UPDATE: I’m told this lawsuit was also settled at the same time as the main one. So, all water under the bridge now. The other day we reported on the end of Wizard World’s lawsuit against former CMO Stephen Shamus for breach of contract. However, as a tipster mentioned in the comments, there is still […]
[Disclosure: I was a guest at the NJCE and participated in the programming so bear that in mind as you read what follows.] Are there too many comic cons? Absolutely. Is there room for one more? Almost certainly. That’s the paradox that I had on my mind as I went out to Edison, NJ for […]
Comic-Con comes early this year, and our crack team of correspondents are mustering to bring you around-the-block coverage of the Nerd State Fair. While I usually stay ensconced at Stately Beat Manor with a few other staff members and our tribe of white-headed capuchins. However, I will be flying west on Friday to another, smaller […]
Last year our good pals at The Devastator magazine made news with an anonymous survey of convention exhibitors that showed average sales of $1300 at the shows surveyed, the differences between indie and comics shows and more.
Well, as you MAY have NOTICED, there has been quite a bit of talk of late about exhibiting at conventions, profits and how it is changing. I thought it might be interesting to revisit this survey and after contacting Amanda Meadows at the Devastator, The Beat is proud to be co-sponsoring this year’s survey.
This survey covers sales at shows this year and general trends in staffing tabling and money making. It’s intended for anyone who exhibits at Cafs or Cons, artists, small presses or crafters.
OK, comicsphere, we need to talk about conventions. This convention hubbub that’s flared up in the last week or so is a fairly complex one. Just for the sake of the arguments that are still going on, let’s break this down into the individual issues that are affecting creators that are exhibiting at comics shows.
Issue #1 – CCINO
Yes, I’m borrowing from political rhetoric. “Comic Conventions In Name Only.” Ever been to an alleged comic convention that had little-to-zero comics programming, few (if any) comics publishers exhibiting and pretty much all the comics content was artists alley and anyone selling comics in the dealers area?