2010 Convention Schedule

As this year’s convention season ends, I’m already looking forward to next year’s shows. Here’s what I’m planning on attending:

Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2), Chicago, April 16-18, 2010. Reed Exhibitions spins off its successful New York show into a Midwestern location. I love an excuse to visit that area of the country — we usually tack on some time to return to KC’s home state of Wisconsin as well — and spring seems a lovely time to do so.

MOCCA, New York City, April 10-11, 2010. I was looking forward to returning to this celebration of art comics, but it may be too close to C2E2 to make it feasible. On the other hand, I may be able to do a flying visit again, just one day. Yet I’d like to experience more of the city next time. Decisions, decisions.

Heroes Con, Charlotte, NC, no date yet, but likely to be June/July. My favorite show, due to its reasonable size — lots of guests, but not overcrowded — the affordable price of its location, and the great mix of superhero and indy creators.

Small Press Expo, Bethesda, MD, no date yet, likely September/October. A local trip for me, and a wonderful way to sample all kinds of up-and-coming and art comics.

New York Comic Con, New York City, October 8-10, 2010. It combines with the New York Anime Festival this year, making for yet more to do in the East Coast’s biggest comic show. It’s also the only chance I have to see manga publishers, who are mostly headquartered in California yet come to this show.

I was considering San Diego, but five shows seem like plenty, and it’s so expensive to go coast-to-coast for a week. On the other hand, if anyone wants to hire experienced booth help for a reasonable fee for SDCC, I’m available.

What shows are you planning to go to?

12 Responses to “2010 Convention Schedule”

  1. politescott Says:

    C2E2 is on my agenda as well; it’s (relatively) close to St Louis.

    I hope to get back to Emerald City as well.

  2. Johanna Says:

    Oh, Emerald City! Yes, that’s another great show — wrong coast for me, unfortunately, unless my company reinstates travel budgets (since they have an office in Seattle). But yes, definitely recommended. So many comic creators are located in the Seattle/ Portland area that they have wonderful talent available!

  3. Tara Tallan Says:

    Aw, c’mon, come to TCAF! It’s only a 12-14 hr drive! :-)

  4. Johanna Says:

    I would love to see Toronto again, but I’m embarrassed to say that my passport isn’t up to date. I guess I should start getting it renewed now, hunh? :)

  5. David Oakes Says:

    What, no Phoenix Cactus Comic Con?

    We have Dave (Bowman)!

  6. Ed Sizemore Says:

    My five are going to be: MoCCA, Anime Mid Atlantic, Otakon, SPX, & NYAF/NYCC. Not all have released their dates so I’m hoping there’s no conflict for me.

  7. Stephen Geigen-Miller Says:

    TCAF! And Tara’s right, you should come. Plenty of time to renew your passport. :)

  8. Rob McMonigal Says:

    If I only make it to one, it will be SPX. I love that con, maybe because that was the one that opened my eyes a bit more to the idea of indie comics, even if I reading them prior to going.

    My wife and I are going to try and be at SPACE in late April, which means Toronto is probably out. :(

    Oddly enough, while I read a lot of superhero comics, I have no desire to go to a big comicon.

    If anyone knows of any other small comics shows on the East Coast or maybe the eastern Northwest, I’d be interested.

  9. Steven Rowe Says:

    As usual I will be attending HeroesCon (why not, I’ve attended them all!)
    that’s the only comics con I go to, I go to other non-hobby related conventions, and will be going to Nashville TN and Rochester NY.

  10. John Steventon Says:

    Hi Johanna,
    Just got back from Baltimore, and was disappointed not to see you there! I know, I should have written ahead, and said, come visit me in Artist’s Alley, but I was prepping for the show until, well, the show started!

    Hopefully I’ll be there next year, but looks like you won’t be there.

    Maybe another con? I’m not sure which I’ll go to, but Baltimore was great, so I’ll definitely do some shows next year. People have told me Pittsburgh is a fun show, so it’s on my list.

    Cheers, JOHN :0)

  11. Johanna Says:

    I didn’t attend Baltimore this year, sorry.

  12. Hal Shipman Says:

    Let’s be sure to get together when you’re here in Chicago. They’re doing a academic conference in conjunction with it that I’m hoping to participate in.




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