An unnamed but trustworthy informant we’ll call “Longbox” sent this picture from a recent comic con that showed a pretty dead Sunday, if you define pretty dead as one person lined up to see George Perez at 1 pm. I’m not going to name and shame the show, as the point is not any one in particular but just that, even as con culture is booming in many places, sometimes things don’t click. I’m told this show was dead on Friday and Sunday, but okay on Saturday, when Perez and others had a huge line — in other words, the typical show pattern from days past.
“Longbox” pointed out that there were at least five other shows in the region in the same month. I don’t think the convention market is over-saturated yet per se, but there are definitely areas that are over and underserved. And as more and more shows pop up, guests are getting more and more selective.
Like I said this isn’t a knock against one show, just a general observation. One thing I think might happen is July opening up for shows—even though San Diego consumes every waking moment for most of the comics industry, more and more professionals aren’t going, and SDCC isn’t really competition for local shows. Now it seems everything is jammed into April-May and September and that’s just exhausting.