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Wednesday, February 26, 2014 

NYCC plans smaller convention for what the mainstay's supposed to be about

Rather than re-emphasize comics at the NYCC, the company who own them is planning another one:
The company behind New York Comic Con is creating a convention in New York for, well... comics. ReedPop, which runs not only NYCC but also the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo and the PAX gaming convention, has announced a purely comics-focused new event known as "Special Edition: NYC." Held on June 14th and 15th in Manhattan, it's meant to be a gathering for comic book fans, artists, writers, and collectors. ReedPop VP Lance Fensterman describes it as an "intimate destination" in contrast to NYCC, which had over 130,000 attendees in 2014. [...]

The Special Edition event is lower-profile and focused exclusively on comics and graphic novels; among other things, it's meant to be a place where fans can meet authors in a less hectic environment.
What are the odds this'll only end up becoming a marginal convention? And shouldn't the mainstay convention be the place to rebuild a larger focus on comics? Why must the bulk of the shows be all about movies and music? Oh, I see. They're afraid they'll lose all those visitors who aren't interested in comics to start with. But then, they should change the name of the convention to something like NY MovieCon.

And if the profile is lower, then that only tells they're not making much effort to draw outsiders to visit. Personally, I think it'll end up being a waste of money on an extra convention, when the mainstay convention is the one that really needs restructuring.

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