In another sign of CON-solidation, LeftField Media has added Portland’s Rose City Comic Con to their line-up of shows. RCCC began in 2011 under showrunners Ron and Paula Brister and drew 42,000 attendees last year. This year’s con takes place September 8-10 – its first year as a three day show. In past years, guests included a line-up of celebs and more than 100 comics guests.
I should note that I’m a consultant for LeftField, which is run by NYCC alums Greg Topalian and Peter Tatara. That disclosure out of the way, they’re an experienced con throwing team, and Portland is comics town so it seems like a solid team up. As I’ve been saying for a while, the con landscape is shaking out into the various fiefdoms of CCI, ReedPOP, Wizard, Informa, MAD Events and LeftField.
“We love our fans, and we love Portland! It’s this creative city and its people that inspired us to start Rose City Comic Con. Our constant and consistent goal is to bring a high quality, family-friendly event that will appeal to Portland each and every year,” said Ron Brister, Rose City Comic Con Founder. “Adding Greg and the LeftField team to the Rose City Comic Con team as partners will continue to allow RCCC to grow in many ways, including adding a day to our 2017 event, making RCCC a three day fan experience for the first time!”
“We are thrilled to join the Rose City Comic Con family,” said LeftField President Greg Topalian. “Ron and his team have created Portland’s leading pop culture event, and we’re excited by the opportunity to support Ron’s passion and vision for further growing RCCC for the incredible Portland community.”
RCCC joins Washington DC’s Awesome Con in LeftField’s comic-con portfolio. All the shows they put on currently:
- Awesome Con – Washington DC’s comic and pop culture expo
- Anime NYC – NYC’s Japanese pop culture convention powered by Crunchyroll
- Five Points Festival – A designer toy and comic convention curated by Clutter
- Play Fair – A play-focused festival for families made with the Toy Industry Association
- AXPONA – A hi-fi audio convention in partnership with JD Events
- The Classic Auto Show – LA’s classic and vintage auto show
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.