This is why as an indie creator myself, I decided to do an investigation as to which comic cons are the best fits for the least known indie creators; and I made some great discoveries. For example, indie creators should start building their audience in local shows and slowly but surely expanding outwards in their area. If you as an indie creator, try to spend a few thousand bucks to sell at a popular convention out the gate; more than likely you'll crash and burn. It's basically like buying a Lamborghini to learn to drive, it'd be a crazy adventure while it lasts; but not a very smart idea. So as I asked fellow indie creators from all over the country, who'm have attended a variety of cons throughout the years; I narrowed down the Top Comic Cons for Indie Creators. This list is based on the feedback I've gotten from fellow creators, but if you know for a fact that there's other comic cons that are excellent for indie creators; please let me know and I'll add them to the list. So, without further ado...
#7. Calgary EXPO
In 1988, Bob Corby put together the first Oh, Comics! an annual anthology title and sold it at the Mid-Ohio Con here in Columbus. There was only one table and about 13 small press publishers showed up, but that planted a seed in Bob’s head. He continued with Oh, Comics! and then in 1995 Dave Sim announced his "Spirits of Indendents" tour. The very first one was here in Columbus. The following year though the Spirits show disappeared he continued exhibiting at regular conventions. But all of the sudden, all of the regular conventions became "Pop-Culture" conventions in an attempt to bring more people though the door. The net result is that the small press folks seemed to be selling less. At that point Bob decided to bring the "Spirits" show back. He wrote a letter to Dave Sim and asked if he could continue the Columbus Spirits show. Dave answered back and said to go for it but he wouldn't be able to attend because he was concentrating on keeping Cerebus on schedule. Without Dave's involvement, Bob didn't feel that he should continue with the Spirits name so he came up with the Small Press and Alternative Comics Expo or SPACE. To Learn more click here.