FantaCo Enterprises, Inc. was created on August 28, 1978 and FantaCon was conceived just a few months later.
FantaCon was envisioned to not be just a single subject convention but a blend of many types of interests.
In planning the first FantaCon we envisioned a blend of comic books, horror films and fantasy elements.
We wanted to help promote new filmmakers and special effects artists as well as new comic book creators and publishers.
We had even talked about having magicians roaming the show doing magic tricks for the attendees!!
The first FantaCon was held in August 1979 at the Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany, NY. Things were sure a lot different then! We had to try and contact all guests by phone or by mail. Same thing with the dealers. We pasted together the first program magazine piece by piece and line by line. We wrote and performed all our own radio spots. And the tickets for the show were drawn by Raoul Vezina. That show was conceived, organized, promoted and executed in just a matter of months! It's amazing that we were able to do it and have a successful show. Later shows took about 18 months to organize. FantaCon 2013 will have taken well over 2 years to completion.
FantaCon 2013 exists solely because the fans wanted it to happen. It is being organized by the original FantaCo creator and FantaCon organizer from all those years ago. The vision for the show has not changed one bit (well, no roaming magicians!!) from the first show in 1979. FantaCon 2013 will feature comic books and comic book artists and creators along with a healthy dose of horror films, horror film personalities and fantasy elements. And perhaps the most important thing of all is that FantaCon 2013 will continue its tradition of giving talented new comers a large audience to display their creations to. After all they are the future of this industry of imagination.
For those of you who have attended FantaCons in the past, we invite you back- and bring your kids this time!! If you have never been to a FantaCon we look forward to seeing you September 14 and 15, 2013.
And finally we acknowledge our friends who have passed. Phil Seuling, the inventor of the direct sale comic market, gave us an example of how to run a show and was a mentor and dear friend. Raoul Vezina who created many of the earliest FantaCo and FantaCon graphics was a brilliant cartoonist and had more friends than anyone else we have ever known. And Chas Balun, author, editor and artist contributed mightily to the success of all the later FantaCo endeavors. All three of these talented individuals are missed. FantaCon 2013 is dedicated to Phil, Raoul and Chas.
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