Comic book conventions! A convention is a gathering of individuals who meet at a pre-arranged place and time in order to discuss or engage in some common interest. The most common are based upon fandom, industry, and profession. Fan cons usually feature sales, people dressed up as their favorite characters, and guest celebrities.
Trade shows (comic book cons?) typically focus on a particular industry or industry segment, and feature keynote speakers, vendor displays, and other information and activities of interest to the event organizers and attendees.
Professional meetings focus on issues of concern to the profession and advancements in the profession. Such gatherings are generally organized by societies dedicated to promotion of the topic of interest.
Well, so goes the general definition of a convention. Now how do comic-book-conventions fit into this category? I would surmise that they are in general, trade conventions with a sizable amount of fandom thrown in. And just a whole lot of fun and excitement to boot.
If you have never attended one of these amazing events, you are missing what half the thrill of comic book collection is all about. These conventions are places to find some of your most precious back issues. They are places to hobnob with some of the industry professionals. And they are just great places to meet old friends and make new ones.
Comic-book-conventions are located and held all over the world. There are many, many of them here in the states. They are located in many of the major cities, but just how do you find one closest to your location? Good question. I have found an excellent site, which keeps abreast of most of the conventions worthy of attendance at Comic book conventions. These guys really seem to be “home to the best convention calendar”. You should be able to locate just about any convention you are looking for.
And now, as an extra treat, I have just created a new page all about my experiences at my first comic convention. It was within 45 minutes from where I live. And it was a first for this area. And it rivaled San Diego. It was a first ever in Salt Lake City, Utah. Go check out my experiences at the SLC Comic Con. Thanks.
Are you into a weekend outing or do you have a desire to spend your yearly vacation? That one special trip of the year could become an excellent convention. I don’t know if you would want to eat up your yearly vacation time or not at a convention across the country, but it may very well blow the cobwebs outs. Then again, there could be enough local events, that a short day trip could satisfy the typical comic book junky.
I am sure whatever your time constraints and comic book appetite is, you can find a comic book convention that will satisfy your needs. AND, I am sure you won’t regret it. Keep this page book marked, or my whole site for that matter, and you can check back and find the latest conventions at this great comic book conventions site.
On that note I would like to mention a couple of last items. If you have a comic book related site and would like to exchange links, you can contact me using my contact page in the menu. We can sure discuss if there may be any mutual benefit. Second, if you would like to join my list and receive my free comic book ezine, "Comics Galore" then feel free to use the sign up form below. Happy comic book convention hunting.