San Diego Comic-Con under fire for its harassment policy, or lack thereof

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The issue of harassment at cons isn’t going to go away, and seems to get highlighted more each day as women, men, organizers, cosplayers and interne bystanders deal with the growing injection of actual hormonal humans into abstract fan scenarios. When I went to shows as a youngster, I thought of cons as a “safe space” believe it or not. Compared to the rock scene I was involved with, the relatively few women in comics were in a mostly hands off zone, mostly because most congoers were afraid of them, and should anything amiss happen there was a huge crew of friends to back you up. Notice that I just said “COMPARED TO THE ROCK SCENE”; it was far from a paradise of equality, but I felt safer at a comic con than I did at most places.

For some, BookCon was…crap

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Tweet Although my take on the first BookCon was positive, it was definitely crowded and unorganized, and I’d be remiss if I didn’t point out that some people had a total crap time: BookCon was horrible.  It was the worst bookish experience of my life.  Maybe that’s not saying much because my bookish experiences have […]

Comic Arts Brooklyn exhibitor applications due SUNDAY June 1st

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Tweet  Just a reminder, the exhibitor application period for Comic Arts Brooklyn closes on sunday. Applications are here. It’s a curated show, in a small space, so no guarantees. But you’ve got to be in it to win it. CAB will be held Comic Arts Brooklyn November 8th, 2014 11 AM – 7 PM Mt. […]

Interview: The coming of BookCon

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Tweet This Saturday the previously business only trade show Book Expo America will turn into the very first BookCon, an event that is open to the public (8000 advance tickets have been sold) and very much modelled on the successful New York Comic-Con. Both shows are run by Reed Exhibitions, the world’s biggest business-to-business (B2B) […]

To Do Tonight, NYC: A Bone Marrow Donor Drive In Support of Seth Kushner at JHU Comics

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Tweet And just a reminder tonight is a Bone Marrow Donor Drive and Hang Dai Studios Signing at JHU with all the above folks PLUS Fred van Lente and Joe Infurnari and doubtless other luminaries. It’s a good cause. Come on down.

To Do Tonight, NYC: SCAM Signing at Forbidden Planet

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Tweet The above band of scalawags signs the SCAM Anthology at Forbidden Planet tonight. SVCAM is a book that was Kickstartered and now published by Comixtribe. It concerns a bunch of superpowered people who live in Vegas and get involved in various capers…call it Avenger’s Eleven.

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 […]