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Academic Conferences

AggieCon is the oldest student-run convention in the US. Held annually at Texas A&M University's Memorial Student Center, it has grown to become one of the largest conventions in Texas.

A Calgary Comic and Toy Convention featuring two shows a year, spring and fall, promoting the awareness of comics as entertainment. We are going to produce a two day show next year during the Calgary Stampede. Millions of vistors come from all over the world to be in Calgary for the Stampede. We hope you join us.

Anime Expo is the largest convention devoted to Japanese animation and manga (comics) in the United States. Hosted by the Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation. Expo 2001 will be held at the Long Beach Convention Center, July 5 - 8, 2001

Held annually in conjunction with the San Diego International Comic Con

The Small Press and Alternative Comics Expo 5th Big Year! The Midwest's Largest Exhibition of Small Press, Alternative and Creator-Owned Comics. Over 160 Exhibitors!! Special Guests: Dave Sim and Gerhard Dave and Ger's first appearance after the completion of their 300 issue 26 year run on Cerebus Saturday April 3, 2004 10 AM to 6PM New Location! Free Parking! Free shuttle from the Airport! Holiday Inn Columbus East I70 East of down town at the Hamilton Rd. exit (exit 107A) Columbus, Ohio Admission $4.00 Go to www.backporchcomics.com for more info on our exhibitors, programs and the comics which will premier at SPACE For hotel reservation go to www.hicolumbuseast.com enter group booking code "ACE" or call (614)- 868-1380 (Tell them you're coming to SPACE for rate) Do it today!

The Baltimore Science Fiction Society Presents


Maryland's Regional Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention

More fun than skydiving in a kilt!

Memorial Weekend May 24 - 27, 2002

Baltimore Comic-Con
Sunday October 28, 2001
JIM STERANKO HEADLINES BALTIMORE COMIC-CON Legendary creator Jim Steranko headlines an all-star line-up of guests for the second annual Baltimore Comic-Con, Sunday, October 28, 2001 at the Sheraton Baltimore North in Towson, Maryland. Adam Hughes, Matt Wagner and Gray Morrow join the impressive roster of returning guests such as George Perez, Murphy Anderson, Frank Cho, Michael Avon Oeming, John K. Snyder III, Mark Wheatley, Marc Hempel, ALEX SIMMONS, Steve Conley and Marty Bauman . Joseph Michael Linsner headlines the Small Press Extra, itself another recent addition to the Baltimore Comic-Con line-up. Small press creators who lost their most important venue of the year can now join Linsner and dozens of others this year at the Baltimore Comic-Con.

A long line up of guests from the worlds of television and the movies, comics, animation, wrestling plus contests, tournaments, film, giveaways...

Welcome to the website of Big Apple Comic Conventions. This weekend, Saturday only January 19, NYCITY

"A pop culture mardi gras"

Annual show held in Dallas TX featuring vintage character toys, comics, BLBs, premiums, toy soldiers, movie posters, children's books and other great treasures from the past.

Formally the Alberta Comic Collector's Association, the new show features a bigger venue, and more guests!

The Calgary Comic & Toy Expo a yearly event held at McMahon Stadium in the Red & White Club. There are usually 6 - 10 comic related guests, dealers, and an artist alley for small press.

August 27-29, 2004 Toronto, Ontario, Canada Metro Toronto Convention Centre North Building 255 Front St. West Guests: TBA www.canadiannationalexpo.com

The largest cartoon-related research facility in the United States.

Current holdings include more than 370,000 graphic materials, including 240,000 original cartoons; more than 20,000 books; more than 13,000 serial titles; and more than 2,800 linear feet of manuscript materials. The papers of Milton Caniff, the Walt Kelly Collection, the Robert Roy Metz Collection, the Woody Gelman Collection of Winsor McCay cartoons, and the Will Eisner Collection are the most notable cartoon art collections. Archival collections related to the profession of cartooning include the records of or the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists, the National Cartoonists Society, and the Newspaper Features Council, as well as extensive files on more than 3,000 cartoonists; and the library also maintains a clipping file organized by cartoon-related topics.

Annual World Science Fiction Convention

Annual collectible toy and comic book shows in Ohio.

The biggest event of its kind in North America, Comic-Con International is THE place for fans of comic books, movie memorabilia, action figures and all things related to pop-culture. Held every year in San Diego, CA, Comic-Con International features the largest gathering of comic book publishers, creators and professionals of any convention or event of its kind anywhere!

Comic-Con International: San Diego isn't just about comic books, though. Exhibitors at Comic-Con International: San Diego include television and movie studios previewing their new projects and offering a chance for you to meet, and get autographs from, your favorite media stars in an atmosphere and setting unseen and unmatched by any other event anywhere!

Comic-Fest! is an annual convention held in Sydney, Australia. All the info you need is found right here - about what's happening and who the guests are.

Terrific on line convention featuring creators booths, chat rooms, auctions and news

Comics 2002 takes place May 31 - June 2 at a brand new venue, The Empire & Commonwealth Museum in Bristol, with further events across the city in the preceding week.

Canada's first Harry Potter conference for grownups, being held in Ottawa, Ontario from July 30 - August 2, 2004. Join other HP fans in celebrating the works of J.K. Rowling. Guest speakers - Dr. Judith Robertson of the University of Ottawa and Steve Van der Ark, creator of the Harry Potter Lexicon.

The Metropolitan Centre, Downtown Calgary.August 9 - 11, 2002
Guests include: George RR Martin, Geoffrey Landis, James Alan Gardner, Robert J. Sawyer and Lar deSouza

Art show and sale! Short story contest (deadline April 1st 2002)

Dragon*Con 2002, America's largest annual convention for fans of science fiction, fantasy and horror, comics and art, games and computers, animation, science, music, television and films, will be held August 30-September 2, Friday - Monday

Britains official 2000 AD Convention.

International Festival of Humor and Satire including exhibitions and contests. Current exhibit features work by Cuban cartoonist Alen Lauzan.
Site available in both Italian and English.

British Fantasy Society annual convention

Held in Helsinki, Finland

Held annually in Stony Brook NY, billed as the Northeast's largest convention of science-fiction, fact and fantasy.
April 19 - 21, 2002

Virginia Beach, VA hosts this comic, sci-fi, horror and toy convention.

ICAF, the International Comic Arts Festival is an international summit at which artists, editors, scholars, curators and anyone with a passion for comics can meet and share ideas. The format allows for both formal and informal lectures, chalk talks and roundtable discussions. ICAF is the foremost annual gathering of comics scholars, critics and historians in the world.

Announcing Washington, DC’s 7th Annual


SEPTEMBER 5-7, 2002

(9am-9pm daily)

Sept. 5 – Intercultural Center (ICC), Georgetown University

Sept. 6 & 7 – The Holiday Inn Select, Bethesda, Maryland (in conjunction with SPX 2002)


WHAT IS ICAF? A symposium on comic art, hosted partly by the Georgetown University Department of French and partly by SPX 2002, with support from embassies and cultural organizations in the Washington, DC area and worldwide. ICAF was launched in 1995.

WHAT GOES ON AT ICAF? A diverse program of events, including lectures, talks by distinguished artists, roundtables, and social gatherings. All ICAF events are related to the history, aesthetics, and critical reception of comic art.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND ICAF? Anyone interested in comics. ICAF events are free and open to the public.

IS ICAF A COMIC BOOK CONVENTION? No, though part of it takes place at one (SPX - see below). Noncommercial in character, ICAF is unique in its dedication to bringing together scholars, comics creators and fans from around the world.

WHAT GUESTS ARE ON TAP FOR ICAF 2002? Besides our usual full docket of academic presenters, this year’s invited guests include: artists Thomas Ott (Switzerland), Willem (Netherlands/France), Blutch (France) and Ulf K (Germany); featured scholars Roger Sabin (U.K.), Sabine Witkowski (Switzerland) and John Lent (USA); and a panel of up-and-coming American talents. (All guest commitments are tentative as of this writing.)

WHAT IS SPX 2002? America's foremost convention for independent comics. Artists and publishers exhibit at SPX and often take part in ICAF events. (Though ICAF itself is free, there is a small entrance fee for SPX.) For more on SPX, visit .

Enormous, fabulous convention held annually with international attendees

Kansas City's oldest comic book convention. Bringing fans and creators together since 1983.

October 31, Nov 1+2 2003. The Las Vegas Comic Con will be held in the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino. This is a multi-media event.

longest running monthly con in the United States

Orlando,Florida hosts annual comic book, gaming, sci-fi and multimedia Con

The Mighty Mini-Con is upstate New York's mightiest comic book convention offering a variety of guests and vendors presenting the very best of sequentially art driven creations.

The purpose of the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art will be the collection, preservation, study, education, and display of comic and cartoon art. Every genre of the art will be represented: animation, anime, cartoons, comic books, comic strips, gag cartoons, humorous illustration, illustration, political illustration, editorial cartoons, caricature, graphic novels, sports cartoons, and computer-generated art. Further, the museum's rigid collection policy ensures that the art collections will be maintained in an environment of the highest integrity.

November 14-16, 2003 Montreal Science Fiction/Anime/Comic Expo Montreal, Quebec, Canada Palais des Congres de Montreal 201 avenue Viger Ouest Guests: Marina Sirtis, Ethan Phillips, Peter Mayhew, Leni Parker, Kirby Morrow, plus more www.hobbystar.com

Well organized annual event, host of the Harvey Awards.
Make your plans for Pittsburgh Comicon 2002 Bigger, Bolder & Better April 26, 27 and 28, 2002 Pittsburgh Expomart, Monroeville, PA $15.00 per Day $35.00 3-Day Pass

Pennsylvania's Largest Toy Show. Over 450 dealer tables of new and vintage toys, Golden, silver and modern age comic books, anime, manga, sci-fi/horror and much more.

Held annually in Kansas City, Kansas

Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror comes to Richmond again with RavenCon 2007 April 20-22, 2007, a weekend celebrating the genres of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror. (And as we're playing the Edgar Allan Poe angle, ao we're Mystery friendly, too!) Join our guests for panel discussions, readings, koffee klatches with authors, and workshops that can only happen at RavenCon! There''ll be a costume masqurade too, along with Luna-C, a Con Suite and gaming and more.

Guest of Honor: Jim Steranko! Also Featured Guests: Rich Buckler, Buzz, Chuck Dixon, Al Feldstein, Mickael W. Kaluta, Marty Nodell, Andy Lee, David Mack, Tim Seeley, Beau Smith, Billy Tucci and small press; Digital Webbing, Shooting Star Comics, Comic Creators Network and CGC will be attending this year show! Al Feldstein will have a slid show of EC Comics and Rich Buckler-How to draw comics! Also: Anime movie room and Gamers Tourney and a whole lot more! See you there!

Connecticut hosts this annual fantasy and gaming con. Editors Note:The con is coordinated/run by WAP Museum Members.

An Exhibition of small press, alternative and creator-owned comics. April 20, 2002 at the Rhodes Center of the Ohio Expo Center Columbus Ohio. Over 60 exhibitors expected.

Fun, annual, small press gathering in Bethesda, Maryland.

The SEKGG is the home of over 100 people in the regional SE kansas, SW Missouri, NE Oklahoma, and NW Arkansas area.

In addition, the SEKGG hosts an annual game convention called Gorilla Con.

Santa Clara, California
November 18, 2001

The Bay Area's Funnest one day Comic Book and Fantasy Convention. Always Great Guests and always fun.

The Big Apple Con is NYC's largest and most diverse comic convention: where creators and comics meet. Five great shows a year.

For over a year now every last Wednesday of the month Comix artists & Illustrators from all over Montréal meet to take part in the collaborative narrative art form called a COMIX JAM (also spelled Comic Jam). Much like free jazz or the surrealists Exquisite Corpse the jams provide an opportunity for an artist to flex their creative muscles in ways they otherwise couldn't. Jams sharpen the storytellers mind, hone problem solving skills, refine the imagination and give rise to innovation. The Jams have a long history and tradition in Montréal, going back more than 10 years cartoonists and doodles have been darkening the corners of Cafes, Bars and living rooms, in clumps of three or more, stooping over pages pens in hand. The pages from the monthly jams are available in a monthly zine and online at our site - http://www.grenadinerecords.com/jam or http://montreal.comixjam.org

monthly Jams have also taken root in Ottawa, Toronto, San Francisco & New York.

http://eaosa.ottawa.com/events/events.html http://www.torontocomicjam.com/ http://www.houseoftwelve.com/jam/

Toronto, Canada's only semi-annual event devoted to comics. Held in the fall and spring of each year. Many industry guests, artist alley, large dealer room, panels and charity art auction.

TrinityCon is a celebration of comics, gaming, and anime based near Detroit, Michigan. We gather in early october and enjoy several days of gaming, movie screening, vendors, art, and parties!

UK's Official Comic Festival Site. 100's of special guests. Workshops, talks, portfolio sessions. Charity art auction.

November 23 - 25, 2001 Dallas, Texas

Website celebrating one of the most popular Science Fiction, Fantasy, Literary, Media, Comics & Gaming Conventions in Missouri.

Super-heroes, villians, and politicians, the Washington DC Comic-Con has it all. The Washington DC Comic-Con is a regular recurring comic book convention in the heart of our Nation's capital.

The gathering of the Feminist SF Community.
Madison, Wisconsin
WisCon 25 will gather together guests of honor Élisabeth Vonarburg, Nancy Kress and many other invited writers, editors, publishers, scholars, artists, women, and men from around the world to discuss science fiction and fantasy, with a emphasis on issues of feminism, gender, race, and class.

Pennsylvania's Largest Toy Show! Over 450 tables of Toys, Comic Books, Anime, Gaming, Action Figures, Sci-Fi/Horror and much, much more!


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