The warning signs of an oversaturated convention market have been everywhere of late, from Wizard’s tightening its belt to the Rewind Con debacle, but now two already established shows from a reliable convention promoter, Jimmy Jay’s Amazing Comic Cons, are being cancelled in 2017. Amazing Arizona Comic Con, planned for February 18-19, 2017 in Phoenix has been cancelled, and Amazing Houston Comic Con, which had a seemingly successful event in September has also been cancelled. Amazing Las Vegas in June and Amazing Hawaii in August will go on as planned. In a statement on the website, the shows blamed many factors:
In 2017, we have taken the both Arizona and Houston Conventions off our show schedule. Changes in guest policies, the comic market, and social climate were causes to re-evaluate moving forward in these cities. Phoenix and Houston are both strong fan communities with multiple genre celebrations throughout the calendar year. While we feel the perspective of Amazing Comic Conventions remains unique, where the Architects of Pop Culture are on the marquee, featuring primarily comic creators; we believe a greater attention can be built by focusing on each of two calendar dates, building these to be the best events possible.
We thank the creators which have joined us for past seven years including Robert Kirkman, Rob Liefeld, Jim Lee, Stan Lee, Todd McFarlane, Geoff Johns, Greg Capullo, Kevin Eastman, George Perez, Jeph Loeb, Herb Trimpe, Mark Silvestri, Steve McNiven, Mark Bagley, Adam Kubert, Chad Hardin, and dozens more of the best artists and writers in the history of our industry that helped launch the Amazing Comic Con brand. Add Walking Dead Cast members Jon Bernthal, Steven Yeun, Chandler Riggs, and Danai Gurira all making their convention circuit debuts, as well as appearances of your favorite pop personalities from video games, voices of anime, Power Rangers and more.
Most of all we thank you the fans for supporting our events. Whether you arrive to our events from in town, or vacation in one of these exotic destinations, Amazing Comic Conventions believes in creating the best fan experiences. We look to build bigger and better in 2017 with the strongest Pop Culture Personalities!
Amazing Comic Cons are billed as more “art based” old school conventions, with an emphasis on comics guests, and its sad to see this kind of show go away. However both Texas and Arizona have incredibly crowded convention schedules. In a discussion on fellow retailer Jesse James’s FB page, Jay wrote:
landscape is a broad term used here. The marketplace is much different than when we started organizing conventions 6+ years ago-with a number of fan events in phoenix (and in arizona) have spring up, not to mention a strong store retail presence doing signings, sales, and promotions. JJC does some great stuff throughout the year, there is the Samurai/Bookman event on FCBD,and others who have followed their lead.
I this the start of a trend? I would imagine so.
Amazing Comic Conventions returns in 2017 with the following events:
Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con
Las Vegas Convention Center
Amazing Hawaii Comic Con
Hawaii Convention Center
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.