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Comics A.M.| Inaugural Indiana Comic Con draws 15,000

Indiana Comic Con poster by Joelle Jones

Indiana Comic Con poster by Joelle Jones

Conventions | The inaugural Indiana Comic Con, held over the weekend at the Indianapolis Convention Center, attracted nearly 15,000 attendees, and it sold out on Saturday. Guests included comics creators Joe Eisma, Steve Englehart, Geof Isherwood, Joelle Jones, Don Kramer, Cary Nord and George Perez, and actors Evan Peters, Caity Lotz, Maisie Williams and Daniel Cudmore. [WRTV]

Comics sales | Comics sales in the direct market were down in February for the second time in two months, according to Diamond Comic Distributors. John Jackson Miller runs the numbers: Sales of comics and graphic novels combined are down 10.39 percent from February 2013 in terms of dollars, 14.77 percent in units. Because January sales were also anemic, year-to-date sales are down as well. Still, Miller notes, total dollars are up 3 percent from February 2012. February is traditionally a low month for comic sales, and the number of releases is the lowest in months, with just 692 new products (comics, graphic novels and magazines) being shipped last month. [Comichron]

Conventions | Matthew Price chats with some of the Oklahoma-based creators who were headed to Kansas City, Missouri, for Planet Comicon. [NewsOK]

Kevin Eastman's "Scratch9" variant

Kevin Eastman’s “Scratch9″ variant

Comics | Here’s a big cover reveal: Kevin Eastman, co-creator of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, has drawn a variant for the new series of Rob Worley’s all-ages comic Scratch9. I talked to Worley about the new series as well as the lineup of artists he brought in for future variant covers, which includes Mike Kunkel and Francesco Francavilla. [Good Comics for Kids]

Creators | John Cheves profiles former Batman and Green Lantern writer Denny O’Neil. [Lexington Herald-Leader]

Creators | Roger Stern talks about the upcoming hardcover collection of his Spider-Man stories and hints at a major new project in the works. [Indianapolis Star]

Creators | Mark Bosworth chronicles the life and work of Tove Jansson, whose Moomin books often reflected, in odd ways, what was going on in her real life. [BBC News]

Superheroes | Psychologist Dr. Patrick O’Connor explains superhero therapy, in which he uses comics to help his patients (mainly pre-teen and teenaged boys) talk about what’s going on in their lives: “It’s all about kind of seeing your own story in the stories of others and when it involves superheroes … it makes it that much more engaging.” [CBC]

Museums | Rich Warren pays a visit to the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum at Ohio State University. [Chicago Tribune]

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With the Indiana Comic Con, 15,000 people may have shown up, but the venue only holds 6,000 people. 9,000 people were turned away from the cluster*ck that they ran. Just look at their Facebook page.

They measure it by numbers per day. i heard someone talking with a TV crew. It was 4000 to 5,000 on friday, 6,000 (sell out) on Saturday and then another 4500 or so on sunday. That’s where the figure of 15,000 comes from. I assume the people who came all three days counted as 3, but i’m not sure about that.

I think you misread that article. I wasn’t in Indiana this weekend. I didn’t even know about the convention.

I was happy to see such a large turn out on Saturday, however, it was very disorganized. I could possibly understand had it been the first con ever but as you know it wasn’t. There were a lot of not so happy attendees who couldn’t attend due to lack of organization, lack of structure, and what few “employees” their were available couldn’t help you as they had no idea how. Instead of driving 45 min to attend a con in my home state I think I will stick to Chicago.

My family and I were in that insane crowd on Saturday. Let me say how horribly angry and disappointed I was. Firstly, we drove almost three hours to get to Indy, we were lucky enough to find a place to park ($14.00). Once we got in the convention center we couldn’t find ANY signs about the Comicon. There were no signs, or volunteers or information booths. We wandered around for 15-20 minutes before someone from another convention pointed us in the right way. Once we got to the proper area all I can say is O.M.G. It was unbelieveable how crowded it was. Again, there were NO SIGNS or VOLUNTEERS or an INFORMATION BOOTH or TICKET COUNTER outside the event. There were hundreds of people milling around or thought they were in a line. We started asking people attending where the ticket booth was because there were no volunteers to ask (it was inside the convention) ok. We started asking where the line was for tickets…well some people thought they were in the ticket line, other people thought they were in the line for a panel. The lines weren’t marked or roped off in any way. Did I mention there were no volunteers or Con representatives? We got in the ticket line (finally) and waited, and waited, and waited. Come to find out that they had sold out but didn’t bother making an announcement. There were people who bought their ticket in advance who were even turned away. In over 30 years of going to cons I’ve never, EVER been to something as disorganized and mismanaged as this was. I’ve never been turned away from a con before. As for people saying how I should have planned better, who wants to pay an additional 50% in fees for tickets when they would be cheaper at the door? The entrance and exit to the event was through the same set of double doors. I’ve read where it took over half an hour to get back out to go to lunch, but after they came back they were denied access again. It wasn’t until Saturday night I found out about the company who ran this con. They have other fiascos too. Look into their Tampa con. We have attempted to contact Action3 regarding how terrible the experience was for us but haven’t had any luck with an answer from them. I firmly believe that they should be doing something for the approx 9000+ people who were turned away on Saturday. I won’t be going back and I wouldn’t recommend this outfit to anyone. I’m just glad I didn’t let my kids cosplay like they wanted to.
This wasn’t “their first con” Action3 has been in business for five years or so.

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