Comic Book, and ‘Zine Conventions

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Comic Book, and ‘Zine Conventions

There are a large number of comic book conventions happening throughout the year so we pulled together a list so you can find the one(s) near you. The list is organized by region and then alphabetically.

If you’re looking for a list of conventions organized by date, a friend of ours, Franklin Einspruch, created: A Cromulent Calendar of Conventions for the Comics Community.

If we missed any conventions, please leave a comment with the link in the comments section and we’ll update this post.

In the U.S.

Northeast

  1. ARISIA: “New England’s largest and most diverse science fiction and fantasy convention.” New England
  2. Boston Comic Con: Boston, MA
  3. Granite State Comicon: Manchester, NH
  4. The Great Allentown Comic Con: Allentown, PA
  5. Ithacon: Ithaca, NY
  6. Maine Comics Arts Festival (MeCAF): Portland, ME
  7. Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo (M.I.C.E.): “A show dedicated to independent, alternative, small-press and self-published comics, webcomics and ‘zines.” Cambridge, MA
  8. MoCCA Fest: New York, NY
  9. New York Comic Book Marketplace: New York City, NY
  10. New York Comic Con: New York City, NY
  11. Paint and Pixel: “Celebrating illustration online and in print, Paint & Pixel showcases Western New England’s talented book illustrators, comic artists, and cartoonists in one venue.” Northampton, MA
  12. Pittsburgh Comicon: Pittsburgh, PA
  13. Steel City Con: Monroeville, PA
  14. Wizard World (multiple locations): Philadelphia, PA; New York City, NY

South

  1. Baltimore Comic Con: Baltimore, MD
  2. Dallas ComicCon: Dallas, TX
  3. Florida Supercon: “South Florida’s Comic Book, Anime, Animation, Video Game, Fantasy, Sci-Fi and Pop Culture Convention” Miami, FL
  4. Fluke: Athens, GA
  5. Heroes Convention: “…famous for its comics-first and family-friendly atmosphere, where fans can mingle directly with professionals and exhibitors.” Charlotte, NC
  6. MegaCon: Orlando, FL 
  7. Small Press Expo (SPX): “SPX serves as the preeminent showcase for the exhibition of independent comic books and the discovery of new creative talent.” Bethesda, MD
  8. Staple: Austin, TX
  9. Wizard World (multiple locations): New Orleans, LA; Austin, TX

Midwest

  1. Cake: Chicago, IL
  2. Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo: Chicago, IL
  3. MCBA FallCon: Saint Paul, MN
  4. Motor City Comic Con: Novi, MI
  5. Planet Comicon: Overland Park, KS
  6. Space: “S.P.A.C.E. is the midwest’s largest exhibition of small press and creator owned comics.” Columbus, Ohio
  7. Wizard World (multiple locations): Chicago, IL; Columbus, OH

West

  1. Alternative Press Expo“…the country’s largest alternative and independent comics convention, is part of Comic-Con International (CCI), a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to creating awareness of, and appreciation for, comics and related popular art forms.” San Francisco, CA
  2. Comic-Con International: San Diego, CA
  3. Emerald City Comicon:  Seattle, WA
  4. Image Expo: “Celebrating the creative spirit of independence, The Image Comic Expo commemorates the formation of IMAGE COMICS 20 years ago.” Oakland, CA 
  5. Spokane Comicon: Spokane, WA
  6. Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo: Los Angeles, CA
  7. Stumptown Comics Fest“…a festival with the creators as its focus, rather than dealers and work-for-hire publishers.” Portland, OR
  8. WonderCon: “…one of the country’s best comics and pop culture conventions.” Anaheim, CA

Outside the U.S.

  1. Fan Expo: Toronto, ON, Canada
  2. London Super Comic Convention: London, UK
  3. Thought Bubble Festival: UK
  4. Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF): Toronto, ON, Canada
  5. Wizard World Toronto Toronto, ON, Canada
Convention image courtesy of Jason Persse under a Creative Commons License. Hulk and Spider-man photos by edfredned. The Hulk photo was taken in Houston, TX. Spider-man was in Boston, MA.

8 Comments

  1. Eddie Castillo says:

    There are 2 comic cons that are not on your list that Hound Comics are attending.

    The Great Allentown Comic Con in Allentown, PA
    The New York Comic Book Marketplace in NYC NY

  2. Thanks Eddie. I just updated the list to include those two Comic Cons.

  3. Thanks Jim. I added Granite State Comicon to the list.

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  5. There’s a con in Melbourne FL, On September 26th-28th called 80’s in the Park. here’s the link http://80sinthepark.com/otherevents.html

  6. Here’s another one to add:

    Locust Moon Comics Fest in Philadelphia, PA.

    It’s fairly new, but from what I’ve heard it’s supposed to be like “SPXpo in its early days.”

    Nice list though. Thanks for maintaining one! It’s very useful.

  7. Oops forgot to post the URL for Locust Moon.
    Here you go: http://locustmoonfest.com/

    hope that helps.