By TORSTEN ADAIR — special to The Beat
Well, after posting my initial analysis of Comic-Con programming, astute Beat readers suggested I consider the square footage and attendance of each panel.
Here are the totals (apologies for the spacing):
(Media includes Film, Television, and Animation from the grid)
- Comics 1,380,275.50
- Media 4,100,324.25
- Games 256,110.50
- Books 172,715.00
- Other 278,386.00
Why does Media have three times the space of comics? That’s a result of Room 20, Hall H, and the Indigo Ballroom, which were almost exclusively reserved for Media events. (The Indigo hosted 16 media, 3 comics, 3 other, and 1 game panels. Room 20 and Hall H were exclusively media panels, with Room 20 holding the less popular movies and shows.)
If we ignore those big rooms, the numbers are better:
- Comics 1,306,658.50
- Media 1,162,928.25
- Games 232,110.50
- Books 171,098.00
- Other 204,769.00
If we consider seating, it looks a bit better, with media at twice the attendance of comics. Attendance is hard to gauge, so I used the capacity seating listed for each room layout. These are liberal numbers… I suspect that the big rooms were packed, while the smaller rooms probably had some empty seats. I wouldn’t be surprised if the official numbers tabulated from CCI are proportional to the square footage number above.
Maximum Seating *Hours of Programming
- Comics 226,868.50
- Media 440,108.75
- Games 34,377.00
- Books 25,736.00
- Other 56,795.00
Without the big rooms:
- Comics 218,729.50
- Media 133,787.00
- Games 31,714.00
- Books 25,586.00
- Other 48,656.00
A rather spectacular difference in possible attendance! Fanboys would outnumber mediots 8:5 (although there would be some dissension, as the superhero comics fans would have to tolerate the cheerful effervescence of the manga/anime cosplayers). Of course, there is always overlap, and even without the big rooms, I would estimate that attendance of comics and media panels would be equal (with media probably attracting more).
I’ve been writing for The Beat since July of 2010.
I’ve been reading comics since 1974, collecting since 1984, and spreading the graphic novel gospel since 1994.
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