The Omaha Comic Book Convention is moving from the best Western where we had our convention in March 2013. Although the room at the Best Western was nice and the hotel staff good to work with, several dealers (myself among them) had problems getting stuff into the basement room due to the size of the elevator. (The carts used to bring comics into the building would not fit). The new venue is the Comfort Inn & Suites Omaha Central. This is located at 7007 Grover St . This is right off of I-80 at the 72nd St EXIT 449. If this seems familar it on the other side of 72nd street from the Omaha Executive Inn and Suites where the convention was held up until last November. In case you are wonering, the building has been sold and the hotel closed.
If you have visited the website in the past you may have noticed that a few things have changed in the past month or so. The most obvious being that the picture of kids (or fans) sittig on the floor reading comics is no longer on the landing page. Instead you will fin a comic book cover. This changes every so often so next time you visit the website there is a very good chance there will be a different cover for you to enjoy! At this point most of them are covers that I thought are cool. If you have one you like send it to me and chances are unless it is the size of a postage stamp I will post! So far I have up one collector's favourite cover as well as a "Personal Favorite" (sic) of a dealer who sets up at many conventions! Most of the covers are also from older books. I beleive that older covers had to have something to draw you to them so the reader would see the cover and buy it. In the past 20 years or so most people who buy comics have their comic shop hold comics for them as they come in and will get X-Men or Superman or Archie each monh regardless of what is on the cover. This the need to sensationalise the story (or even make up something that does not occur in the book) is diminished!
If you long to see the old pics of sitting on the floor reading comics they have been moved to the wantlist page. You are welcome to submit to me lists of comics you are looking for. Not a lot of people do this, some that have have been rewarded with delaers bringing comics they are after whihc they would not have otherwise brought.
Do to questions about dealer rules and how to sell your comics at the convention I have created a page with such stuff HERE
Lots of dates for 2013 have been added, as you may have noticed when you check the schedule page! At this point all of the cons for Green Bay, Fort Wayne, South Bend and Springfield for 2013 are on the schedule. Most events through the summer have already been scheduled although it is hard to think about summer when many of us are still seeing snow.
Jim has given the dates for all four shows for Gurnee next year. They are on the schedule. Do NOT contact me for information on the show (or the one in Indianapolis) since I do not run it although I do plan to be at all of them except for the one in May on Mother's Day! Jim's phone number is in the schedule listing.
Some dealers have super powered girlfriends to guard their valuable comics!
Occasionally one of the conventions will be featured in the local newspapers. When I find out about them, I'll post links to the online versions here. Let me know if a link goes dead since some papers only keep free versions of their articles online for a limited period of time
The first Janesville con in April 2013 made the front page of the paper!