Concentrate: This Week in Con News (June 13)

Welcome back to Concentrate, our weekly news feature where we boil down the week’s news from the convention circuit plus share our calendar of the weekend’s upcoming conventions.


We’ll leave the long read this week to The Beat, who have a great breakdown on the how-tos for throwing a good con, and for making it a profitable one.

  • DeviantArt has pulled out as the sponsor of Artists Alley at Comic-Con; they say it’s because they’re focusing on a big new redesign, but it leaves SDCC with the trouble of finding a last-minute sponsor or footing the entire cost of AA themselves. Those tables are provided free of charge to the exhibiting artists.
  • NYCC’s comic-focused sister show Special Edition: NYC had their first show at new venue Pier 94 last weekend, and attendance was way up – 40% up, in fact. Increased attendance doesn’t always translate to increased sales, but ReedPOP’s Mike Armstrong says sales were great in the show’s second year: “According to Armstrong, several well-known creators said that on Saturday they had their best sales day for any convention they’ve ever attended. ‘We’re really happy with the early returns from our exhibitors and creators,’ he told PW.” Of course, the uptick could be attributed to the sheer number of people who came just to buy NYCC tickets after last month’s server meltdown:

SE:NYC held an onsite sale for a few thousand remaining tickets to the sold out fall NYCC show, and that prompted some fans to camp out over night and then wait in a long line.

  • Wizard World continues expanding into every possible venue, perhaps too quickly: they’ve teamed with chat app company Frankly to develop a messaging service that will include group chat and eventually a sort-of social network for their convention attendees. No word on when the app will actually be released.
  • Salon has an interesting piece this week following Dallas Comic Con show director Devin Pike around the convention. It’s always interesting to see a show from the inside out, and Dallas Comic Con is just as hectic for the staff as you’d imagine.

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What’s Happening This Week (Wednesday, June 10 – Tuesday, June 16)

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