2017 Amazing Arizona and Amazing Houston Comic Cons cancelled in a saturated market

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The warning signs of an oversaturated convention market have been everywhere of late, from Wizard’s tightening its belt to the Rewind Con debacle, but now two already established shows from a reliable convention promoter, Jimmy Jay’s Amazing Comic Cons, are being cancelled in 2017. Amazing Arizona Comic Con, planned for February 18-19, 2017 in Phoenix […]

The Beat podcasts! More to Come with Neal Adams, Amy Chu, and Ron Marz

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At the recent New Jersey Comics Expo I had the good fortune to talk to Neal Adams, Amy Chu and Ron Marz about comics, life, art, history, the Mets and many other topics. I haven’t had a chance to write it up but the NJCE, where I was a guest, is a really fun laid back […]

Mega-preview for JEWISH COMIC-CON

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With the uptick of fan culture leading to the proliferation of comic conventions all across the country, surely the thought of introducing another one to the mix would leave people exhausted. Right? WRONG! This Sunday November 13th marks the inaugural edition of the Jewish Comic-Con, to be held at Congregation Kol Israel in Brooklyn (603 […]

Comizake Expo rebrands as Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con but who’s got the trademark?

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Sten Lee just can’t stay home. Yesterday he trooped down to LA City Hall to make a proclamation. : Stan Lee, creator of Spider-Man and other beloved Marvel superhero characters, made his latest cameo at City Hall Tuesday to promote the re-branding of his Los Angeles-based comics convention. The event previously known as Stan Lee’s […]

Beat Retreat: GameStop Expo 2016, video game camp holds comic surprises

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Last week GameStop managers and employees got the royal treatment from the retailer’s various vendors and partners at GameStop Expo 2016 at the Anaheim Convention Center. The three day show is built as part reward for GameStop employees and part sales training from the many companies selling their products in GS stores. The final day […]

Wizard World adds controversial swimmer Ryan Lochte as a guest for Richmond show September 10

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Wizard World’s convention circuit has often taken on some of pop culture’s “black sheep” and repackaged them as comic-con guests. Nothing wrong with that. Disgraced Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich made an appearance at a Chicago show a few years ago, for instance. And now Ryan Lochte, the disgraced swimmer and reality TV star, is joining […]

When Stan Lee stops going to real conventions he’ll go to online conventions

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Well here’s a new spin on the convention scene: Tradeshow.net, a proposed startup of virtual conventions as reported by Beat pal Paul Nicolasi. The venture would set up a bunch of virtual cons with booths and chats and so on. And of course, Stan Lee, who is visible in the initial mailings. From Tradeshow’s vendor […]