by Zachary Clemente
It’s possible you missed it last year, but New York Comic-Con has a secondary convention, starting last year in early Summer, called Special Edition. Touted as the comics-only convention for New York (and greater) fans, initial response was mixed. It was announced late, but the guest lineup was strong. It fell on Father’s Day weekend, but the tickets weren’t expensive. It seemed like people were optimistic about the first iteration of the event. Unfortunately, attendance wasn’t exactly what you’d call great. Saturday was acceptable according to a number of exhibitors I talked to but Sunday was completely dead, maybe 200-300 attendees over the full day. I saw many exhibitors pack up early to beat the traffic home – not a heartening sight. I wasn’t sure if they’d continue the event, but hey – with ReedPop’s bankroll, why not?
I’m all for having a comics-only event during this time of year in Manhattan, where a lot of people are aching for one. NYCC itself can be such a mass of people, events, and spectacle that it’s difficult to enjoy the event if you don’t really want to see the strata of what’s offered. I look forward to seeing how Pier 94, their new location, works and eagerly await a hopefully well-curated guest list. Thankfully, Special Edition has a 2 week gap from both Father’s Day and Heroes Con in Charlotte, NC; which many creators focused their time to attend as an established comics-centric East Coast show.
NYC: Special Edition is June 6-7 at Pier 94 in New York City.
Notes from Heidi: As pointed out by Torsten in the comments, Pier 94 was previously used by Wizard World for a Big Apple con in 2009 and was where the infamous two-cons-on-the-same-weekend were going to be held until saner heads prevailed.The above is a photo from 2009.
All that said, this is a very sound venue! It’s large, airy, natural light, near the water so negative ions. I don’t remember the panel room, but this is definitely a more affordable but still spacious venue for a show that is still finding its legs. I think it’s a way better place to build the show up from than the pricey and challenging Javits.