As the ecstatic reports on last weekend Comic Arts Brooklyn festival continue to roll out—the Secret Acres report is, as always a stand-out-one element of the show is mentioned over and over. It was crowded. Having so many of the world’s great cartoonists in one place is sure to draw a crowd, and the free admission doesn’t hurt. People have wondered if the show would consider expanding, and I emailed showrunner Gabe Fowler about this very topic. His answer was pretty much what I expected.
“If anyone knows of a larger venue in Brooklyn, I’d love to hear about it,” he told The Beat, reflecting NYC’s acute lack of affordable venues. “In the past we briefly considered moving BCGF to One Hanson Place, but the rental was literally ten times the cost for 1.5 times the space.”
“I’m honestly content to keep it medium-sized and crowded,” he concluded. “It’s a free show.”
So yeah, NYC is a tough town and if a church basement becomes a shrine to the best in comics, maybe that’s how it’s meant to be.
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.