San Diego Comic-Con Early Bird Hotels now available; pro registration is Friday


For those of you who are sensible and like to avoid stress, the “Early Bird” hotel rooms are now available for Comic-Con 2015. These are mostly in Mission Valley, but on a 24-hour shuttle route, and the beauty of it is, YOU CAN JUST GO GET A HOTEL ROOM RIGHT NOW. Yes, you heard me, […]


San Diego Comic-Con Badges came…and went in an hour


It was badge-o-ween this weekend—open registration for this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. Rather than follow the travail and triumph on twitter, I went and sat in a sauna, but it was the usual. Everything sold out in about an hour — 30 minutes less than last year. There was a new snafu where people had to log in to the member ID to get their registration number…which then crashed the member ID site because people didn’t have it all written out on a piece of paper like they probably should have. Planning, folks.


Comic-Con registration starts on February 21st; new guests


Here it comes! Preliminary instructions for this year’s San Diego Comic-Con open registration is coming next Saturday, 2/21 at 9 am pst. As usual links will be revealed later and you’ll get into a waiting room before being able to get in and purchase tickets. Only THREE PER PERSON this year, which is tough. Here’s some rough guidelines:


UPDATE – Amazing Arizona Con 2015: Deadpool ruled & art crooks were called out


The Valentines State’s first comic con of the year wrapped up over the romantic weekend. Jimmy Jay, Amazing Arizona Comic Con organizer, didn’t let a hallmark holiday get in the way of putting on his three-day annual comic book convention on Friday, Feb. 13 through Sunday, Feb. 15. The event kicked off with an intimate panel with Spawn Creator Todd McFarlane and the New York Times best selling Batman artist, Greg Capullo. They signed someone’s baby.


Angoulême’s attendance is probably smaller than thought


Well, this is a bit of a wounder. I alluded in an earlier post on the Angoulême comics festival that the attendance was being disputed, and in a
must read wrap-up of the 2015 festival Matthias Wivel covers everything and has a much more knowledgable breakdown of the dispute. In the past it has been a tenet of faith that 200,000 people attend the festival, which fills an entire medieval style town on a hill. This number has been cited as a reminder of how the French love their comics, how robust the European comics scene is, and in general how Angoulême is heaven on earth for comics lovers. While all of that remains true, it now seems that festival organizers may have been inflating the attendance a tad and it’s more like…15,000-20,000.


First Look at the Long Beach Comic Expo program cover by The Bean’s Travis Hanson


The Long Beach Comic Expo February 28-March 1st and just announced a great line-up of guests, which you can see below. They also released the cover of the program guide by Travis Hanson, creator of the Eisner nominated story The Bean. It’s a nice mash-up of some creator owned icons.


ComiqueCon Leaps Out: Celebrating Female Creators


Last week, to little or no fanfare, a new convention, ComiqueCon, launched in Dearborn, Michigan with a primary focus on celebrating female comics creators and being a positive space for female fans.


Treating comic con guests right: one creator’s suggestions


Sean Gordon Murphy, a creator no stranger to speaking his mind, has offered a Creators Rights at Conventions , which includes lots of positive stories, but also some rules that suggest some not to great experiences.


FanX kicks off in Salt Lake City today


It isn’t primarily a comic-con, but Salt Lake City Comic Con’s FanX starts today, a three day show with a focus on nerdlebrities: Glen and Beth will be there; Walter White Jr will be there; Jamie Lannister will be there, Judge Doom, Doctor Who and even Princess Leia! A few comics guests as well, including Neal Adams. And a LOT of SF authors—Utah is actually the nerdiest state, and there’s a lot of support for this kind of material.


CAF update: APE and Short Run get dates; ELCAF gets a day and Lineworks NW gets guests


Whew the comics arts festival circuit news is flowing thick and fast; we’re in the middle of application season and hearts and minds are turning to tabling. And the CAFs are answering back with news.


Wizard World announces Fan Fest for Rosemont, IL in March


WizardWorld has announced a new Chicago-based show with the Wizard World Comic Con Presents Fan Fest Chicago on March 7-8 at Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont. In contrast to pricier Wizard shows, the event will be $25 for the weekend and $15 for either day, and people who sign up for VP or four day registration at the regular August show get in free.


Wizard World confirms acquisition of PIttsburgh Comicon

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Despite a Twitter non-denial denial, from owner Renee George, Wizard World has confirmed they have acquired the long running Pittsburgh Comicon, to be held September 11-13 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.

“We are excited to have acquired the long-standing and popular Pittsburgh Comicon from Renee,” said John Macaluso, Wizard World CEO. “We are excited to inject the Wizard World flavor in the Pittsburgh market, a city we’ve been wanting to expand to for many years. We are looking forward to seeing all our fans in September!”


The Devastator/Beat Convention Exhibitor Survey is out: which cons are loved, which are hated


Last fall, we here at The Beat teamed up with the awesome folks at The Devastator to put together a survey for convention exhibitors. With all the controversy over who is spending and what cons are con games, it seemed like time to seriously upgrade this survey. And you responded, with more than 100 people taking the survey, giving results on the top cons and CAFs that revealed average sales and average amount of satisfaction with each show.

In case you’ve never heard of them, The Devastator is a humor/comic magazine based in LA that features sharp satire and art by founders Geoffrey Golden and Amanda Meadows as well as people from The Onion, the Daily Show, Adult Swim, Marvel and more.

The result, as crunched by the Devastator’s staff, has some eye-opening statistics. You can read the entire report right here, and see some of the Devastator team’s own comments below, but here are a few of my own eye-openers:


Emerald City Comicon joins ReedPOP family of conventions


In an announcement on the Emerald City Comicon site, it’s been announced that the show is joining the ReedPOP family of conventions.

As announced, this is not s straight out acquisition, as the ECCC team will continue running the Seattle-based show, and also work on existing Reed shows, presumably including C2E2, New York Comic-Con, PAX and so on.


Detroit Fanfare convention shuts down


It’s a time of consolidation and retrenching, and some don’t make the journey to the next phase. One such entity is the Detroit Fanfare convention, as announced on this Facebook post. A planned February is being cancelled, a Kickstarter cancelled (and pledges not charged) and the event is not going to be held again.


WonderCon Anaheim announces first five guests for 2015


Soon 2014 will be a memory and 2015 will be an itinerary from Travelocity. And WonderCon Anaheim—to be held April 3-5 in Anahaim has announced its first five guests, Neil Adams, Becky Cloonan, Aaron Kuder, Kevin Maguire and Dustin Nguyen. I’m sure many more will be announced, as this has grown to be the SoCal […]