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Thursday, July 01, 2021 

With the Corona crisis mostly over, a new Israeli convention opens

Here's a Jerusalem Post article about a new convention taking place in Petach Tikva next week:
With coronavirus restrictions lifting and the culture sector reemerging, Israel’s geek culture aficionados will be able to gather once again for their various conventions and events.

And this time, a new one, Comics-Con, will arrive in Israel for the first time ever, taking place on July 9 at the Petah Tikva Museum of Art.

[...] Israel does have a few geek conventions already, such as I-Con, Olamot and Harucon. However, they are few in number, and Comics-Con is a bit different.

“I-Con is very fantasy- and role playing-focused, Harucon is anime- and Japanese culture-focused, Olamot is a fantasy- and science fiction-focused event,” Salov explained.

“Comics-Con is a comics and pop culture convention. It includes all aspects of geek culture but focuses on mainstream Western culture.”
There's only one thing that bugs me about this. What if the organizers make use of politically correct or morally bankrupt ideas like what we're seeing in the west now, and what I've spoken of at various times before? There may be some okay stuff from Europe, I hope, but if they intend to focus on mainstream US comics and other such products, that's where I'm not optimistic they'll have much to offer that's inspiring. I'd like to think this is something to look forward to, but with the dire artistic situation the US industry sank into, that's why I'm not sure this'll be worth the effort, even if I do want to take a trip to see the art museum in Petach Tikva.

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