Pittsburgh Convention 2008 — Anyone There?

This weekend is the Pittsburgh Comicon, but it doesn’t seem like many people went or are talking about it. A friend who is attending said no one was there, with retailers wandering the aisles due to lack of business.

That’s probably due to the organizer Michael George recently being found guilty of a 17-year-old murder. Reportedly, there was a movement to boycott the show. I don’t know if that was successful or if people just want to stay away from the whole situation.

The Newsarama blog (link no longer available) has an update on the murder case: George’s attorneys will be heard on May 6 on their motion to have the verdict overturned. If they are unsuccessful, George will serve life in prison.

5 Responses to “Pittsburgh Convention 2008 — Anyone There?”

  1. Dave White Says:

    I didn’t go this year, for the simple reason that with the economy down I just can’t afford to shell out $20 for the chance to spend even more inside. If they had decent panels or guests worth seeing (who weren’t also at the convention every single year) I might feel differently.

  2. Johanna Says:

    Those are both good reminders of the challenges conventions face — over-familiarity and a very poor economy.

  3. Brian Says:

    Friday was dead, Saturday had some foot traffic, and Sunday was back to dead again. There was plenty of time for everyone to chat with each other.

  4. Vikki Says:

    I agree with former post re economy — I don’t think you get what you pay for. I took my son, but he alone paid and attended; I sat in the (free) cafe area reading a book. My son, a comic book fanatic, always loves being around groups of people who talk comics. But I don’t think we’ll be going back next year. The panels are weak (how to plan a Star Wars wedding)and, except for a couple of famous artists, the guests were weak. And we can shop elsewhere. It’s certainly not worth $18 entrance fee.

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