The Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival this year was, by all accounts, pretty crowded and hot in the main building, but the governing factor was high attendance, and the discussion panels, held at The Knitting Factory, also confirmed the trend. They were highly attended, and for the most part, standing room only. This signals a need for expansion in venues for BCGF, and on the whole has to be taken as a positive sign. Just like SPX and NYCC this year, attendance and participation at comics events is on the rise, and that means good sales and good press. The first panel of the festival was almost certainly the most in demand. Chris Ware, Richard McGuire, and Art Spiegelman getting together to talk about the architecture of comics was an easy sell at a free event. Lines started forming an hour ahead of time and the staff at The Knitting Factory had to think fast to find a way to accommodate the large number of fans who showed up. All hopefuls who were present a little ahead of the 11 o’clock start time got into the panel, but the rather gracious and helpful staff rigged up a sound system in the bar for those arriving later who didn’t make it in.