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Subject: Table of Contents Introduction Convention Listings Other Resources Purpose / Charter Credits
Subject: Introduction Welcome to alt.comics.fandom! This is an unmoderated newsgroup. Basically, we're here to talk about comics fans and fandom. This includes going to conventions, meeting other fans, meeting creators, and the like. So please, join in the discussion!
Subject: Convention Listings *** COMIC BOOK CONVENTIONS (listed by month from January to December) Con: Festival International de la Bande Dessinee (Angouleme, FRANCE) URL: http://www.bdangouleme.com/ URL: mailto:b.mouchart@labd.com Day: ?, 2005 Con: VeriCon (Cambridge, MA) URL: http://www.vericon.org/ URL: mailto:conchair@vericon.org Day: January 30 - February 1, 2004; ?, 2005 Con: Alternative Press Expo (San Francisco, CA, USA) URL: http://www.comic-con.org/ URL: mailto:cciweb@nucgen.com Day: February 21-22, 2004; ?, 2005 Con: Toronto ComiCON (Toronto, Ontario, CANADA) URL: http://www.hobbystar.com/ URL: mailto:info@hobbystar.com Day: February 29, 2004; ?, 2005 Con: MegaCon (Orlando, FL, USA) URL: http://www.megaconvention.com/ URL: mailto:info@megaconvention.com Day: March 5-7, 2004; ?, 2005 Con: Austin Collectors Exposition (Austin, TX, USA) URL: http://www.collectorsexpo.com/ URL: mailto:austex23@austin.rr.com Day: March 6-7, 2004; ?, 2005 Con: Chicago Comic Fest (Chicago, IL, USA) URL: http://www.motorcityconventions.com/chicago_comic_fest/ URL: mailto:mailbox@motorcityconventions.com Day: March 13-14, 2004 Con: WizardWorld Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA, USA) URL: http://www.wizarduniverse.com/conventions/la.cfm URL: mailto:customerservice@wizarduniverse.com Day: March 19-21, 2004 Con: AggieCon (College Station, TX, USA) URL: http://aggiecon.tamu.edu/ URL: mailto:cepheid@msc.tamu.edu Day: March 26-28, 2004 Con: Planet Comicon (Overland Park, KS, USA) URL: http://www.planetcomicon.com/ URL: mailto:chris@planetcomicon.com Day: March 27-28, 2004 Con: CoastCon (Biloxi, MI, USA) URL: http://www.coastcon.org/ URL: coastcon@coastcon.org Day: April 2-4, 2004 Con: Small Press & Alternative Comics Expo (Columbus, OH, USA) URL: http://www.backporchcomics.com/space.htm URL: mailto:BackPorchC@aol.com Day: April 3, 2004 Con: The Big Apple Comic Book, Art, & Toy Show (New York, NY, USA) URL: http://www.bigapplecon.com/ URL: mailto:bigapplecon@earthlink.net Day: April 3-4, 2004 Con: Atlanta ComiCon (Atlanta, GA, USA) URL: http://www.atlantacomicon.com/ URL: atlantacomicon@atlantacomicon.com Day: April 16-18, 2004 Con: Pittsburgh Comicon (Monroeville, PA, USA) URL: http://www.pittsburghcomicon.com/ URL: mailto:pcomicon@nb.net Day: April 30 - May 2, 2004 Con: WonderCon (San Francisco, CA, USA) URL: http://www.wondercon.com/ URL: mailto:cciweb@nucgen.com Day: April 30 - May 2, 2004 Con: Toronto ComiCON (Toronto, Ontario, CANADA) URL: http://www.hobbystar.com/ URL: mailto:info@hobbystar.com Day: May 2, 2004 Con: The Big Apple Comic Book, Art, & Toy Show (New York, NY, USA) URL: http://www.bigapplecon.com/ URL: mailto:bigapplecon@earthlink.net Day: May 2-3, 2003 ; ?, 2004 Con: Motor City Comic Con (Novi, MI, USA) URL: http://www.motorcityconventions.com/motor_city_comic_con/ URL: mailto:info@motorcitycomics.com Day: May 14-16, 2004 Con: WizardWorld Philly (East) (Philadelphia, PA, USA) URL: http://www.wizarduniverse.com/conventions/philly.cfm URL: mailto:customerservice@wizarduniverse.com Day: May 21-23, 2004 Con: Comics Festival (Bristol, UK) URL: http://www.sitsvac.org/C2001.html URL: mailto:kevf@sitsvac.org Day: May 29-30, 2004 Con: Canadian Anthro and Cartooning Expo (Ottowa, Ontario, CANADA) URL: http://www.c-ace.org/ URL: mailto:cacexpo@c-ace.org Day: June 4-6, 2004 Con: Adventure Con (Knoxville, TN, USA) URL: http://toyshow.org/ URL: mailto:info@toyshow.org Day: June 5-6, 2004 Con: Kansas City Comicon (Kansas City, KS, USA) URL: http://kansascitycomicon.com/ URL: mailto:yrogerg@ukans.edu Day: June 5-6, 2004 Con: Heroes Con (Charlotte, NC, USA) URL: http://www.heroesonline.com/ URL: mailto:shelton@heroesonline.com Day: June 11-13, 2004 Con: Toronto Comicon (Toronto, ON, CANADA) URL: http://www.hersheycomicon.com/ URL: mailto:hersheycomicon@netrax.net Day: June 18-20, 2004 Con: MOCCA Art Festival (New York, NY, USA) URL: http://www.moccany.org/events.html URL: MOCCAaf@aol.com Day: June 26-27, 2004 Con: Comic-Con International (San Diego, CA, USA) URL: http://www.comic-con.org/ URL: mailto:cciweb@nucgen.com Day: July 22-25, 2004 Con: Austin Collectors Exposition (Austin, TX, USA) URL: http://www.collectorsexpo.com/ URL: mailto:austex23@austin.rr.com Day: July 24-25, 2004 Con: The Big Apple Comic Book, Art, & Toy Show (New York, NY, USA) URL: http://www.bigapplecon.com/ URL: mailto:bigapplecon@earthlink.net Day: August 8, 2004 Con: Wizard World Chicago (Rosemont, IL, USA) URL: http://www.wizarduniverse.com/conventions/chicago.cfm URL: mailto:customerservice@wizarduniverse.com Day: August 13-15, 2004 Con: Canadian National Comic Book Expo (Montreal, Quebec, CANADA) Con: Canadian National Science Fiction Expo Con: Canadian National Anime Expo URL: http://www.hobbystar.com/ URL: mailto:info@hobbystar.com Day: August 27-29, 2004 Con: Dragon*Con (Atlanta, GA, USA) URL: http://www.dragoncon.org/ URL: mailto:dragoncon@dragoncon.org Day: September 3-6, 2004 Con: Baltimore Comic-Con (Baltimore, MD, USA) URL: http://www.comicon.com/baltimore/ URL: mailto:cardscomicscollectibles@yahoo.com Day: September 11-12, 2004 Con: The Big Apple Comic Book, Art, & Toy Show (New York, NY, USA) URL: http://www.bigapplecon.com/ URL: mailto:bigapplecon@earthlink.net Day: September 18-19, 2004 Con: SPX: The Expo (Bethesda, MD, USA) URL: http://www.spxpo.com/ URL: mailto:greg@dm.net Day: October 1-3, 2004 Con: AdventureCon Toy/Comic Convention (Gatlinburg, TN, USA) URL: http://www.adventurecon.com/ URL: no email listed Day: October 3-5, 2003; ?, 2004 Con: FallCon (St. Paul, MN, USA) URL: http://www.mncba.com/ URL: mailto:mncba@aol.com Day: October 4-5, 2003; ?, 2004 Con: Motor City Comic Con (Novi, MI, USA) URL: http://www.motorcityconventions.com/motor_city_comic_con/ URL: mailto:info@motorcitycomics.com Day: October 18-19, 2003; ?, 2004 Con: Toronto ComiCON (Toronto, Ontario, CANADA) URL: http://www.hobbystar.com/ URL: mailto:info@hobbystar.com Day: October 19, 2003; ?, 2004 Con: BatCon (Plano, TX, USA) URL: http://www.scifiexpo.com/ URL: mailto:ben@hollywoodexpo.com Day: October 23-24, 2004 Con: Comic Festival London (London, UK) URL: http://www.sitsvac.org/C2001.html URL: mailto:kevf@sitsvac.org Day: November 1, 2003; ?, 2004 Con: Wizard World Texas (Arlington, TX, USA) URL: http://www.wizarduniverse.com/conventions/texas.cfm URL: mailto:customerservice@wizarduniverse.com Day: November 5-7, 2004 Con: Austin Collectors Exposition (Austin, TX, USA) URL: http://www.collectorsexpo.com/ URL: mailto:austex23@austin.rr.com Day: November 6-7, 2004 Con: Toronto Comicon (Toronto, Ontario, CANADA) URL: http://www.torontocomicon.com/ URL: mailto:info@torontocomicon.com Day: November 7-9, 2003; ?, 2004 Con: Canadian National Comic Book Expo (Montreal, Quebec, CANADA) URL: http://www.hobbystar.com/ URL: mailto:info@hobbystar.com Day: November 14-16, 2003; ?, 2004 Con: CoastCon Jr. (Biloxi, MI, USA) URL: http://www.coastcon.org/CCJR/index.html URL: coastcon@coastcon.org Day: November 15-16, 2003; ?, 2004 Con: National Comic Book, Comic Art, and Fantasy Convention (New York, NY, USA) URL: http://www.bigapplecon.com/ URL: mailto:bigapplecon@earthlink.net Day: November 19-21, 2004 Con: Kansas City Comicon (Kansas City, KS, USA) URL: http://kansascitycomicon.com/ URL: mailto:yrogerg@ukans.edu Day: November 20-21, 2004 Con: Mid-Ohio-Con (Columbus, OH, USA) URL: http://www.midohiocon.com/ URL: mailto:info@midohiocon.com Day: November 27-28, 2004 Con: The Big Apple Comic Book, Art, & Toy Show (New York, NY, USA) URL: http://www.bigapplecon.com/ URL: mailto:bigapplecon@earthlink.net Day: December 6, 2003; ?, 2004
Subject: Other Resources *** COMIC BOOK CONVENTIONS.COM URL: http://www.comicbookconventions.com/ Brian Pate's site provides updates on major and local comic book conventions, plus associated toy, science fiction, and pop culture shows. LOTS more links than what I've got here. *** ONLINE COMICON URL: http://www.comicon.com/ This site, crafted by Rick Veitch and Steve Conley, approximates a real comics convention. Visit small press areas, pro areas, and the like. *** COMIC CONVENTION SURVIVAL GUIDE URL: http://www.geocities.com/TimesSquare/Dungeon/1300/conguide.htm This guide is basically a few posts from a newsgroup thread, but the information is still good. If you've never been to a convention, it's a must-read. By Michael R. Grabois. *** COMIC BOOK PROFESSIONAL EMAIL ADDRESSES URL: http://www.indyworld.com/comics/pro.html A very complete list of email addresses (with a few links to web pages) put together by the people at indy Magazine. Includes a few titles with which each creator is best associated. By Jeff Mason. *** COMICS CREATORS ON THE NET URL: http://www.hoboes.com/html/Comics/Creators.html Actually a collection of pages. Links to creators on the web, comics companies on the web, and to reviews and interviews. Nicely organized! By Jerry Stratton. *** COMICS PRO BIRTHDAYS URL: http://www.digitalwebbing.com/ The folks at Digital Webbing post a list of pro birthdays every day. Pretty cool site overall. Check it out! *** OTHER RAC.* COMICS FAQS (LIST) URL: http://users.rcn.com/kateshort/faqs/ The rac.* FAQs (posted to rec.arts.comics.info and rec.arts.comics.misc) have important information for any comics fan. Checking them out is never a bad idea. (rac.* stands for rec.arts.comics.* -- the "big sister" of the alt.comics.* hierarchy.)
Subject: Purpose / Charter For your newsgroups file: alt.comics.fandom Fans and fandom of comics and sequential art. CHARTER: alt.comics.fandom The following topics will be welcomed for discussion: Conventions and special events Pro appearances Parties, meetings, dinners, and get-togethers Fan clubs and organizations Fan letters and letterhacks Fan behavior APAs and fanzines In addition, alt.comics.fandom will provide a forum for discussion of material of general interest to fandom but not directly relevant to the comics field. Milestones like births and weddings of pros and fans are appropriate. The following topics/posts are generally not welcome on alt.comics.fandom: Binary postings (use one of the alt.binaries.* groups) Unrelated advertisements Flames and insults Material of interest only to the poster and/or another very small group of specific posters should be left in e-mail and IRC. Posts which actually discuss comics or comic books should be crossposted to the appropriate rec.arts.comics.* or alt.comics.* (or related) newsgroup, with followups set out of alt.comics.fandom. In addition to the above charter, it should be noted that this is NOT a place to sell comic books. Please take those posts to the newsgroup rec.arts.comics.marketplace.
Subject: Credits The Welcome Keeper would like to thank: * Aardy R. DeVarque for critiquing everything under the sun for me, * and all the RAC'ers and AC'ers who make this a welcome place. Copyright 1995-2004 by Katharine E. Hahn SEND ADDITIONS / CHANGES / DEAD LINKS / MOVED LINKS / UPDATES TO: Kate the Short, racmx@yahoo.com (mailto:racmx@yahoo.com) -- Kate the Short * http://users.rcn.com/kateshort/

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