Wednesday, July 23, 2014

GENGHIS CON 2014! Same Day! New, Bigger Location! FREE Admission!

Genghis Con 2014 will be held on Sunday, November 30th at the Lake Erie Building - Registration Now Open!

For the past five years on Thanksgiving weekend, Genghis Con has been a touchstone event for comics and independent print media in the North East Ohio region. From Pittsburgh to Columbus to Chicago, the region's most prolific comics creators and zinesters have converged on Cleveland to share their stories and artwork, and help foster an environment for the open dialogue about the nature of comics, storytelling, and the small press print medium. Genghis Con 2014 is primed to be another exceptional year with a couple of major changes to the show.

Big Change #1: Genghis Con is moving! The sixth annual small press and independent comics convention will be held from 2pm-7pm on Sunday, November 30th, 2014 (Thanksgiving weekend) at The Lake Erie Building (AKA: The Screw Factory), 13000 Athens Ave, at the south end of Lakewood, Ohio. This means we'll have a ton of extra space for even more exhibitors.

Big Change #2: We're getting rid of the $5 charge to get in! Genghis Con will now be FREE to all who wish to attend, making it an even better way to spend your post-Thanksgiving Sunday!

We'd like to take this opportunity to thank The Beachland Ballroom for all the support and giving us such a great home to launch Genghis Con and help it develop over the past five years. We encourage everyone to continue to support them, and enjoy all the awesome things The Beachland has to offer!

Those comics and zine makers interested in Exhibiting Genghis Con 2014, please head over to this REGISTRATION FORM.

Moving to a bigger space and making the show free for attendees means we have to make another big change, and so we will be charging a minimal fee for tables this year- $25 for 3', $50 for 6' of space.

We're excited for another amazing year. Help us spread the word and don't forget to register!

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Genghis Con business cards Genghis Con 2014

Announcements soon… stay tuned

Friday, November 29, 2013

Exhibitor News - Cancellations and Additions

Just a quick update - we've had a couple people have to cancel this weekend. Sadly, Ashley Gerst, Stephen Hines and Scott Hall are not going to be able to be there this Sunday.

The good news is that we've added Marc Sumerak, GeekCLE and Daniel McCloskey to the list! Though we'll miss Ashley, Stephen and Scott, there's still tons of great stuff to check out!

Be sure to check out our tumblr for more info on these and all the rest of our fine exhibitors. See you on Sunday!

Waterloo Contruction

As Genghis Con Day approaches, we wanted to let you know ahead of time that Waterloo Road, where the Beachland is located, has been under construction. It's been a long process and unfortunately it will not be finished before this Sunday. So, with that in mind, the best we can all do is just be prepared.

With that in mind, here's what the deal is: Waterloo is currently a one-way street, with the other side torn up and in the process of being rebuilt. After E 156th, all sidestreets off of Waterloo are closed until E 163rd. Luckily, the Beachland parking lot is still accessible to traffic. If the lot is full, there is more parking up the road to your right (across from E 162nd).

Beyond this, you can turn on E 163rd (signs for Waterloo detour) and try for curb-side parking on Trafalgar Ave or elsewhere in the neighborhood. The blocked sidestreets are semi-accessible from Trafalgar if you want to try for parking there. There is also a parking lot behind Arts Collinwood (on the corner of Waterloo and E 156th).

Following this detour will take you back to highway access. If you want to circle around, we recommend turning right onto E 156th from Trafalgar rather than left. If there are any problems, the number for the Beachland is (216) 383-1124.

See you soon!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Two Hand Fools join Genghis Con

Unfortunately All Dinosaurs had to cancel their Genghis Con 2013 performance. A bummer for sure, but we appreciate their support and hope to do something with them in the near future.

The good news is that we were able to get the mighty Two Hand Fools to headline the show! Two Hand Fools has a particular catchy style of heavier punk music, and their steadfast DIY ethic is something that exemplifies what Genghis Con is all about. We're proud to have them joining Uno Lady and Smoke Noises on the bill!

Also wanted to mention to check out the Genghis Con tumblr page. We'll be posting individual links to the exhibitors over there as we lead up to December 1st!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Genghis Con 2013 Exhibitor List!

Here it is*, the official list of exhibitors at this year's Genghis Con (on Sunday, December 1st 2013)!

Stay tuned for updates!

Come out on December 1st and meet everyone face to face, get your favorite comic/zine, or discover something new to be obsessed with!
While you're here, take a look at this poster by Kevin Czapiewski:
Be sure to keep up on the GC tumblr, which is going to run feature spotlights on each exhibitor throughout November. Don't forget about our twitter or facebook either!
* in no particular order

Monday, October 21, 2013


CLEVELAND, OHIO- Now in its 5th year the Small Press Comics Convention, Genghis Con, returns to The Beachland Ballroom (15711 Waterloo Rd, Cleveland, Ohio) on Sunday, December 1st, starting at 2pm. The convention brings the best and the brightest of the region's independent comics scene together for a day of celebrating comics. This year also sees some exciting new additions to the show, including live panel discussions and performances by some of Cleveland's favorite musical acts.

Genghis Con has established the tradition of having a Small Press and Underground Comics Convention in Cleveland on Thanksgiving weekend that showcases the talented artists, writers, and cartoonists drawn from all over rust belt and beyond. The focus has always been, and always will be, on the art and language of comics and visual storytelling, and the print medium.

2013 brings with it a handful of changes to the show to go along with the usual comics and self-published goodness you would expect from Genghis Con. The show this year will be held on Sunday, and doors open to the public at 2pm. During this convention, local podcast Comics Are Go! will be hosting a series of panel discussions that you won't want to miss.

The convention floor closes at 7pm, but that doesn't mean the fun is over. Directly after the main event, the Beachland Ballroom and Tavern will host a concert showcasing Cleveland's diverse musical talents. Performing will be the hard rockers All Dinosaurs, experimental vocalist Uno Lady, and hip hop come-uppers Smoke Noises (Smoke Screen + Ghost Noises).

The Beachland Ballroom is the ideal setting for Genghis Con. Much like The Beachland's role as part of the underground music community, our goal is to provide a venue for our visitors to discover surprising new cartoonist, and foster an environment for an open exchange of artwork, ideas, and dialogues. In addition to Genghis Con, the Beachland does have a Brunch that opens at 11am, and goes until 3pm, then the bar will be open, serving drinks and their regular menu until 11pm.

Admission to Genghis Con is still only $5. Further information, and a growing list of guests and exhibitors will be posted here at as we start to announce this year's exhibitor list. This year's registration is closed, but if you are still interested in exhibiting and want to sign up for the wait list, you can do so HERE.

Small Press Underground Comic Convention
Con opens at  2pm
Show starts at 8pm

Admission is $5.00

Sunday December 1st, 2013
Beachtend Ballroom & Tavern

15711 Waterloo, Cleveland