The announcement arrived this week in a Facebook page, but no explanation was provided.
“We’d like to announce El Paso Comic Con is being cancelled indefinitely,” reads the statement. “We’d like to thank everyone who supported us throughout years … the vendors, the guests, the partners, sponsors, the venues, but most importantly the volunteers and the FANS. We couldn’t have done it without you. It has no doubt been a great ride and a life changing experience. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. As we move forward and get back to our interests and the things we love to do – writing, music, publishing, and our professional ventures – we go shaped by this incredible event. Thank you again for coming along and participating in this life long passion. Remember, it’s not a trend but a culture. It’s a way of life.”
As recent controversies surrounding the successful Denver Comic Con and the canceled River-Con illustrate, organizing a comics convention is riddled with potential pitfalls. If you need further evidence, look no further than Julian Lawler, whose El Paso Comic Con has experienced more than its fair share of difficulties.
In a preview of this weekend’s event El Paso in Comics (EPIC), KFOX TV14 runs down the criticisms made against what Lawler characterizes as “the most scrutinized comic con in the country.” There apparently have been “many” instances in which celebrities (most recently Shannon Elizabeth) claim they’ve been wrongly promoted as appearing at the convention, which the organizer attributes largely “agent breakdown communication.”