King Con is on!
This will come as news to many since the show never really let anyone know it was happening. But it is happening this weekend.
King Con, now in its third iteration, started several years ago as a localized indie show focusing on Brooklyn art and artists. A mix of rough spots and can do spirit, its third year was canceled due to various forces. But it’s back this year under new management as more of a general Brooklyn arts festival to be held Friday and Saturday with a film festival Friday and exhibits at the Brooklyn Lyceum.
Sandy-related damages has curtailed some of that, as the current website shows.
The Lyceum survived relatively unscathed. We are very lucky that the subway serves as our dry well(subway entrance is lower than any possible entrance to Lyceum and thus they get all water before it reaches us.). As a backup we had the ability to make the old pool a dry well also by turning a valve that has been virtually unused since 1937 except for a test several years ago.
We took on some water that our sumps could handle and have a some busted windows. Not bad at all. So the creaky old Bathhouse survives yet another armageddon type event(hurricanes, blackouts, tornados,etc.).
Although the show must go on, due to the current troubles with NYC subway and bus transport, there will be some changes:
• Panels are cancelled and will be re-scheduled quarterly between now and the 2013 King Con(see below).
• Other events are good to go(movie screenings, kids events, etc.).
• Admission to the Con is now suggested donation -or- pay what you can. Brooklyn has taken a hit and more important than the Lyceum pocketbook is the psyche of our fair boro. So come on down forget your troubles for awhile. On us if need be.
Guests and exhibitors who were scheduled but cannot not attend due to transportation problems are not being expected to show up.
We heard from creator Bill Roundy, and he will be in attendance, and doubtless with the indomitable will of humans and Brooklynites in particular, King Con III will go on. If you’re nearby or can make the trip without endangering yourself, it should provide some welcome storm relief, so stop on by. Details on what is happening and where on the website.
Brooklyn: where determined young comic talent comes to dream and give the unsuspecting audiences some heat they won’t soon forget. Young bucks bringing the high hard one. Come see the next generation of Comic Artists in a show dedicated to the underdog artists(aren’t they all?). Two days to see whats what. New artists, old comic serials, panels, film screenings and even juggling and puppet shows for kids!
Sat & Sunday Nov 3/4 11-7.
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.