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Hello Everyone, my name is Ben Taylor and I’m here to write a guest column to clear my head of some of the thoughts that have been running through it since attending the recent Pittsburgh Comicon, which took place in Monroeville, PA September 27th-29th 2013.
Now, for the record, this is not the first time I have attended this show, I actually have attended this show every year for the last 5 years or so. It’s just the first time that I have felt like I needed to get a few things off my chest about it. This is going to sound, or rather read, as a very negative column unless you read all of each point, as not only will I be outlining issues with the show, but after I have placed an issue out there I will suggest something that can help fix it. And no I will not be talking about the history of the show or the drama surrounding Nate Stemen, you can learn more about that here.
First and foremost, please understand that while I attend this show as a fan, I have tabled at many other shows and not only traveled to the show with, but am very good friends with many of the folks that were set up in Artists Alley/Small Press tables, so when I speak about the show from that aspect I’m not just blowing smoke, it’s all from conversations with a great deal of people. And allow me to say that Pittsburgh Comicon was a helluva lot of fun, not necessarily because of the show, but because of the people, and that sentiment was something that was echoed by a lot of people.
Another thing to consider is that much like the current situation with Southern Maryland/Annapolis/Awesomecon DC, Pittsburgh Comicon is taking place in a market that is close to, if not completely, over-saturated with shows. Between it, Steel City, and now PiX as well, the room for maneuver is…slim.
Now onto the show. I think I’m going to break down my points into various sub-categories. So let’s get to it. Continue reading