Heidi has the reporting on ReedPOP’s new “Special Edition: New York City” show next June, where a small comics show will be held in the North Hall of the Javits convention center.
But then a Facebook friend, who is also a comics professional, posted about the show, and it got me thinking about what might develop from this experiment.
As it stands, SE:NYC (SpEd:NYC?…spednick?) is renting the North Hall of Javits. This is a massive space, and in my opinion, the best space at Javits. Almost brand new, with no columns, numerous bathrooms, close to a 7-Eleven…
The square footage is equivalent to that of the first NYCC, and it seems likely that an equivalent attendance of 30,000 will appear.
So if it’s successful (and I suspect it will be), what does the future hold?
One possibility: Artists Alley is split off from NYCC as a separate event.
ReedPOP has very nearly maxed out the space at Javits. Hall 1C is the only space left, and that is used as a queue line (AKA Stockyards) for attendees in the morning. NYCC could make people wait outside, or institute a timed entry ticket, and while New Yorkers might grumble, they rival the Soviet in perseverance. I predict numerous event tents placed along the east side of Javits, all sponsored by various companies who will sell stuff to the captive audience while they wait to cross the river Jordan.
Spektrum Fantastic Art Live 3 (staged by the same people who publish the annual) will host a massive gathering of illustrators and artists in Kansas City in May. New York already has numerous auction houses and dealers selling mass produced and highly prized artwork. Add in the dealers already at NYCC selling antiques and collectibles, and it would be quite easy to sell space. Partner with area galleries, museums, and cultural institutions for a “comics month” of exhibitions!
You could even host a craft show at the same time! Etsy sellers and other small dealers… like a cheap artists alley/garage sale. Call it “Hobbyists Hall”?
Or maybe it becomes a little bit of everything… part Angoulême, part comics trade show, part fan fest, part art show…