Are con wars just heating up? Calvin Reid and I surveyed the showrunners after this weekend’s three con pile-up and it sounds like things are just getting started.
In particular, it turns out Special Edition: NYC was just a warm-up for what could be smaller comics shows everywhere.
He also acknowledged that Special Edition is an experimental concept and the show is likely to be used as a template for organizing comics shows in “underserved” markets around the county. Armstrong said feedback from fans, publishers and artists has been “overwhelmingly positive.” Armstrong said, “fans want access to creators in a more intimate environment,” he said, and creators have expressed “satisfaction in being able to have meaningful and less hurried interactions with their current fans and new readers.”
Armstrong acknowledged that the show as scheduled competes with the two other local comics shows over the same weekend—EternalCon in Garden City, NY and the New York Comic Fest in White Plains. But he also emphasized that no decision has been made on where or when the next Special Edition will be held, or even if it will be in New York.
Ya hear that? Special Edition is coming!
NYCF’s Crucial Entertainment announced that the Asbury Park Comic Con will be replaced by the East Coast Comicon, to be held April 11-12, 2015. “We outgrew Asbury Park,” he continued, “and while we love the town, it’s difficult putting on a con in a hotel or an old convention hall. We haven’t given up on Asbury Park, we like to think that like Frosty the Snowman it’ll ‘be back again one day.'”
EternalCon was the only show that gave numbers — more than 3000 fans each day. And yes it will be back next year.
According to reports, Wizard is poised to expand into even more territories next year, including just about any city big enough to have a stop-light or dedicated froyo outlet. If ReedPop is lining up its own brand of smaller, comics-focused shows, we could be looking at a very crowded schedule indeed.
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.