Local comics and fantasy fans have long been envious of the attention that larger cities in warmer places get from pop culture conventions, like the recent San Diego Comic Con.
Now it looks like they will have their one piece of the action right here in the Med City.
Bill Willingham, the creator of the wildly popular comic Fables as well as being a southern Minnesota transplant, recently told the Comic Con crowd that this was his last appearance at the San Diego event.
Most importantly for local comic and fantasy fanatics like myself, Willingham announced that he is organizing his own three day convention to be called, "Fabletown and Beyond."
It will focus on "mythic fiction" like his dark retelling of fairy tales and Neil Gaiman's "Sandman" series.
Here's the happy ending to this tale. This young Midwestern sibling of Comic Con will be held in downtown Rochester in March.
I got a kick out of how the comics site, bleedingcool.com, described the choice of Rochester as a venue.
"… The show will be held in Rochester, Minnesota. The facilities that have been chosen have been chosen specifically for the expansive indoor space, an underground city built for the wealthy visitors of the Mayo Clinic. This space will enable convention goers to remain indoors in the bitter Minnesota March."
The Post-Bulletin will have more on this as it gets nearer. For more information, check out fablescon.com.