After two years, the Special Edition: NYC show has been put on hold. ReedPOP announced the change during an interview with ComicBook.com, stating that the smaller, comics-focused show will not take place in 2016 so that the company can instead focus on making this year’s NYCC a larger event.
Launched in 2014, Special Edition: NYC took place in the summer and focused specifically on comics. The two-day convention focused on comic book creators, publishers, retailers and fans; a second SE: NYC took place in 2015. The resources spent to make Special Edition: NYC happen will instead be refocused on October’s New York Comic Con.
Over the past few years, NYCC has grown in size, rivaling and surpassing San Diego’s Comic Con International in attendance. But in order to accommodate this growth, New York Comic Con needs the Jacob Javits Center to increase its square footage — and that’s not totally guaranteed to happen. Instead, NYCC plans to continue to expand outwards into New York City, with more events held outside of the convention center.
“I really want to get New York Comic-Con all over the city,” said Lance Fensterman, Global Senior Vice President of ReedPOP. “We’ve been chipping away at that, with some success. Being in Hammerstein Ballroom and programming content there, great. Getting some of the NYC Super Week events out there. We really want to take a big step forward in kind of growing outside of the Javits Center, because that’s the only place we can grow. But really taking that event much more city-wide is a big goal.”
Fensterman cited demand for NYCC tickets as one reason to expand the show beyond the show floor’s borders. “It’s more stuff for more people,” he said. “There’s such a demand for tickets that we can’t satisfy. We want more people to be able to enjoy the show. For those people that are at the show, we want more content. More stuff for them to do. More of what they crave and love. Our canvas is pretty packed right now if our canvas is just the Javits Center.”
This year’s NYCC is scheduled for October 6-9; New York Super Week events begin on October 3.
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