ReedPop has just announced that this year’s New York Comic Con is expanding to four days. The show will run from October 13-16, with Thursday a day for academic programming, beginning at noon, and a “Preview Night” running from 4-7. Only 10,000 tickets will be sold for all four days — nearly 100,000 people attended the 2010 show, according to show runner Lance Fensterman.
New York Comic Con has experienced exponential growth since it was launched in 2006, and our expansion into a fourth day now will allow the show to accommodate even more attendees and provide additional programming and business opportunity for the artists, creators, and exhibitors who are the foundation of the show’s success. (And, never far from our mind, the fourth day will allow NYCC to expand overall, but better manage and limit crowds on each, individual day.)
There will be no single-day tickets available for Thursday.
From where we sit, this is a fine idea — there are certainly enough people who come to the show to warrant a preview night and the early Friday morning “pros only” show never really got into the swing of things, and a “preview night” with limited public participation and industry programming sounds like the ideal day of schmoozing people need.
Unmentioned: where ICv2’s traditional Thursday conference will go