Portland's Rose City Comic Con is one of the best-run fan conventions I've ever had the pleasure of covering. The guest list of celebrities and comic creators has grown steadily over the past few years, and although attendance has exploded, it still retains a hometown charm and intimacy missing from most corporate mega-cons like the events from Wizard World.
The fantastic word of mouth has caught the attention of ReedPOP and New York Comic Con founder Greg Topalain's LeftField Media and they've since become a majority investor and partner in Portland's premiere pop culture celebration.
Founded by Ron and Paula Brister in 2011, RCCC has a loyal following, especially with Portland enjoying a reputation as a wealth of comic talent due to the nearby presence of Dark Horse, Oni Press and a new Image headquarters in the making. This regional convention drew over 42,000 attendees in its most recent occasion and is fast becoming the Pacific Northwest's go-to geek jamboree along with Seattle's Emerald City Comic-Con. RCCC's next annual event is scheduled for the weekend of September 8-10 at the Oregon Convention Center in downtown Portland.
"We love our fans, and we love Portland! It's this creative city and its people that inspired us to start Rose City Comic Con. Our constant and consistent goal is to bring a high-quality, family-friendly event that will appeal to Portland each and every year," said Ron Brister. "Adding Greg and the LeftField team to the Rose City Comic Con team as partners will continue to allow RCCC to grow in many ways, including adding a day to our 2017 event, making RCCC a three-day fan experience for the first time!"
With Wizard World's bloated roster of shows getting cut down, it seems like there might be a new king of the convention scene. With a heavy hitter like LeftFieldMedia involved financially and doubling down on this enjoyable Con's popularity, this can only mean that the future of RCCC is very rosy indeed.