Monday, October 24, 2011

Mid-Ohio Con 2011 Report; or, Wizard Whirled

Observations (some from my all-comics Twitter account, @Nenofsky) on the new Gareb Shamus-owned Mid-Ohio Con:

Do we really need obnoxious music played loud all day on the con floor, in a place that's already loud enough? I don't pay crazy money to listen to Coldplay.

What's with no program books? At $30.00 a ticket (or more), Wizard World can't afford to print some? The sheet of paper given to guests upon entrance was nearly useless if you were trying to locate an artist on the map; the table numbers were printed so small one literally needed a magnifying glass to read them.

No table to drop off and pick up comic related cards and flyers? What's up with that? Is Wizard World afraid something may get promoted at their show that Gareb Shamus doesn't own?

Are the huge ticket prices for paying the TV celebs? 'Cause I don't go to comic cons to see them.

The con needed to be held in more than one room. The aisles were so stiflingly crowded on Saturday, I started thinking about The Who, 1979, Cincinnati...

Some panel discussions with older cartoonists ala @cincinnaticomic expo would be nice, too. You know, like the ones ChicagoCon used to have. Before Wizard World bought them out.

Lastly, there were many longstanding comics dealers and local artists I would have expected to see at the largest comic book convention in Ohio. Whether they weren't invited or couldn't afford the inflated table prices, I don't know. I get the impression that the current promoters of Mid-Ohio Con know little about the local comic book scene and arts community, with no outreach to those areas. Odd.

FWIW, here's another cartoonist unhappy with the new Mid-Ohio Con regime:
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Jonathon Riddle said...

Wow. This sounds positively lousy. So glad suddenly that I didn't go. The news about the dealers and merchants sounds troubling. If local business doesn't come to Mid-Ohio, that's reason less to attend. Bargain hunting is part of the con experience.

Like you, I don't go to comic cons to meet TV actors and movie celbrities. Last Year's Chicago Con seemed to be litle else and was (with the exception of meeting Bill Tucci) a complete disapointment for me.

I don't want to see the show closed down, but I don't want what you described, either. Here's hoping for some change come 2012.

Michael N. said...

The good news is that the Ohio Gem City Con and the Cincinnati Comic Expo are getting bigger and better every year (Comic Expo had such a large attendence last month it may go to two days next year). Both are the kind of cons Mid-Ohio used to be: comfortable and creator-friendly, with the emphasis on comic books, not tattoos, fetish wear and porn stars.