Comments on: Wizard World Chicago Comic Con 2012 http://comicsworthreading.com/2012/08/11/wizard-world-chicago-comic-con-2012/ Independent Opinions on Comics of All Kinds Sat, 28 Feb 2015 16:29:19 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 By: Wizard World Chicago Comic Con August 8-11, 2013 » Comics Worth Readinghttp://comicsworthreading.com/2012/08/11/wizard-world-chicago-comic-con-2012/comment-page-1/#comment-131148 Sat, 12 Oct 2013 20:45:09 +0000 http://comicsworthreading.com/?p=27419#comment-131148 […] I had a mixed experience last year, I’m really looking forward to attending this time. Much of that is due to the […]

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By: Johannahttp://comicsworthreading.com/2012/08/11/wizard-world-chicago-comic-con-2012/comment-page-1/#comment-127241 Tue, 14 Aug 2012 13:08:00 +0000 http://comicsworthreading.com/?p=27419#comment-127241 Oh, I had a great conversation about CAKE with Sarah, and I’m definitely looking forward to going to that next year, once details are available. And you make a good point — it’s not that a show is bad or good, it’s how good a match they are for what you’re looking for. I went to Wizard World because I was curious, and I found out it wasn’t my kind of thing. Nothing wrong with that.

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By: Erichttp://comicsworthreading.com/2012/08/11/wizard-world-chicago-comic-con-2012/comment-page-1/#comment-127236 Mon, 13 Aug 2012 19:34:31 +0000 http://comicsworthreading.com/?p=27419#comment-127236 Another event that may be more to your liking is CAKE, the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (I don’t know how they ended up with a “k” in the acronym…)

It was absolutely packed with indie comic creators, and iirc, admission was $5.

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By: Erichttp://comicsworthreading.com/2012/08/11/wizard-world-chicago-comic-con-2012/comment-page-1/#comment-127235 Mon, 13 Aug 2012 14:43:46 +0000 http://comicsworthreading.com/?p=27419#comment-127235 I’m a five-year Chicago resident and life-long comic fan. I’ve long been turned off by how celebrity-centric Wizard World is (they ought to change the name to Wizard World Pop Culture Con), but I still always end up going and have a good time.

The layout was not great- I spent four or five hours on Saturday going through artists’ alley and didn’t even make it through the whole thing. The one panel I did attend was comic-specific: Storytelling with Michael Golden, which was mildly informative.

This past winter, there was a great con in Orland Park, IL called Dan Con. It cost $2 to get in, there were a lot of comic dealers, and the artists’ alley was roughly equal in size to the dealer area. A lot of the artists there were selling creator-owned comics, and there were some relatively big names like Ben Templesmith and Tim Seeley. If you’re living in the midwest now, it might be worth checking out Dan Con 2013.

For Wizard World, I pack my own food and take public transit to get there, which cuts down on the cost significantly.

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By: Tom Stillwellhttp://comicsworthreading.com/2012/08/11/wizard-world-chicago-comic-con-2012/comment-page-1/#comment-127234 Mon, 13 Aug 2012 14:21:27 +0000 http://comicsworthreading.com/?p=27419#comment-127234 Russell, that was actually the better spot I moved to. Originally they had Jeff and I all the way by the autograph signing in the back corner staring at a wall.

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By: Johannahttp://comicsworthreading.com/2012/08/11/wizard-world-chicago-comic-con-2012/comment-page-1/#comment-127232 Mon, 13 Aug 2012 12:02:37 +0000 http://comicsworthreading.com/?p=27419#comment-127232 Glad you did well, Russell. Tom, sorry to hear it didn’t go as well for you.

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By: Russell Lissauhttp://comicsworthreading.com/2012/08/11/wizard-world-chicago-comic-con-2012/comment-page-1/#comment-127231 Mon, 13 Aug 2012 09:55:55 +0000 http://comicsworthreading.com/?p=27419#comment-127231 Yeah, Tom, that alcove by the fire doors looked pretty rough.

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By: Tom Stillwellhttp://comicsworthreading.com/2012/08/11/wizard-world-chicago-comic-con-2012/comment-page-1/#comment-127230 Mon, 13 Aug 2012 05:54:19 +0000 http://comicsworthreading.com/?p=27419#comment-127230 Yeah, Artist Alley was tough this year.

Jeff Moy and I started off the con together in the same horrible location that saw no traffic at all. We eventually both moved to better spots.

Even then, it was hard to interact with con-goers because of the horrible layout. People were packed in tight in some places and when any open aisle presented themselves they dashed through. That’s not exactly conducive to selling my original comics in a sea of non-licensed prints and t-shirts.

Typically WWC has been a good money making show for me. Not this year. If this new layout and focus is here to stay I won’t be going back. C2E2 is a much better show, more focused on comics and the Reed staff are loads more helpful than anyone at Wizard.

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By: Russell Lissauhttp://comicsworthreading.com/2012/08/11/wizard-world-chicago-comic-con-2012/comment-page-1/#comment-127228 Mon, 13 Aug 2012 01:28:32 +0000 http://comicsworthreading.com/?p=27419#comment-127228 Just got home from the con. The layout was odd, and it was a celebrity heavy show, but I had my second-best con sales EVER this weekend, second only to WWC2011. I sold close to 200 comics and trades at my AA table,a dozen sketch cards and some original art. Some artists had tough locations, but I did well.

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By: Heroes Convention 2012 » Comics Worth Readinghttp://comicsworthreading.com/2012/08/11/wizard-world-chicago-comic-con-2012/comment-page-1/#comment-127227 Sun, 12 Aug 2012 15:15:15 +0000 http://comicsworthreading.com/?p=27419#comment-127227 […] about Wizard World yesterday, I realized that I never put together my comments on this year’s Heroes Convention […]

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By: Johannahttp://comicsworthreading.com/2012/08/11/wizard-world-chicago-comic-con-2012/comment-page-1/#comment-127226 Sun, 12 Aug 2012 12:53:40 +0000 http://comicsworthreading.com/?p=27419#comment-127226 There were apparently a lot of people there to see the spectacle. The two random older strangers I spoke with were both there with kids (some adult-aged) who dragged them along.

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By: Anthonyhttp://comicsworthreading.com/2012/08/11/wizard-world-chicago-comic-con-2012/comment-page-1/#comment-127224 Sun, 12 Aug 2012 03:34:13 +0000 http://comicsworthreading.com/?p=27419#comment-127224 Surprised to hear it’s actually still crowded/well attended. I’d thought most Chicago-area folk had long given up on Wizard for C2E2 instead (given the complants I’d heard about Wizard’s show).

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By: Johannahttp://comicsworthreading.com/2012/08/11/wizard-world-chicago-comic-con-2012/comment-page-1/#comment-127223 Sun, 12 Aug 2012 03:09:08 +0000 http://comicsworthreading.com/?p=27419#comment-127223 It was pretty dire. Lots of people selling prints and merch, very few comics, even fewer original-looking ones. Also very crowded feeling and seemed shoved into leftover spaces.

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By: James Scheehttp://comicsworthreading.com/2012/08/11/wizard-world-chicago-comic-con-2012/comment-page-1/#comment-127222 Sun, 12 Aug 2012 02:56:29 +0000 http://comicsworthreading.com/?p=27419#comment-127222 Been reading similar stories from Jeff Moy on his FB page. Something to the effect that it was the worst artist alley he’d ever seen.

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