and the long running Spring Con thrown by the MCBN (Midwest Comic Book Association) —held May 17-18. I first reported on this last year, and Wizard’s John Macaluso insisted that they hadn’t known about the local show, and weren’t trying to conflict with anybody—even though at one point Wizard had offered to purchase the MCBA show.

According to Nick Postigliano, one of SpringCon’s organizers, the controversy has actually helped his show, as social media activity is way up and a lot of local cartoonists are supporting the show.

C2E2014: ReedPOP Staff Confabs With Audience at Talk Back

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TweetAs is the tradition at many conventions, the show organizers sit down in front of a crowd, and listen to comments from attendees.  Reed POP schedules this panel at the end of each show, and the post-mortem/feeding frenzy occurred Sunday at 4 PM.  In attendance: Mike Armstrong, event & sales director Brian Stephenson, brand marketing […]