Organizers at the New York Comic-Con have decided to extend the 2011 show after receiving over 100,000 fans, guests and professionals at the 2010 event. Organizers have decided to extend the event an extra day to allow for more fans and provide additional programming and business opportunities for the artists, creators and exhibitors who are the basis for the success of the show.
The show has had unprecedented growth since it started in 2006 and it now occupies the entire Jacob K. Javits Center. The event has been increased by one day making it last a total of four days. The addition of this extra day will also help the event expand into one of New York City’s biggest annual events.
The dates for the next event are Thursday, October 13 through Sunday, October 16, 2011. The show will also be open to the public for the first time for three full days, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. This gives fans more opportunities to interact with their heroes and also allows show organizers to expand the Cultyard and New York Anime festivals (two shows within the New York Comic-Con) which serve the indie toy and manga communities.
According to Lance Fensterman, Group Vice President for ReedPOP, “NYCC’s expansion to four days is in response to our immense growth. Our show has simply gotten too big to take place in three days. Additionally, the evening hours for professionals on Thursday will provide even more flexibility for both exhibitors and other industry pros to participate in this key part of the show.”
A limited number of fans will have access to the show during the professional hours from 4pm to 7pm on Thursday. There are only a total of 10,000 4-day passes available. These passes provide access to the three public days of the event as well as the one professional day on Thursday. There will be no single-day passes sold for the professional day on Thursday, however, there will be single-day passes for Friday, Saturday and Sunday as well as three day passes for Friday through Sunday. Tickets for the show will be available beginning February 7 at noon.
Source: Convention Scene