Atomic Crush Events may have found the last gold mine of Southern California as its inaugural Comic Con Revolution event this past weekend in Ontario was a rousing success. The group has already announced plans for the follow-up show in 2018.

This past Saturday, the first Comic Con Revolution hosted 5,449 attendees. A number, according to the company, does not include exhibitors and staff, which some shows use to bolster their attendance records.

Standing room only for the voice actors panel

In a statement released by Atomic Crush Events,  the shows ownership group hinted at expansion for next year. “We are already hard at work laying the foundation for next year’s Comic Con Revolution,” said ACE Co-Founder Mike Scigliano.  He added, “And we’ll spend the next 12 months preparing an even bigger and better experience.” Comic Con Revolution will grow in 2018 taking over both exhibit halls as well as the Mayoral Ballroom.  The event will add additional features including a Professional Creator’s Summit on Friday, May 18th, play host to the Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles as they complete their Comic Book Artist badge while growing the exhibitor and guest lists.

Voice actors Fedor Chin, Anjali Bhimani, and Josh Petersdorf from Overwatch

Anyone who’s lived in Southern California understands the Inland Empire has always been seen as less than in comparison to surrounding Orange County (Disneyland) and the mega market of Los Angeles. Now it looks as though the forgotten powerhouse community is getting behind something they can call their own in pop culture.

Comic Con Revolution 2 takes place May 19-20, 2018 in Ontario California at the Ontario Convention Center. Tickets will go on sale later this year while exhibitor sales are open now.

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  1. A small, compact convention center

    It’s across the street from the airport, which is served by Southwest and six other airlines.
    40 miles / one hour east of the Los Angeles Convention Center.

    Lots of hotels (airport + convention center) as well as restaurants.

    Lots of small cities have similar audiences, and similar facilities. Consumer shows are not a problem for convention centers in regional cities, as hotel rooms will still be sold for people spending a weekend in the Big City from the surrounding region.

    That’s the next big explosion in comic cons… regional or national companies franchising shows. Like Wizard World, or Great Eastern, Many cities already have companies which manage local consumer shows (home & garden, boat, wedding, food).

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