This PAST weekend saw the Rose City Comic Con in Portland, OR, which was notable as the first show since it teamed up with its huge brother up north, Seattle’s Emerald City Comic Con. PDX is a troublesome spot on the convention calendar—despite being home to most of the cartoonists in North America, the comics shows tend to underperform, perhaps because you can see a cartoonist hanging around every local coffee shop and food cart and don’t need to go to the Convention Center to catch one.
Nonetheless, this show seemed to have been a success. There were the required local news stories with kids dressed as Finn and Jake, a cosplay gallery, including a Poison Ivy, and so on. Here’s a con report by two non-comics experts. They seemed to have a good time.
The fairly sedate crowds in the photos and lack of an “OMG THE FIRE MARSHAL CAME!” news story suggests it was a regular sized show and not a megalith; but like we said, PDX is a strange town.
Did you go? Did you have a good time? Sound off in the comments as always.
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.