We’ll have our full report in tomorrow’s PW Comics Week, but for now, a few notes:
The show was much improved from last year’s; rough attendance is about 34,000, according to Lance Fensterman, definitely up from last year.
This was a fun, well run show without a lot of bells and whistles. There wasn’t any one thing that made it stand out, but it was definitely a good show with all the elements that achieved “con.” The crowd was young and energetic and seemed to be having the time they expected out of a comic-con, (a supposition backed up by happy tweets).
Sales were strongest in Artist Alley where lots of folks sold out. The sales were mostly smaller items, though — a lot of artists mentioned not selling original art to us. However, one fellow was telling us in the bar that he made $5k selling originals; different strokes.
We’ll have the news roundup and more info later on — for now, here’s a photo gallery:
ROCKETEER splash page by John Cassaday for a new anthology series featuring the character. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the family of the late creator Dave Stevens, and a charity. Covers are by Alex Ross.
Dark Horse debuted a new booth with lots of interactive areas.
Archaia’s booth featured cute little stools!
This guy was pretty much the king of the show.
We don’t know what these standalone letters were for but they were kind of cool.
Retailers rappin’: Chicago Comics Eric Kirssamer and Revolution’s Jim Mortensen.
I think you could fit all of Williamsburg inside the McCormick Place.
Remains of cute — and delicious — dragon roll from dinner on Friday.
The cute stools of Archaia were put to good use.
MOUSE GUARD’s David Petersen signs.
Top Shelf’s Chris Staros talks to a customer.
Jai Nitz strikes a pose by the DC Booth.
Fuzzy picture of the adorable Quidditch players roaming the floor.
ComiXology showed off a video of a guy showing off their app to Jimmy Fallon.
Importantly, we learned that comiXology’s Trace Cohen, right, is a guy.
Some of the Avengers 100 covers at the Hero Initiative reception on Saturday.
The Hero Initiative’s Jim McLauchlin.
Cartoonist Jamal Igle’s daughter Catherine demonstrates the future.
Chris Samnee and Mike Norton discover they are mirror images of one another at the Marvel party.
Thor mighty movie lobby display set off the Marvel booth.
The Rock Band stage in the lobby provided a strange soundtrack for the weekend.
Not quite sure what is going on here. Sure that we don’t want to know.
On Friday at least, there was no danger the autograph area would overwhelm the comics.
Jill Pantozzi, Justin Tyler and Bill Willingham at the Newsarama TV studio.
The strange world of Denis Calero.
Only at a Comic-Con will you experience Pirates of the Navibbean.
Peak time Saturday.
DC’s Kwanza Johnson at the super secret after party.
The swanky john at the super secret after party.
In the ’60s, children were protected by Halloween costumes that were flame retarded.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.