- Posted by Johanna on February 27, 2006 at 10:55 pm
- Category: Comic News
Not tired yet of hearing about the New York Comic-Con problems? Here’s more coverage.
Newsday reports on the crowding and brief comments from the show’s director, who promises “Those who were turned away Saturday will be receiving gift bags, refunds and advance invitations to next year’s convention.” No word on how to request those goodies if you were one of those turned away.
Newsarama also talked to him on the Sunday of the show, getting apologies and more detail on what they’re trying to do to improve.
At the Engine (link no longer available), Jackie Estrada, a woman who knows conventions, discusses the difference in cost between this show and others.
The Javits Center is incredibly expensive to hold shows in, so I’m guessing that Reed went with the least expensive area of the Center at the least expensive time of year. And they still had to charge a lot for booths, much more than any other comics show. We (Exhibit A Press) looked into exhibiting and found that a 10′ x 10′ booth was (base rate) $1770 for two days (plus 3 hours on Friday), which is more than we pay for a corner booth in San Diego for four days (plus 2 hours on Wednesday). When you add in the costs of travel, booth setup, shipping, etc. we knew there was no way we could make back even half the costs. And you can see why not too many exhibitors took more than one booth or had the more elaborate setups you might see at other comics shows.
Most of USA Today‘s article is about films and movie people connected to the show, just like San Diego coverage.
I knew someone would bring up Teamsters rumors.
Tom Spurgeon provides a comprehensive link list and insightful analysis if you’d like to read more.
Last, you tell ‘em, John! Brad Metzler puts his foot in his mouth AGAIN at his convention panel. If his rape storyline was so meaningful / significant / well-handled, why is he STILL trying to justify it, and so clumsily, too?