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By: JD Hardin

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The battle has been raging since 2014, Con VS Con, West Coast VS Midwest, San Diego VS Salt Lake. What this writer sees as a petty and expensive display of male genitalia, has turned into front page news. And honestly, its pathetic.

The lawsuit has been tearing through courts and nerd circles for three years. In 2014, San Diego Comic-Con sued Salt Lake Comic Con for a trademark violation over the use of the term “comic con.” In response, Salt Lake Comic Con has protested, saying that a number of other events use the words “comic con.”

In this simple fact, they are beyond correct. Our biggest events in the country often use the specific words “Comic con”. If you’re skeptical of that last statement, just scroll to the bottom.

The idea of the biggest convention in the United States carrying on a crusade against the rest of the industry is beyond a little disturbing. What’s worse, the base of that crusade be based on the generic term “Comic-con”. While San Diego Comic Con, or Comic Con International is, without a doubt, the largest comic convention in the US, it in no way offers enough accessibility for fans across the country. Most fans can’t afford the tickets, travel, and time off of their jobs to attend the massive event. Even the fans that can, usually don’t have enough time to enjoy the convention in its entirety.

As a person trying to gather all the news possible, SDCC offers us the largest flood of information for the year. That still leaves another fifty one weeks in the year that news must be sourced from somewhere. NYCC, SLCC, and ECCC are some of the best events for big news, as well. Naturally, if Comic Con International has their way, these conventions would have to go through the cost prohibitive process of re-branding. The high cost of this would force most smaller conventions to shut down for years, if not indefinitely.

The conventions that do survive would have to recoup their losses in the best (and only) way they can, with higher ticket prices. Higher ticket prices tends to equal lower ticket sales, which after a few years would force a convention down the road of closure. Regardless of the outcome of the law suits, the extensive court costs and lawyer fees for both conventions must be made up in ticket price as well. Either way, the fans lose.

The fact that a larger public outcry is absent is rather shocking. The nerd community is one of the most unified fan groups in modern society. A loud enough public outcry from fans would most certainly see this quarrel fall to the wayside.

 

 

 

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By: JD Hardin

This past week has been amazing. Red Dog #4, Eclipse #7, and so much more just days after Houston’s Comicpalooza (more on that to come). After a slight delay, DC’s Button series continues, and rumor has it that it will lead up to the Countdown to Doomsday event. Looks like DC is working a pretty awesome long game. After a huge delay, Justice League VS Mighty Morphin Power Rangers continues with issue #4 (it’s about time). Meanwhile, Image celebrates its 25th anniversary and Spawn’s Anniversary with reprints of Spawn #1 and an array of Spawn variant covers for other titles. Marvel continues their Secret Empire with issue #2 and drops a new Luke Cage #1 and Generation X #1.

It’s never a bad week to be a comic book reader.

 

LET’S RAID THE RACKS!!!

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By: JD Hardin

It’s the best week of the year to be a comic book fan. If you aren’t, now is the time to become one. This Saturday is FREE COMIC BOOK DAY!!!!! That’s right, free comic books. Come see The Nerdery at All Star Comics and Games in Baytown, TX and Dimensions Comics in Seabrook, TX.

It’s an awesome week regardless of FCBD. Marvel is releasing an onslaught of #1’s and Secret Empire drops its #1 as well. DC’s The Button saga continues with Batman #22. 451Media’s Stained has already broken the publisher’s record for pre-orders and stock orders. Having read it, you’re not going to want to miss this amazing title.

Come see the 451Media crew at Comicpalooza NEXT WEEK!!!! (Click the link on the left hand side of the screen to get your tickets!!!)

 

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By:  JD Hardin

It’s NEW COMIC BOOK DAY!!!! There’s alot of great stuff coming out for all of you fiends out there.

All the power with none of the responsibility, Ben Reilly makes his return!!! The second issue in the DC Button series is released (Flash #21)

LET’S RAID THE RACKS!!!

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By: JD Hardin

 

Oh, all this excitement is gonna give me a heart attack. For Houston locals it’s convention season. And we have a lot of cons coming like GoGames360, Comicpalooza, Anime Matsuri, Delta H and so many more. These guys are already announcing guests!!! GoGames is going to be a 40 hour gaming MARATHON!! Robert Englund is going to be at Comicpalooza!! Freddy himself!!! If you’re not excited, you need to check your pulse!

Anyway, IT’S TIME TO RAID THE RACKS!!!

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By: JD Hardin

It’s a relatively sleepy week for readers. What few events that are currently happening, don’t have any direct issues out this week. Cheer up though, Ben Reilly is coming back, Comicpalooza is just around the corner and GoGames360 is almost here!!

Yes, DC will be raising prices on a few titles (full write up coming) but they will be adding digital codes in those books. So I don’t expect a drop in sales. Marvel has been doing just that for years to great success.

I seem to be rambling…………..

Let’s go RAID THE RACKS!!!

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By: JD Hardin

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The extremely popular Phoenix Comicon has been a staple for Arizona comic book fans since 2002 and has always been a place that fans and volunteers feel welcomed. Just like the majority of conventions around the world, people may volunteer to work for free (or paid depending on state labor laws) and be able to attend the convention when they’re not occupied with their duties. However, this year will be different for the Arizona convention. Volunteers will be required to join the Blue Ribbon Army. Memberships range from $20-$100 and DO NOT guarantee that you will be able to volunteer at Phoenix Comicon. This turn of events has hopeful participants up in arms. This is the first time anyone has heard of a volunteer having to pay to volunteer!
Naturally this has caused quite a stir in the convention community.

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