The Growing Success of New York Comic Con

Hollywood, take notice. The figures are in and the recently concluded New York Comic Con has surpassed the much-hyped San Diego Comic Con as the biggest geek convention of them all.

As a fan myself, I'm happy to see both succeed -- SDCC on the West Coast in the summer and NYCC on the East Coast in the fall.  By extending its Thursday programming, the New York con attracted 150,000 visitors, besting the 130,000 drawn every year at San Diego.

I hope New York's success doesn't mean it will be impossible to purchase premium tickets like the one in San Diego, which sells out like a hard-to-attend rock concert.

New York's convention is still mostly a publisher's showcase, while San Diego has attracted nearby Hollywood's attention with movies and television usurping print comic books. SDCC is stretched to capacity as a huge debate rages about whether the city can handle any further growth. NYCC is in the Big Apple, which has more options for hundreds of thousands (and even millions) of fans flocking to the "City that Never Sleeps," but for it to grow even in New York, the convention will need to spread out beyond the confines of the Jacob Javitz Center (which is certainly possible as witnessed by the 10-day "New York SuperWeek" festival with more than 100 events around the Manhattan area.)

For fans of comics and pop culture, the continued success of both major Comic Cons (as well as other lesser known but still beloved conventions around the country and throughout the world) is news to cheer.

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