We’d like to announce El Paso Comic Con is being cancelled indefinitely. We’d like to thank everyone who supported us throughout years….the vendors, the guests, the partners, sponsors, the venues, but most importantly the volunteers and the FANS. We couldn’t have done it without you. It has no doubt been a great ride and a life changing experience. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. As we move forward and get back to our interests and the things we love to do – writing, music, publishing, and our professional ventures – we go shaped by this incredible event. Thank you again for coming along and participating in this life long passion. Remember, it’s not a trend but a culture. It’s a way of life.
The show has been held since 2010 and while it enjoyed some growth, it also had a rep for advertising guests who didn’t show up and far lower attendance than expected at times. Not everyone makes it in this business. (Link via Robot 6)
But fear not, there are still a ton of shows. Just last weekend the Great Lakes Comic Con was enjoyed by many.
This past weekend, many Windsorites enjoyed the Great Lakes Comic Con held at the Macomb Community College in Warren, MI. Organizer Mike DeSantis said the appeal of such gatherings is easy to explain. “For some, it makes them feel like a kid again,” said DeSantis. “We always have such a positive response from fans.”
And this weekend the Wizard World Fan Fest takes over Rosemont.
Fan Fest is in addition to the major Wizard World Comic Con events which take place in Rosemont and other U.S. cities including San Diego. Wizard World officials note this event launches the season of comic conventions and events throughout the U.S. Fan Fest, according to Jerry Milani of Wizard World, is a smaller version of the popular Comic Con. It takes the place of the “Bruce Campbell Horror Fest” originally scheduled for this date at the DES. The Campbell show was an offshoot of the Bruce Campbell events at last year’s Comic Con in Rosemont which drew standing room only crowds. The March HorrorFest was canceled due to Campbell’s television commitment. Hence, with the venue and date already sewed up, Wizard World instead set up a Fan Fest to fill the slot and arranged for a slew of popular actors, artists and exhibitors to participate.
AND, Wizard World is coming back to Clevelandd in 2016:
Now that Wizard World Comic Con has announced plans to return to Cleveland in late February 2016, we would like to hear from you.
• What changes do you think should be made for next year’s convention?
• Which celebrities from the worlds of comics, film and television would you most like to see in Cleveland?
• What panels would interest you?
Among the guests suggested in the comments: Bizarro’s Dan Piraro.
And more guests have been announced for San Diego Comic-Con:
David Aja, Artist, Hawkeye, Immortal Iron Fist
Allie Brosh, Author, Hyperbole and a Half
Michael DeForge, Writer/artist, Ant Colony, First Year Healthy
Bob Layton, Artist/writer, Iron Man, X-Factor
Paul Levitz, Writer/editor/publisher, Will Eisner: Champion of the Graphic Novel, Legion of Super-Heroes
…so plenty to do all around.
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.