Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Covid Safety Plan for September 12 Comicon

 Just wanted to send out an update for the September 12 Comicon and let you know where we are with the safety plan. The con is taking place a day before vaccination passports are required, so I guess that’s something to look at for November. There are a couple things that I need to confirm/walk through with Heritage Hall when I’m at the building next week; I’ll list them here with that caveat. Our safety plan was created with the guidelines and restrictions provided by the province’s Phase 3 reopening stage. (If we had moved to Phase 4, the only thing that would have changed is the number of people in the room at any given time.)
 

  • Everybody in the big room needs to be wearing a mask. The mask has to cover your lower face and nose. If you don’t have a mask, we will have paper masks available at the front door. Because they’re at the show all day, the dealers and creators have been told they can remove their masks if they’re sitting behind plexiglass shields or behind the table far enough where they’re comfortable doing so, but if they walk out in front of the tables, they need to have a mask on.
 
  • We are allowed a maximum of 100 people in the room at any given time. This includes the dealers and artists. What this means for you is we’re still stamping your hands, but if you leave the building, you may have to wait in line to get back in. Along with this, we’re probably going to change up the order we let people enter the room and focus on letting families in first because they don’t generally stay for most of the day.
 
  • We’re avoiding doing door prizes this show, because of social distancing, and we don’t really want people hanging around all day (or if you leave and try to come back in time and get stuck in a lineup outside) to win some graphic novels, so we’re going to be giving out free comics to all kids under 14, and, while supplies last, all paid attendees will get a copy of King Spawn #1.
 
  • I still need to confirm this, but the Hall will have hand sanitizer stations around the room, and someone to keep the washrooms and high-touch areas cleaned throughout the day.
 
  • This also still needs to be confirmed, but the plan is to have everyone enter through the usual lobby side door area (and there will be tape on the floor and sidewalk outside to help with distancing) and exit through the front centre doors in the room. The latter currently have wood panelling covering them, as work on the building continues. If we can’t use the centre doors, exit will be through the lobby as usual.
 
If you have questions about any of this, feel free to email me at lswong@uniserve.com
 
Thanks, and I hope to see you at the show!

Thursday, July 22, 2021

September 2021

Happy to announce that we're back at Heritage Hall (3102 Main St), starting on September 12. Guests are Ken Steacy, Joan Steacy, Simon Roy, Randy Stone, John Ward, and Soaring Penguin Press. Show hours are 11AM - 5PM, and admission is $5, with kids under 14 getting in for free.

Following current provincial guidelines, we are requesting that all show attendees be masked while in the Hall, for everyone's safety. (We will have masks at the door.) There may be a limit to the number of people allowed in the room at any given time. Hand cleaning stations will be available in the building, and there will be ongoing cleaning of the washrooms and high contact areas throughout the day. Current plan is to use one door for entry and another for exit.

Finally, the Hall is still undergoing roof replacement and seismic upgrades. This doesn't affect the room we use, but the exterior of the building is surrounded by wood and scaffolding, and the roof is under a white cover. The construction probably won't be completed by Sept 12, so this is just a heads up for when you arrive.

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Starting back up...

 

Things are coming together and at the point where I can announce that Vancouver Comicon will be returning to Heritage Hall on Sunday, September 12. Guests will be announced soon; we’re sticking with BC-based creators for this first show back.

 

A COVID Safety Plan is still being finalized (apparently the government may change things again at the start of September), but we are currently planning on setting up one door for entry and another for exit, hand cleaning stations, and ongoing cleaning of the washrooms. All attendees must wear a mask when in the Hall.

 

The Hall is still undergoing seismic upgrades and roof replacement, and the building will most likely still be under wraps and look like a construction site in September.

 

Currently, we’re taking bookings for creator and publisher spaces. Dealer spaces will open up when the guest announcement is made. If you’re a creator or small-press publisher and want to book space, email lswong@uniserve.com for information.


 

Sunday, December 6, 2020

December 2020 Update

As we finally approach the end of 2020, it’s probably time to update things here. Show dates for 2021 are booked, but until we can have events again, there’s no point in announcing any of them. 

I’m hoping things can start up in the last half of 2021, but we’ll see. In the meantime, in the spirit of buying local, here’s a list of some of the folks who’ve been selling at the shows on a regular basis. 

Allen Coccola is selling on eBay as al-and-son, specializing in Promo and Chase non-sports cards. Contact directly at acoccola@shaw.ca for info on sets and single cards. 100,000 plus cards in stock. 

Dave Hutchcroft/Second Story Books and Comics is located in Victoria, BC. Golden/Silver Age to Modern Age (new) issues, including graphic novels, miniseries or series sets, vintage paperbacks. Text requests to 250-516-8445 or email dahutchcroft@telus.net. All major comic publishers including Marvel, DC, Vertigo, Image, IDW, BOOM, and Oni. 

Chad Stewart/Jigglypig Comics has over 100,000 comics in inventory. Good selection of CGC books. Email your want list to him at chadispureevil@hotmail.com, or check out his website, https://jigglypig-comics.myshopify.com/ 

The Comic Legends Legal Defense Fund is selling a variety of signed and sketched in/on trades and comics. Money raised goes to help comic retailers needing legal assistance or financial aid due to Covid. List of items in stock available here: http://www.clldf.ca/shop/ 

Nifty Keen Stuff isn’t online, but they invite you to visit them at 102 - 736 E Broadway. Current hours are Thursday and Saturday: noon to 5PM; Friday: noon to 6PM. They have comics and graphic novels as well as toys and action figures (new and used), mostly from the 1990's and earlier. They also carry CDs, cassette tapes, DVDs, VHS tapes, and a variety of small household items.

Saturday, March 14, 2020

2020 Show dates

Apologies for the delay; here are the planned dates for the rest of the year:

May 3
July 12
September 13
November 8

Friday, March 13, 2020

Pardon the dust

We're moving servers and updating the site. We should be back and running before you know it.

Covid Safety Plan for September 12 Comicon

 Just wanted to send out an update for the September 12 Comicon and let you know where we are with the safety plan. The con is taking place...