- Posted by Johanna on April 30, 2006 at 8:44 pm
- Category: Comic News
Peter David wonders:
Has anyone been noticing a general drop in attendance at conventions, or is it only the ones where I’m guest of honor?
It’s an interesting question. Of course, it has nothing to do with Peter David, because when I’ve seen him at shows, he’s a terrific guest, very entertaining and outgoing. But these days, so many things that used to happen only at conventions are easier to do in other ways:
* Look for back issues? It’s a lot easier to have a computer do the searching through Google or ebay than spending hours on the floor looking through pawed-over stock, and you’ll find a bigger variety of comics online, often at prices as good. And if you’re female, you don’t have to put up with those few retailers who assume you’re looking for Sandman or whose eyes never meet yours.
* Meet big names? Why wait in a long line for a five-minute handshake and signature when you can hang out and maybe get noticed at the pro’s message board?
* Meeting like-minded fans? Again, message boards are year-round and much more cost-effective.
Ok, no one’s yet found a good substitute for late-night bar-hopping. What else keeps you going to conventions? And have attendance levels really dropped?