First of all, I think the name is bad. When I first saw the name, I originally mistaken this convention for BlizzCon, the popular video game convention held by Blizzard Entertainment. Instead, I realized that this Minneapolis comic book convention is organized by Bjorn Brosdahl, former owner of High-Class Comics in St Paul.
Thanks to its affordable admission price of $4 (free if you turn up in costume or $1 off if you brought in a flyer from your local comic book store), it was cheap enough that comic fans did turn up to check out the show out of curiosity.
The Minnesota Transitions Schools’ gym open space is perfect for setting up dealer tables and held about 25 tables, give or take. Unfortunately, the MTS gym is actually much smaller than a typical full basketball court, so it only took us about a minute to walk around the area on our first pass to survey our surroundings.
The convention advertised “Hundreds of Golden Age comics at this event!”, which I do not believe this to be true. I saw very, very few 1930 to 1950 comics - and if they did have a copy, the prices were usually pretty outrageous.
Based on the small area, lack of major dealers (that we typically see at FallCon/SpringCon or Wizard World Minneapolis), no comic panels/discussions, and weird random locations like a high school gym... we probably won’t be attending Blizzard World 4 next year. Something like this, I felt should free or entry donations.
NOTE: Early birds who showed up early got a free Walking Dead comic (the 25 cent issue #163). It was so new that I’m actually not caught up to this latest issue yet (I buy the collected compendium, and that is only up to #144).
Blizzard World Minneapolis ComiCon at MTS School Gymnasium, Minneapolis (25 Feb 2017)