GAH! We’re heading deep into “comic con summer” (TCAF, BookCon, BookExpo…) and ReedPOP has announced that tickets for New York Comic Con, scheduled for October 8 – 11, 2015, will go on sale next Wednesday! (Last year, it was Thursday, June 26.)
As stated on their website, it’s not as crazy as San Diego, as you will have THREE opportunities to purchase tickets:
- Tickets for NYCC 2015 will go on sale on May 13 at 12:00 PM EDT.
- A limited supply of New York Comic Con Tickets will be available for purchase at Special Edition: NYC 2015 on June 6-7. All details can be found here.
- An event at Midtown Comics later this summer. All of the info for this event will be announced at a later date. Note that Midtown Comics is the ONLY Retail partner selling NYCC 2015 Tickets. Don’t miss NYCC 2015, October 8-11, 2015 in the Javits Center in New York City.
Note their italics in #3. Midtown Comics is the EXCLUSIVE retailer for NYCC tickets.
What’s the cost, you might wonder?
Not pictured: VIP ticket packages, which run from $215 to $525. These usually sell out instantly.
Last year’s advance sales were on a scale with San Diego, including web SNAFUs and fast sales for 3- and 4-day tickets. (The show did not sell out until October 2.) It’s hoped that the SENYC supply will mitigate some anger, and also boost attendance to that smaller show, scheduled June 6&7 at Pier 94.
Last year, attendance was 151,000. Much of that growth was due to an expansion of Thursday’s hours to a full day. Is there any more room for expansion? Unlikely. In 1997, the New York Auto Show set an Easter Sunday record of 158,908. Granted, the dynamics are different… there is a lot of open space on the exhibits floor, as cars are the main attraction, and it’s easier for attendees to meander. Also, 1A-C is an exhibits hall, along with 3A-E and the North Hall. Most importantly, the average time spent at the Auto Show? 3 hours, 27 minutes. (Some comic con attendees spend that much time in line.)
If not next year, then before 2020, I expect the show to expand to Columbus Day Monday. That might require extra costs due to union contracts, but I’m sure money can be found.
Do you plan to attend? Is the show getting too big? Too expensive? Sound off below!
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