The Best Conventions Around the World

There are comic book conventions all over the world in cities and towns of all sizes. They’ve popped up in greater numbers as people realize what kind of business they can drive to a city while also supporting really great creatives. Not to mention that people also love the opportunity to rub elbows with a celebrity or two…

As a comics professional, conventions are a great way to network in an organic way. You can chat with other pros at the show itself (some even offer portfolio reviews!), attend a pros dinner, or chat with people at one of the after-parties that will absolutely be happening somewhere.

To help you decide which conventions are worth your time and hard-earned money, we’ve created a list of some of the best comic cons around the world for you to either attend as a fan, guest, pro, or whatever!

Some shows are better for certain things (ie. networking, tabling, attending, etc.) but interacting with your peers about specific shows will help you figure out which one is a good fit for you. Each convention we have listed is one of the top shows for at least one reason that can help benefit your career in comic books.

We’ve included where the convention is and what month the show is typically held in. If you want to look up a full list of shows, zine festivals, and more, make sure to check out (and utilize) Conosaurus.

Angoulême International Comics Festival Angoulême, France January
Emerald City Comic Con (ECCC) Seattle, WA March
Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) Toronto, Canada May
Heroescon Charlotte, NC June
ALA New Orleans, LA June
London Film & Comic Con London, UK July
San Diego Comic Con (SDCC) San Diego, CA July
Dragon Con Atlanta, GA August/September
Rose City Comic Con Portland, WA September
Small Press Expo (SPX) Bethesda, MA September
Baltimore Comic Con Baltimore, MA September
Thought Bubble Leeds, UK September
New York Comic Con (NYCC) New York, NY October
MICE Cambridge, MA October
CCXP São Paulo, Brazil December

If there’s anything that we’ve missed that you think should be included here, please email to help us update our list.

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