Update, March 12: PDX Popup Con has been cancelled.
With ECCC postponed, we’ve seen several alternatives pop up, from Pajama Con to Oni’s online convention shop. For those in Portland, here’s another way to spend your weekend — PDX Popup Con, which is being put on by PDXComicArts.com and several Portland-area comics retailers.
“With the last-minute cancellation of Emerald City Comic-Con due to fears of a COVID-19 outbreak, many artists, publishers and exhibitors have been left without an opportunity to share their work and chat with their audience next weekend,” their site reads. “Many self-published artists rely on conventions like ECCC as a financial foundation for their year, and income lost from these shows can be devastating. Not to mention the upfront costs of booking travel and hotels, which at this point probably cannot be canceled or refunded.”
Participating retailer include Books With Pictures, Floating World Comics, Cosmic Monkey Comics, Bridge City Comics, Comics Adventure and Cloud 9 Comics. Exhibitors, once registered, will be assigned shifts at one of these retailers where they can sell their wares and meet with fans.
The event will be free, both to the public and to any creators who want to exhibit this weekend. Registration, however, is due today. So creators, sign up now!