I’d like to take a moment to share with you, the loyal iFanbase the inside scoop on MorrisonCon, which has been 2 years in the making.
Later this year, September 28 – 30, 2012, MorrisonCon will be taking place at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas. Curated by Grant Morrison and Ignition Sequence, MorrisonCon is aiming to be a comics event unlike any other. Earlier today the first batch of guests that will be joining Grant Morrison were announced: Jonathan Hickman, Frank Quitely, Gerard Way, J.H. Williams III, and Chris Burnham. Also announced were the full details on packages and the on sale date of May 9 at 3 PM ET / Noon PT. (You can also read about it on Wired.)
Now is a probably a good time to mention and disclose that I, Ron Richards, am one of the organizers of this event. MorrisonCon is the first event of a new endeavor I’ve started, along with James Sime and Kirsten Baldock of Isotope Comics in San Francisco. Together we have formed a new company called Ignition Sequence. Those of you long time iFanboy readers should not be surprised by this as iFanboy has teamed up with Isotope in the past for events in San Francisco, such as the Robert Kirkman Zombie Bar Crawl at WonderCon in 2011.
The genesis of MorrisonCon and the organization of Ignition Sequence is simple. After 10+ years of attending comic conventions and watching them grow bigger and bigger, I simply thought that there’s got to be another way to celebrate comics. About 2 years ago, I shared this thought with James and Kirsten and discussed a music festival I attended in 2008 called All Tomorrow’s Party. Curated by My Bloody Valentine and the organizers of All Tomorrow’s Party, this festival took place in upstate New York over a weekend and was limited to about 3,000 attendees. The small amount of attendees (the opposite of a huge festival like Outside Lands in SF or Lollapalooza in Chicago) created an intimate, once in a lifetime vibe and it’s a weekend I’ll never forget. James and Kirsten agreed with me in that this similar model could be applied to a comic event and suggested that comics rockstar, visionary and award winning writer Grant Morrison would be the perfect person to help us curate this first event.
I can’t tell you how excited we are, after 2 years, to see this finally becoming a reality. MorrisonCon will truly be like no other convention. With a small, intimate group of attendees and only 10 special guests total, fans will be able to meet, interact and celebrate comics like they’ve never done before. The fact that our first batch of guests feature the likes of Frank Quitely, Jonathan Hickman and J.H. Williams III should give you an idea of the kind of event we’re aiming to present. We’ve got 4 more guests to announce over the coming weeks and I promise you, they’ll knock your socks off. Add in the fun that will be had (Isotope is known for throwing some of the most unforgettable parties ever) and it truly will be a weekend to remember.
Now I’d like to try and answer a few possible questions you may have:
- MorrisonCon is NOT an iFanboy or Graphicly (iFanboy’s parent company) event. While I am known and associated with iFanboy and Graphicly and my work with Josh and Conor over the years, this is a new venture that I’m involved in. Will Josh and Conor and the rest of the iFanboy staff be at the con? You’ll have to ask them (but I sure am hoping they can make it, seems like we’d get some killer interviews, right?).
- This does not, in any way, interfere with my work with iFanboy or Graphicly. This is just another thing I’m working on in my spare time (like how I co-host tech podcasts for Revision3 and TWiT). I love working at Graphicly and iFanboy. I just like to keep busy (ask my friends and family).
- You are ALL invited. I sincerely hope that many of you can come. Part of the inspiration for doing this is to put on the kind of event that celebrates the love of comics that we’d like to attend, and we think we’re on to something and given that this is the place on the Internet that shows the most love for comics, I think many of you would enjoy what we have planned.
If anyone has any other questions, feel free to post them in the comments and I’ll do my best to answer everything I can. There’s an extensive FAQ on the MorrisonCon site as well that I would point you to if you have specific event questions.
Thanks for indulging me this time to share with you the background on the exciting event and I hope you’re as excited as I am. Please check out MorrisonCon.com and I hope to see you there