Keen Halloween, the vintage Halloween creature arts and craft showcase from the creators of Steam Crow, won’t have Phoenix Comicon parent Square Egg Entertainment as an event manager as it did last year.
In fact, according to Steam Crow’s Daniel Davis, “Keen Halloween, as a convention, is concluded.” Read on for his full statement to Nerdvana, below …
Square Egg announced Monday that Steam Crow’s owners, artists Daniel and Dawna Davis, “will resume complete ownership and operation of Keen Halloween in 2017.
“Square Egg Entertainment is taking their shows in a different direction, but looks forward to the next spooky concoction from Steam Crow and Keen Halloween. Daniel and Dawna Davis continue to be an integral part of Phoenix Comicon and Square Egg Entertainment events,” the Square Egg statement continued.
But Davis said Monday evening after Nerdvana reached out to him that he did not have access to the event’s website, and the convention was “concluded,” but he was grateful to Phoenix Comicon director Matt Solberg and the Square Egg team for helping to bring Keen Halloween back for 2016.
Keen Halloween was created in 2012. Last year was the only year it and Phoenix Comicon were so intertwined.
Sept. 30-Oct. 1 were the dates we had for this year’s event, but its website has been down all day. Phoenix Comicon marketing manager Kristin Rowan said the outage was related to the transition away from a direct partnership and temporary.
What kind of “different direction” is Square Egg referring to with their events? That remains to be seen. We did ask:
“Matt Solberg and the team at Square Egg have been creating some new concepts for shows we would like to create,” Rowan explained. One “concept” has been Phoenix Fan Fest, which is set to return Nov. 11-12, according to Rowan. (It’s a concept that they liked so much it has been exported out of state.)
Today’s announcement doesn’t mean the end of the relationship with Steam Crow or Keen Halloween, Comicon says.
“We love Keen Halloween and the vision that Daniel Davis created and felt we could not do it justice at this time,” Rowan said. “It was a mutual parting of ways. Steam Crow and Phoenix Comicon have worked together for years and hope to continue that relationship, supporting each other’s ventures along the way, including Keen Halloween.”
Here is Davis’ full statement to Nerdvana:
Keen Halloween, as a convention, is concluded. Dawna and I would like to thank all the souls who attended, vended and helped put on Keen Halloween; you are fantastic and generous people! We managed to make friends with a whole lot of you through the event. We are grateful to you. Thanks to Matt Solberg and his team at Square Egg for helping us bring it back in 2016. Thank you for sharing your love of Halloween with us; it’s our favorite time of year.
We’ll have to see what the future holds for this spooky-cool brand …
Featured image and artwork courtesy Steam Crow
One affiliate goes, another grows …
Never let it be said things get boring on the Phoenix Comicon beat! We got another announcement from Square Egg today (but dated Friday), this one heralding an expansion of their partnership with the literacy organization and Phoenix Comicon “signature charity” Kids Need to Read.
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