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Concentrate: This Week in Con News (Wednesday, February 4)

Welcome back to our weekly news feature where we boil down the week’s news from the convention circuit plus share our calendar of the weekend’s upcoming conventions.

broadwayconpreviewpromoThis week: there’s a new con on the block for 2016, and it’s probably not quite what you were expecting. BroadwayCon is exactly what it sounds like: a three-day show all about the Great White Way. Set for January 22 – 24, 2016, the show has yet to announce their special guests but promises panels, workshops, performances, and meet & greets. And tech nerds, rejoice: they will also cover the production & technical aspects of Broadway shows. And like every other great con with humble beginnings, it’s being held in a hotel – the New York Hilton Midtown, to be specific.

The organizers definitely sound fan friendly – with nearly 8,000 followers across their social media accounts already, they’re very responsive to fan questions and suggestions, and they’re even encouraging cosplay. So if the prices don’t scare you off ($125/day or $250/weekend), expect a little competition when tickets finally go on sale March 15.

 

  • The first official Sherlock (BBC) convention has announced its dates and venue: April 24 – 26, 2015, at the ExCel in London.
  • Sean Gordon Murphy says enough is enough to the way creators are treated at some shows, proposes a bill of Creators Rights.  His completely reasonable arguments include not asking guests to work for free, being upfront about scheduling, and putting guests up in not-horrible hotels. Perhaps less reasonable is his request that organizers “invite a group of creators that you know get along, and give them amazing food.” Wouldn’t we all like to spend our working hours noshing with our friends?
  • Wizard World expands into China with dates set (May 30 – June 1) but no city announced, which is no matter, because we all know China is a very small country.
  • First time volunteers got their chance to register for San Diego Comic-Con this week, and things went pretty smoothly (all things considered). Spots filled up in under an hour, which means all volunteer opportunities for Comic-Con 2015 are now filled.

  • WonderCon, SDCC’s Anaheim-based sister show, invited 2014 volunteers with “excellent ratings” to a breakfast mixer at the end of February. WonderCon volunteer registration opens at 9am, Tuesday, February 17.
  • Also in San Diego Comic-Con news, the con put their creative professional attendees on the edge of their seats this week when the annual “prepare for pro registration” email included a long how-to on that old foe of general attendees – the EPIC waiting room. (Recall that SDCC has two pro categories, creative and trade, and that these new systems have only been announced for creative pros.) Creative pros have the option of registering one guest for free and paying for one additional guest badge, while supplies of guest badges last. The last few years have seen quite the rush on those guest badges, resulting in Comic-Con finally making the pros suffer through the same waiting room process the regular folk have been dealing with for two years. Importantly, the waiting room process only applies to pros wishing to register a guest – pros who only need to register themselves can proceed with business as usual once the guest badges are sold out, without ever having to enter a waiting room. Unsurprisingly, a lot of creative pros are very, very displeased with this:

One fan wasn’t having any of it:

 

Check back this weekend for our full preview of next week’s Whovian extravaganza, Gallifrey One!

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What’s Happening This Week (Wednesday, February 4 – Tuesday, February 10)

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