Newsarama has the press release on WW Chicago’s attendance, and to the shock of all it’s a new record!
Wizard World, the country’s foremost touring event for pop culture and comic books, announced today that it once again exceeded attendance expectations with its tenth annual Chicago event at The Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, attracting more than 58,000 attendees over three and a half days, making this past weekend’s convention the largest Wizard World event to date. Guest of Honor Jeph Loeb, a comic book writer (Superman/Batman, Batman: The Long Halloween, Ultimates 3) and a film/TV producer/writer (NBC’s Heroes, Lost, Smallville) headlined the event that saw fan turnout top last year’s 56,000 attendees – growth attributed to Wizard’s ongoing commitment to providing fans with the opportunity to meet some of the biggest stars in comics, film and television, and explore the worlds of comics, cards, toys, anime, manga, and gaming.
That’s a modest 2,000 person gain over 2005, which was itself a mere
1500 over 2004.
As everyone knows, Wizard is believed to use a one day = one person formula to calculate attendees, meaning a three day pass equals three people. (Other shows use a one pass = one person formula.) This Matt Brady adds an unusual disclaimer at the end of the press release:
Newsarama Note: As in years past, Newsarama has again requested from Wizard the method by which they arrived at their attendance number. Wizard has historically declined to release that information – or respond to requests.
Indeed, even Newsarama posters are a bit skeptical in the comment section, with one declaring
there’s no way that’s possible… u could actually walk through the convention on sat this year, unlike last year