In last week's paper, I wrote about Rose City Comic-Con, a new comic/pop culture convention by a newcomer to the convention world who is nevertheless hoping to grow the event to the size of our northern neighbor's Emerald City Comic-Con.
This deliberate and calculated monopolization of the convention circuit may not only drive HeroesCon out of business but continues a practice of forcing out independent comic conventions nationwide. Itâs spread can no longer continue unchecked. More than a David and Goliath story, the Starbucking of HeroesCon signals the end of an era and the terrible reward of the industryâs policy of appeasement towards Wizard and WizardWorld. The hope for diversity, for an independent voice, and for shows of, by, and for comics fans are now beneath the boot of Wizardâs abhorrent Wal-Mart-style business practices.... Today Charlotte. Tomorrow Washington, Baltimore, Portland, or Seattle.
"I don't think it really has an impact on Rose City Comic-Con since we're at the other end of the convention season. However, their announcement regarding their date is a little bothersome to me as a fan of Emerald City Comic-Con. The last thing I would want is for people to spend themselves out before heading north to the greatest convention in the west coast and cutting into the value for the exhibitors."I wonder if the PDX community by in large will support an event at $50 a ticketâPortlanders are frugal by nature and at those prices the expectations might be more then what WW can deliver on. However, time will tell and we'll be paying close attention to the announcements leading up to the show."