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Tr!ckster to hold creator-focused event across the street from San Diego Comic Con


Last July, right before the San Diego Comic Con kicked off, a group of creators started planning an alternative to Comic Con International via Facebook and other channels.

“It appeared to us that a dramatic shift was taking place, a move away from individual artists, creators, and comics… There are a number of folks that have decided to bow out this year,” creator Ted Mathot, who creators comics like Rose & Isabel when he isn’t making movies for Pixar, told Brand X last year. He said they hoped to have an alternative to San Diego in 2011.

And now we know exactly what that is — Tr!ckster, a free event that will take place July 19-24 at the San Diego Wine and Culinary Center, which is across Harbor Drive from the San Diego Convention Center. The event will include retail space for creators to sell “creator-owned wares” like “small run and limited edition books, fine art prints, toys, clothing, and more;” a fine art gallery space; and a series of “focused, creator-driven demonstrations and discussions of method, process, and theory concerning the act of creating new, uniquely-voiced works of art.” Each Symposia will be a ticketed event and will feature creators like Mike Mignola, Mike Allred, Steve Niles, Bernie Wrightson, Skottie Young, Jim Mahfood, Scott Morse, Mathot, Derek Thompson, Greg Rucka, Craig Yoe and more. They plan to run two per day.

The group also plans to offer a $20, 48-page hardcover art book at the event, with illustrations by Mathot, Young, Doug TenNapel, Andy Kuhn, David Mack, Mike and Laura Allred, Mike Huddleston and many more, plus an eight-page story by Morse.

For more information on the event, visit their home page or Facebook page.



Fantastic. I love it when the marketplace responds to a real demand. About time folks started capitalizing on Comic Con’s neglect.

Yeah, this list clearly shows that Comic-Con neglects comics. Granted some are authors but you get my point.

Gerry Alanguilan
Garth Ennis
Tsuneo Goda
Mell Lazarus
Jim Lee
David Lloyd
Ethan and Malachai Nicolle
Anders Nilsen
Scott Shaw!
Louise Simonson
Walter Simonson
Sergio Aragonés
Jean Bails
Anina Bennett
Jordi Bernet
Yves “Balak” Bigerel
Joyce Brabner
Patricia Briggs
Chester Brown
Ernie Chan
Jo Chen
Seymour Chwast
Alan Davis
Dick DeBartolo
Tony DeZuniga
Eric Drooker
Mark Evanier
Joyce Farmer
David Finch
Dave Gibbons
Paul Guinan
Kim Harrison
Jonathan Hickman
John Higgins
Charlie Huston
Jamal Igle
Joelle Jones
Sherrilyn Kenyon
Peter Kuper
Richard Kyle
Paul Levitz
Richar A. and Patricia Lupoff
Patrick McDonnell
Rebecca Moesta
Christopher Moore
Grant Morrison
Alex Nino
Jerry Robinson
Bill Schelly
Jeff Smith
Frank Stack
Cameron Stewart
Dave Stewart
J. Michael Straczynski
Mark Tatulli
Roy Thompson
Peter J. Tomasi
Scott Westerfeld
Ashley Wood


Well, “Mark” would’ve known those Special Guests are going to be at SDCC this year… if he only took a break from his usual anti-SDCC spiel and did some research.

I guess ACTUALLY attending Comic-Con and seeing the wealth of Comics-focused content delivered there each year by its CCI organisers— such as this year’s focus on the history of Filipino ‘Komikeros’, and the annual CAC, Evanier and Comics creator “Spotlight” panels— can provide a p.o.v. quite different from that of just mere internet snark?

TR!CKSTER sounds like a great addition to the Comic-Con week; I’ll certainly be checking it out!

What about the other alternatives like TCAF, SPX, Stumptown, MoCCA, MIX, heroes Con, and APE?

There really never was no alternative. There just someplace else with stuff sites like CBR doesn’t cover.

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