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ECCC’19: Convention Center Update

In late January, just before the polar vortex hit the Midwest, and Measles hit the Pacific Northwest, I was in Seattle attending the Midwinter...

NYCC 2018 Update: How’s that Javits Center construction going?

We're three months out from New York Comic Con, scheduled for October 4-7, 2018. Most of us here at The Beat are slowly getting into...

NYCC 2017: New York Reboots the Javits Center

Way back in January 2016, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a $1 Billion expansion of the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York...

$1 Billion Expansion of Javits Center Announced by Governor Cuomo

This morning, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a $1 Billion expansion of the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York City. Construction will start...

Convention Center Scorecard: Kansas City, Los Angeles, Boston

It's not just San Diego which is having problems funding convention center growth. Many other cities, citing city pride and tourism dollars, are trying to...

Convention Center Scorecard: San Diego: Marriott Builds a New Ballroom

As was mentioned in a recent Comic-Con blog post, the Marriott Hall in San Diego has been demolished to make way for a new,...

Convention Center Scorecard: San Diego Stumbles, Las Vegas Dreams Bigger

Via Mark Evanier's blog, I discovered two tidbits of interesting news: The Riviera Hotel and Casino, one of the oldest on the Vegas Strip, was...

New York Comic Con 2014 was the biggest US comic con...

With attendance of 151,000, this year's NYCC is now the biggest reported North American comics convention, surpassing the San Diego Comic Con's 130,000. According to show runner Lance Fensterman, the increase of 20,000 from last year was due to selling tickets for a full day Thursday, which was previously a half-day "pro day. I'm told neither number includes pros and exhibitors and 'industry support" however, so the exact number of numb and yet enthused people wandering the halls of either Comic-Con has not been released. Given the number of lookie-loos who hang around in San Diego, that event would still seem to be the biggest. Many people wondered how NYCC could be bigger than SDCC when the Javits Center is smaller than the San Diego Convention Center. I'm sure Torsten can give us the exact dimensions, but on most lists I've ever seen, the Javits is actually larger than SD Convetion Center. This stat is misleading however.