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Monday, May 14, 2012

SpringCon 2012

This Saturday and Sunday, May 19th and 20th, is the annual SpringCon comic book convention hosted by the Midwest Comic Book Association. Located in the Grandstand on the Minnesota State Fairgrounds, doors open at 10 AM and $11 gets you admission for both days while children 9 and under are free (and get a dollar off admission with a food shelf donation).  

Special guests this year include Fables writer Bill Willingham, Scrooge McDuck artist extraordinaire Don Rosa, and New Mutants artist and co-creator Bob McLeod, whose work we'll be covering in X-aminations in just a few months time. In addition, the Grandstand will be stuffed with creators, dealers and tons of great comic book swag. Panels run throughout both days, and, as always, Sunday afternoon closes out the show with a charity art auction, the best place to buy original art and help out a couple great causes (the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and the Lupus Foundation).

So if you're in the area this weekend or feel like making a trip, come check it out. And if you do, be sure to stop by the creator check-in table at some point and say hi to me and Mrs. Teebore. If you can't make it yourself, be sure to tell your friends.

More details, including the full guest and dealer list as well as the panel schedule, can be found on the MCBA website here.


  1. Have fun, Teebore! I miss going to cons, and mid-to-small-scale cons especially. Nice trio of special guests, too; I've enjoyed all of their work, and I appreciate the diversity among them — Fables is great for hooking non-comics readers, The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck will surprise and captivate any dyed-in-the-wool superhero zombie, and New Mutants is of course a touchstone from my personal Silver Age.

  2. No Phil Hester this year? Boo! He has a commission for me that I have been waiting on. I will see you there regardless though. Looking forward to it!

  3. Will you be doing a post about it so i can hear what i missed?
    And are you working there?

  4. @Blam: Thanks! One of the things we hear a lot at this con from the dealers and creators is how much they appreciate that it's still mainly about comics, as opposed to the larger shows.

    That said, while I've been to a few of the larger Wizard World shows back in the day, I really want to get out to San Diego sometime, just to say that I've been.

    @Phantomas: I've haven't heard anything about Phil's absence. He's quasi-local (Iowa, I believe), but maybe he has another show elsewhere this weekend. See you there!

    @Sarah: Maybe and yes.


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