More and more small conventions are popping up in the Bay Area of northern California, possibly to fill the gap left by Wondercon moving down to Anaheim a few years ago. More recently there was an announcement that the Alternative Press Expo will also be leaving San Francisco for San Jose next year. But here are some other great small cons you might consider attending:
EAST BAY ALTERNATIVE BOOK AND ZINE FEST-
This coming weekend, Saturday December 6th, the Berkeley City College will host the fifth annual EBABZ. The event will run from 10am-5pm at 2050 Center Street, Berkeley, California. More information about the can can be found on their tumblr (ebabzfest.tumblr.com) at their facebook event page (www.facebook.com/events/718387144876330/?ref_notif_type=like&source=1) and at their website (www.eastbayalternativebookandzinefest.com).
The high school librarians of Petaluma are teaming up with the local bookstores and comics people to create a small con specifically aimed at getting high school kids interested in comics, in reading, and careers in the arts. This hopefully annual event will take place on January 17th, 2015, in Petaluma. They want people for an artist alley! Email Nathan Libecap if you are interested at firstname.lastname@example.org. Here is the con's (very new) website: http://lumacon.weebly.com/
BLACK COMIX ARTS FESTIVAL-
Also in January the NorCal Martin Luther King festival will be hosting the first annual BCAF. They already have a very exciting list of guest artists, speakers, films and panels lined up. Some of the guests include: Erika Alexander, Andrew Aydin, Kevin Grevioux, Keith Knight, Robert Love, Jeremy Love, Tony Puryear, Afua Richardson, Brandon Thomas, LeSean Thomas and David Walker. This con is still accepting exhibitor applications! You can apply for a table and find out more information about this event on their website: http://bcaf.norcalmlkfoundation.org/
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