Sunday, May 31, 2009

All Signs Point To No

Was talking to Mike this morning after golf about whether each of us will be attending the Chicago Wizard Con this year. As for me, I said that unless my full-time job situation improves between now and this August—which is always possible—I’d have to decline.

But honestly, outside of missing a chance to hob-nob with independent artists at the con, I doubt I’ll miss much. After all, when the show is seemingly dedicated to pro wrestlers as much as comic artists, writers, and dealers it is definitely losing its way.

Not that I have anything against wrestlers (Jerry “The King” Lawler will be at WizardCon this year, a favorite of mine), but if I wanted to check them out I’d attend a WWE event.

Hopefully, next year will be a better one for con-going in my neck ‘o the woods, as Reed Entertainment--manager of the annual New York Comic Con--will be staging the inaugural Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2) in April 2010 at the city’s massive McCormick Place. The event’s Guest of Honor has already been selected in Alex Ross, whom I hope will allow me (and the rest of us) to breathe the same air in which his greatness basks.

Anyhow, it should be interesting to attend on my usual Sunday.

Unless I’m at an out-of-town comic con (e.g. San Diego), I refuse to go to for all three days. It’s far too exhausting an experience to walk in circles for so long, passing the same dealer tables time and again.

Yeah, that's what I figured too...

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