Wizard World Chicago 2008 – Shopping Jul05

Wizard World Chicago 2008 – Shopping

Like most conventions and shows large events like this among other things mean good shopping opportunities. With over 400 dealers and tables in artist Alley there were more than enough places to spend your hard earned money. I see the shopping breaking down into two major classes, collecting and bargains, though sometimes the two will combine. If you are a collector and are trying to complete a set of a series or looking for an elusive hero clix character this is the place to look. Quite literally thousands of long boxes full comics goodness await. Dealers who have been building collections for years are here. And if you can’t find...

Guest Blogger Tim Broderick – Wizard World Chicago Jul04

Guest Blogger Tim Broderick – Wizard World C...

Wizard World Chicago capped off a terrific June! And it answered an important question for me: Where would an independent graphic novel sell best? At a literary festival with a decidedly mixed crowd or a comics convention that traditionally attracts a large “superhero” audience? It started with Printers Row in downtown Chicago, a huge book festival that takes place each year in early June. Karen Syed and Echelon Press had a couple of sidewalk tables. I was out there with Luisa Buehler, Kevin Helmold, Robert Goldsborough and the always funny Norm Cowie. Margot Justes was there too, promoting her debut novel “A Hotel in...

Wizard World Chicago – Jon’s take part the first Jul01

Wizard World Chicago – Jon’s take part...

After our experience we decided to head down Thursday instead of Friday. Thank God we did. Traffic between Milwaukee and Chicago was a nightmare. Thank you Illinois Construction crews.This year the crew doubled from just Ruth and I to Ruth and I and Our new Comics Editor Timm Hintz (who you’ve been reading here) and his wife and expert photographer Christy. (Christy is a trooper doing the whole con while a bit more than five months preggers) We did arrive in time to get over to the convention center for the preview night. The fisrt thing we noticed was Warren Ellis signing, and NO LINE! We grabbed a copy of Crooked Little Vein and ran...