The Small Press Comic Convention, Genghis Con, returns to Cleveland on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, November 26th, 2011, from noon to 6 pm at the Beachland Ballroom at 15711 Waterloo Road Cleveland, OH 44110. This is the third year for the convention, which will draw artists, writers, cartoonists, and many other independent comics champions from all over the Mid-West and beyond.
In November of 2009, the founders of Genghis Con set out to establish a Small Press and Alternative Print Media Convention in Cleveland that served as a showcase and converging point for the talent and craftspeople of the region that exists between Michigan, Western Pennsylvania, and all over Ohio. Focusing on the art and language of comics and visual storytelling was the priority. What happened at The Beachland Ballroom that Thanksgiving weekend was a raging success, and everyone that came, exhibitors and attendees alike, had a great time.
In 2010, Genghis Con proved that the success of the debut event wasn't a fluke. Again, people came from all over the map to meet at The Beachland and engage each other with an open exchange of artwork, narratives, and ideas, as well as to sell, buy, and trade the mostly self-published, independent comics and zines, as well as other forms of print media and artwork, that were the focus of the afternoon.
This November, in 2011, for the third year the Genghis Con organizers are excited and committed to repeating all the things that made the first two conventions so successful, but there are some plans in motion for making this year the best Genghis Con yet. At this point, the objective of the organizers is to continue this convention as an annual tradition for the city of Cleveland so that everyone knows that every Thanksgiving weekend, every year, Genghis Con will be happening. Keep an eye on thegenghiscon.com for further announcements as they start to roll out leading up to November 26th.
Further information, and a growing list of guests and exhibitors will be posted as we start to fill this year's roster, and book the guests.
Anyone interested in exhibiting, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, space is limited, but it's still early (as of this posting). We're mostly focused on independent, DIY, alternative comics and cartoonists that do graphic narratives and sequential art, but we're also open to writers, printmakers, zinesters, small press publishers, and practitioners of other forms of independent print media. The show is All Ages and family friendly, so please keep that in mind.