Mid-Ohio-Con Moves for 2008

When I heard that Mid-Ohio-Con‘s new owner was moving the show to October 4-5, my first thought was “great! It’s not on Thanksgiving! Maybe I can go!” But I checked the dates more closely, and then realized it was on the same weekend as SPX, which is much closer both geographically and to my interests. That’s a shame. My most charitable guess is that, with the show transition and some resulting delay (I’m guessing), the number of dates available for selecting the convention center were restricted.

Or the new owners didn’t think to check other conventions’ schedules, or they think that they’re not in competition for guests or audience with SPX. I dunno.


9 Responses to “Mid-Ohio-Con Moves for 2008”

  1. odessa steps magazine Says:

    I wonder how much crossover there really is between what I’ve always taken as a very mainstream comics convention (mid-ohio) and a very indy/small press/zine convention (SPX).

    On first thought, the people this would seem to effect the most are the comics press, who would likely want to report on both.

  2. Johanna Says:

    I suspect another affected class would be small press creators for whom Mid-Ohio is their local con but whose material is well-suited to SPX.

  3. Dave Says:

    Johanna – I think your suspicion is correct, but I’m not losing too much sleep over it. I live in Columbus and haven’t attended in five years – partly because of the Thanksgiving conflict and partly because the same pros attend year after year with little deviation. Again, that’s the holiday weekend to blame, with most pros opting out due to the conflict while the regulars (I call them the “CBG Crew” – look at a list of past attendees and you’ll figure it out)regard it as the yearly reunion of their little in-group. Nothing wrong with it but some new blood will be nice. Plus, it’ll be easier (and easier to justify to my wife) to do some shopping without the spectre of Christmas looming… My brother-in-law and I are both “retired” comic shop managers, live in Columbus, and will be attending for the first time in years.

  4. Johanna Says:

    I hope you enjoy it! Good point, about recurring guests.

  5. Paul Sizer Says:

    Well darn! I actually really like Mid Ohio, and went as often as I could, even with the Thanksgiving cross-over. But given a choice between the two, SPX wins hands down. Although Mid-Ohio IS geographically a little more accessible for me. Poo!
    (Sorry for all the language, I know this is a family blog!)

  6. Johanna Says:

    That made me laugh.

    I’m glad you pick SPX, because I love seeing you and Jane.

  7. Tony Isabella Says:

    At this time, I don’t know if I’ll be involved with Mid-Ohio-Con, but I do know the Columbus Convention Center – the only venue big enough for the show and with easy access to good hotels and restaurants – is booked pretty solid during the year. In addition, no promoter in his right mind would schedule the show for the same weekend as an Ohio State University football game. OSU is only a couple miles away and the hotels and restaurants get booked up. I doubt anyone is happy about being on the same weekend as either SPX or Fallcon, but, when you’re dealing with the Columbus Convention Center, you take what you can get.

  8. Dave Says:

    Funny… I’ve lived in Columbus for 9 years but, since I’m nobody’s idea of a football fan (let alone a Buckeye fan), I had not taken the game into account. I just checked and the Bucks will be playing out of town that Saturday, so that’s good… but the promoters should probably be prepared for a 3-4 hour “dead zone” while the game is happening. Frankly, they would be smart to set up a room at the con with the game playing on a big screen and publicize that they will do so. That will help draw con-goers who otherwise might be on the fence to the con and keep them there.

  9. Brian Says:

    I am glad to have a change from the standard Thanksgiving date, and I’m hopeful this will mean some different talent will be able to make it. I love the standard MOC creators that attend, but it really would be nice to mix it up a little for a change.

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