Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Con Schedule For 2015

As I'm still not working, going to many con's this year is going to be difficult, but here's the lowdown of where I will and will not be going this season.

January 23-25, 2015

Just like last year, I'm not going to be making it to Wizard World Portland this year. There are going to be some great guests there, but there's not enough to get me back. I did love the 1st WW PDX and look forward to when I get the chance to go back. Maybe even have a booth for the Comic Book Covers 4 Cancer project.

March 27-29, 2015

I'm really one the fence about this years Emerald City Comicon. I have a great pair of friends that want to go, but also want to share the experience with me. The other item in favor of going to ECCC is that because of completing my McMenamins passport last year, I have vouchers for free night stays at their hotels. This means my lodging (in Centrallia) would be taken care of. I have decided to wait until I've been able to complete my taxes to see if I'm going to receive a refund this year and for how much. We'll see what happens.

Last year, this was my hometown show, and I was happy to see it arrive. There were some issues before the 2014 event where some disparaging remarks were made around cosplayers. I don't want to bring that back to the forefront again. The 2014 event went well, IMHO, and I was looking forward to the 2015 event... that is until November.

A handful of days before the Cherry City Holiday Craft Fair and Flea Market, the news was released that it had been cancelled by the organizer. The reason I bring this up is because that would be the same person who organized Cherry City Comic Con. Then, Cherry City Events made the following post on their website:
There were several vendors from the craft fair that were intending on selling at the comic con event as well. In December, everything started hitting the fan. The organizer had posted on the official Cherry City Comic Con Facebook page that the event was cancelled and later posted it was possibly coming back.

Then, KOIN channel 6 news aired the following report:

That same night this report originally aired, there was a nasty post (which I will not re-post) on their Facebook page declaring that "Cherry City Comic Con is dead." 

A few days later, KOIN ran this report:

And on January 7, the following was posted on their official Facebook page:

I'm very skeptical about the entire situation as the people that I know who had paid for booths/tables at both the craft fair and comic con haven't received any communication (at time of this writing) nor have they received their refunds.

Because of all these problems, I've made the decision to not attend Cherry City Comic Con this year if they do manage to resurrect it. We'll see what happens.

August 15-16, 2015
Thankfully Salem will have an alternative to the loss of Cherry City with the first annual Northwest Comic Fest. Not only will I personally be attending, but I will also have a table there to help promote Comic Book Covers 4 Cancer. They've already been able to help some of the vendors and artists affected by the loss of Cherry City by helping to organize the First Wednesday Free Artist/Craft Event! I'm looking forward to attending this event as well in February.

September 19-20, 2015

The 4th annual Rose City Comic Con proves to be better than last years event. Year after year, RCCC has been bigger and better than the year prior. The best part of going to RCCC is that I can day-trip up there and take-in just about everything I want to. I'm hoping I might be able to add some more autographs to my copy of The Walking Dead 100 Project. My goal is to get every artist to sign it, and I'm probably about 1/3 of the way to meeting that goal. This is a prize in my collection.

The Great Northwest Super Con
Earlier this month, I found out that someone was organizing The Great Northwest Super Con. It's becoming an official non-profit and gaining support from the area. I look forward to seeing what come of this. No dates have been set yet, but I'm putting it on my list to go to whenever it happens.

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