Hey there gang... I just got back from Megacon in Orlando and had a great great time! I got to see a lot of old friends and chatted with a few creators that I really admitted! ( and even got a nice Dick Giordano drawing ta' boot!).. Such a great time.. I would hate if it were ever go to away... But such thoughts dominated conversation during the show.... not about Megacon, but other convention!
I heard a good number of heavy duty collectors chatting that they had heard that Wizard might discontinue their annual conventions in Los Angeles and Dallas after 2008 .. and maybe discontinue their show in Philly as well leaving only Wizard World Chicago to continue!
What makes this even more interesting that this talk comes shortly after Roger Price announced that he would no longer promote the MidOhioCon. Others have speculated as to the future of the Pittsburgh Comicon after 2008year resulting from pending legal matters involving it's promoter.
Right now this is a lot ( I MEAN A LOT ) OF S P E C U L A T I O N... But if it were to come to pass that would mean the loss of 5 major annual conventions all in one year... I have to wonder what kind of impact this could have on the hobby as a whole... For me it would be 5 fewer appearances in 2009. But I travel a lot. Many fans attend only one or two major conventions in a year. What happens to them...? I've always thought that the fantastic social atmosphere of the conventions is a great reason for the strength of this hobby. What opportunity to meet other fans and share your love of the hobby... Many great friendships have been made through the convention circut... How would the loss of the closest LARGE comic convention affect YOU and your collecting habits...? I'd love to hear everyone's thoughts on the matter.
One thing that I am reminded of concerning this matter is the comic callapse of '96... I remember reading a news piece back then. when so many comic book stores were going out of business, that asked about the impact of the closeing of so many comic shops... The news piece included results of a questionnaire that asked, "if your local comic shop were to go out of business, what would you do...?".. The multiple choice answers included.... "go to another shop", "order from a catalog/ web", "quit collecting", "other"..... Of those that answered 50-percent said they would stop collecting...
... Am I crazy to wonder what kind of effect the possible loss of these conventions could have on the hobby..?