New York Comic Con descended over New York City for four days, October 6th to October 9th, as it continues to grow. This year’s attendance was 180,000 people, 13,000 more than last year’s count. The pop culture convention, produced by Reedpop, has outgrown the Jacob K. Javits Center, now also having events at the Theater At Madison Square Garden, the Hudson Mercantile, and the Hammerstein Ballroom at The Manhattan Center throughout all four days of the convention.
Thousands attend the convention to see their favorite celebrities in autograph sessions and discussion panels, while others stroll through the aisles searching for their favorite collectibles and hard to find items, free demos of upcoming video games. Others attend the convention to show off their hard-worked costumes, now known as the activity of cosplaying, of their favorite characters from comics, games, and movies. Every year the convention continues to grow, as does the demand to attend. This year implemented a new procedure for attendees to purchase tickets. With multi-day badges still being the cheapest option, and most desired, both 4-day and 3-day badges selling out within an hour.
Preceding New York Comic Con is their Super Week, where vendors across the city’s five boroughs participate in special sponsored events to get the attendees psyched up for the convention’s arrival. Then it all continues after the convention is over, with after parties. Events included cosplay cruise parties, burlesque shows, comedy shows, trivia nights, and small parties at bars and clubs. New York Comic Con is the largest pop culture event now on the East Coast, and definitely an event to experience at least once, should you have the opportunity.
Dates have already been set for next year’s New York Comic Con. It will be October 5th to 8th in 2017, so start planning!