Almost as soon as I walked into MoCCA on Saturday, the first bits of news I got were show-related. Cliff Galbraith of the much liked Asbury Park Comicon, announced that next year the show will be TWO days long, on April 19-20, and will be held at a nearby hotel.
Galbraith is also launching the Newark Comicon for a date in June 2014 TBA. Yes THAT Newark. Galbraith says he already has the city officials behind the event, and we suspect that come next year we’ll learn just how much Newark’s charismatic mayor (and probable senatorial candidate) Cory Booker likes comic books. It’s an area hugely underserved, and as Galbraith pointed out, the only city in the US with an international airport that doesn’t have its own comic-con!
Along with his partner, Robert Bruce, Galbraith is set on putting on a series of fun, nostalgic and comics-centric shows. Given the attention he got for the last Asbury Park Comicon, they might just pull it off. He says they were expecting 2000 people and got well over 3000 to last weekend’s show. People like comics an cartoonists.
Another show that is just getting some attention: the Grand Comics Festival which will be held this June 8-9th at Bird River Studios in Brooklyn. The show was put together by Pat Dorian, and will showcase local cartoonists like R. Sikoryak, Andrea Tsurumi, Blaise Larmee, Meredith Gran and so on, in a studio set-up. Sounds good to us. Check out the above website for more info.
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.