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Last year, convention hopefuls were frustrated by glitches and rapid sellouts of multi-day passes as producer ReedPop was faced by unprecedented demand: Four-day tickets sold out in eight weeks in 2013, compared to just 40 minutes in 2014. When additional tickets were later offered at select retailers, beginning with Midtown Comics in Manhattan, thousands lined up for what was described as “a very nerdy Black Friday.”
The first wave of guests includes Rafael Albuquerque, Frank Cho, Joe Eisma, Jenny Frison, Alex Maleev, Dustin Nguyen, Mike Norton, Greg Pak, Tim Seeley, Charles Soule and Brian Wood.
ReedPOP, producers of New York Comic Con and the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo, anticipate 10,000 to 15,000 attendees for each of the two days of Special Edition: NYC, which they bill as a “pure comic-focused show.”
“It’s really about creators, artists, dealers and some publishers,” Lance Fensterman, ReedPOP’s global vice president, told Comic Book Resources last week. “We’re trying to keep it really pure to comics, [with] a little bit of kind of an indie bent to it. Just something for that pure comic fan, and something for the creator community.”
Like New York Comic Con, which last year attracted a reported 130,000 people over four days, Special Edition: NYC will be held at the Jacob Javits Center. NYCC 2014 is scheduled for Oct. 9-12.