There have been a few people asking about the history of comic shows/conventions in Eugene, Oregon. If you have anything to add or other info, please contact us.
In 1983, there was a very small science fiction convention held in Eugene, Oregon at the Hilton hotel. It featured a few special guests including Hugo and Neblua award winning author Spider Robinson, science fiction authors John Varley, Damon Knight, and others.
The science fiction convention failed to produce enough money to cover expenses and the person running the show, who was a very young sci-fi fan, had to ask his parents to cover the expenses. We know this wasn’t a comic con, per say, but it was the only big convention in Eugene we could find any info on.
Coincidentally, and surprisingly, we very recently discovered the name of this science fiction convention: Eucon. Go figure. The person who came up with the idea all those years ago described it as Sgt. Preston of the Yukon and actually rented a Canadian mountee costume for the weekend. In fact, the flier for the convention featured a picture of a man in an astronaut suit riding a sleigh being pulled by a pack of dogs in spacesuits (pictured right). The story behind the science fiction convention name had nothing to do with the words Eugene and convention.
Time went by and in either the late 80s and early 90s, a local comic shop owner put on a series of comic book shows, but apparently grew tired of producing them and stopped. After that, a charity organization and a local comic book fan took over doing the shows, which lasted for two or three years.
From what could be found and remembered, the last comic show held in Eugene, Oregon was in 2005. The charity group had hoped the comic show would be a success and they’d be able to continue doing them. Sadly, it would be the last time Eugene would have its own comic show of any kind.
The Eugene Comic Con will be the first locally produced comic con in Eugene, Oregon in 10 years, and we’re looking forward to seeing you all November 14 and 15, and to continue bringing the best in guests and comics to the Emerald Valley! Yep, we’re already planning next year’s show…
*Comic show fact: The longest running comic show in Oregon was the Portland Comic Book Show, which ran for 33 years. Sadly, the show ceased operating in 2012, but we were lucky enough to get the Rose City Comic Con to replace it!