Wednesday, October 17, 2012


Genghis Con 2011, November 26th at The Beachland Ballroom

The Small Press Comic Convention, Genghis Con, returns to Cleveland on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, November 24th, 2012, from noon to 6 pm at the Beachland Ballroom at 15711 Waterloo Road Cleveland, OH 44110. This is the fourth year for the convention, which will bring artists, writers, cartoonists, and the best and brightest of the Rust Belt's independent comics scene together for a day of celebrating comics.

For the past three years Genghis Con has worked hard to establish the new tradition of having a Small Press and Alternative Print Media Convention in Cleveland that serves as a showcase and converging point for the talent and craftspeople of the region between Michigan, Western Pennsylvania, and all over Ohio. Focusing on the art and language of comics and visual storytelling has been, and always will be, the priority.

The Beachland Ballroom is the ideal setting for our objective of an open exchange of artwork, narratives, and ideas, as well as to buy, sell, and trade the mostly self-published, independent comics and zines. We are proud to foster an environment for attendees and patrons to be able to meet, chat with, and support their favorite local comic book artists. Much like The Beachland's role as part of the underground music community, our other objective is to provide a venue for our visitors to discover surprising new cartoonist they may not be hip to just yet.

Cleveland is a city steeped in tradition, both as a general rule and with a rich history of comics and storytelling. Genghis Con aims to channel that strength, and continue the legacy by making a contribution to promoting Cleveland as a cultural hot spot and destination for lovers of all things COMICS. Every year, the Saturday after Thanksgiving we'll be at The Beachland doing just that.

Out of consideration for literally everyone, we're keeping the admission price $5.

Further information, and a growing list of guests and exhibitors will be posted here at as we start to fill this year's roster, and book the guests. Genghis Con also has a new tumblr over at!

Anyone interested in exhibiting, please email, space is limited, but it's still available. 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.

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