Pittsburgh has lagged behind other cities in terms of comic book conventions in recent years, but maybe that is finally changing. If you haven't heard, Wizard World recently bought the rights to the Pittsburgh Comic-Con, which will be held this September at the David L. Lawrence convention center in downtown Pittsburgh. There are good things and bad things about Wizard taking over, I suppose, and we'll see what the inaugural event brings later in the year.
I'm more excited about Pittsburgh's independent comic show, PIX, which takes place this year on Saturday, March 28th. This isn't the first year for the show. I heard about it last year after the registration deadline had passed, so I made sure that I got an early jump on it this year. I'm not quite sure what to expect, but the fact that there is a show dedicated specifically to small press and creator-owned comics is something to be pleased about.
The show, which is co-sponsored by the Toonseum, will be held at 10 S. 19th Street in Pittsburgh from 10-5 on Saturday, with programs taking place later that evening, from 7-11pm. Both admission and parking to the event are free!
I'll be there with a few of my new books, including the Naked Man at the Edge of Time mini comic, which hasn't been on sale anywhere before now. I filled out the requisite exhibition form, including information about myself and my publications. I am apparently a raging narcissist as my damn entry is longer by an exponential factor than anyone else's on the list so far:
In case you are wondering, yes, this is embarrassing, and yes, I wish I could change it, but I'm not going to mention it because I don't want to bring more attention to myself (...other than writing a blog about it, I guess).
Some other guests include Carolyn Belefski (Magic Bullet), Rafer Roberts (FUBAR, Black Terror) and Don Simpson (Megaton Man). I'll be interested to meet Simpson for the first time, and a bit nervous about bringing up The Tick with him, but I suppose it had to happen some time.