They're not exactly rival events, as the former is a fairly exclusive affair catering to 1,000 or fewer devotees of Grant Morrison who are willing to pony up $699 to $1,099 (including hotel) to rub elbows with the writer and a handful of other creators. The latter, meanwhile, appeals to a broader cross-section of mainstream comics fans (plus tickets are just $25 a day).
Clearly, it's a good weekend to be a comics fan with some extra cash in Las Vegas. Keep your eyes on Comic Book Resources Saturday and Sunday for coverage of both events.
MorrisonCon is the first out of the gate, with registration opening this afternoon at the Hard Rock Hotel, followed tonight by a spoken-word performance by Morrison and Gerard Way and James Dewees of My Chemical Romance, and an after-hours party. The event, which continues through Sunday, features discussions with such creators as Morrison, Way, Jason Aaron, Chris Burnham, Jonathan Hickman, Robert Kirkman, Jim Lee, Frank Quitely, Darick Robertson and J.H. Williams III.
Las Vegas Comic Expo begins Saturday morning at the Riviera Casino & Hotel with a guest list that includes Joe Benitz, Simon Bisley, Blond, Tim Bradstreet, Mark Brooks, Brian Buccellato, J. Scott Campbell, Eric Canete, Mike Choi, Joshua Fialkov, Ale Garza, Adam Hughes, J.G. Jones, Bob Layton, Scott Lobdell, Jim McCann, Mike Mignola, Cat Staggs, Philip Tan, Herb Trimpe and Len Wein.