You heard it right. Strike while the iron is hot. In an announcement on his Facebook page, Broderick has announced his intentions to start what he hopes will be a eventually a four-show artist focused circuit of events:
Interesting how things go, how they come together. Synergy, Timing, Fate, I don’t now. But what I do know is to stay ahead of the wave. After this last year of conventions in discussing our years experiences my wife Patricia and I had isolated what we considered to be a problem trend developing at some of these shows. Huston, this last year, handled these problems quite well. Cosplay got to do their thing and have a great time. the isles were large so there wasn’t a congestion problem. The media attendance was a little higher than I felt comfortable with but over all it was a well scheduled event. San Antoine was also a great experience as the promoters really took the best care of the guest as any convention I had ever had the pleasure of attending. So after the rest of the year played out I sat down with my wife and made a decision. We could do this and do it right. I spoke with talented and experienced people in the industry who have offered their guidance and it will be advice acted on. I’ve spoken to my attorney and in 5 minutes he lined up a backer.
I am now officially announcing that next year I will be sponsoring the first of what I hope to develop into a 4 show convention circuit. And I can assure you that it will be a con devoted to the industry of comics, I will bring creators and collectors together and promote it to fill the halls.
Now I was planning to make this announcement the first of the year, But anyone who has ever worked in advertising knows that with this I can ride the tide of conversation going on right now… Watch the boards starting in January for more announcements and web site direction. It will truly be family friendly and of course I intend to have a spectacular cosplay event.
Pat Broderick…… Game is on…
Is he spoofing us? Even with the best of intentions, it’s a crowded convention schedule, and Broderick will struggle to find openings for his shows.
You may recall that Broderick made headlines last week when suggestions that cosplay and media guests were drawing attention away from comics artists at conventions. I know there were a lot of hot feelings on this every way but I would make one suggestion:
Comics GUESTS, before you sign on with a show, make sure that they are actually PROMOTING THE ACTUAL COMICS at their show and not just former cast members of SF TV shows that people watch on TV Land. Seriously — the only way this will improve is if you stand up for yourself. Or put your money where your mouth is.
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.