It was expected before the doors opened on Day 1 of New York Comic Con 2018 and now we have word that it did in fact come true. Publishers Weekly posted an article shortly after the conclusion of the convention that over 250,000 fans took part in all the festivities that NYCC 2018 had to offer back in October, eclipsing the 200,000 fans that attended last year’s event and setting a new attendance record in the process.
More than 250,000 fans purchased tickets to attend New York Comic Con, held October 4-7 at the Javits Convention Center, marking another year of impressive growth for the show. NYCC reported about 200,000 fans in attendance a year ago.
NYCC event director Mike Armstrong told PW, “For NYCC, including our separately ticketed events, we had just over 250,000 fans this year.” The separately ticketed events included ReedPop-sponsored events like NYCC Now (events held throughout the city leading up to the convention) and Studio @ NYCC (smaller events held near Javits); in addition to Anime Fest @ NYCC, a relaunched Asian Pop festival held at Pier 94, which is included in the total attendance.
NYCC continues to improve each and every year thanks to the tireless efforts of everyone associated with the ReedPOP team, the organizers who are also tasked with delivering us Star Wars Celebration. I cannot recommend this convention enough – it is without question one of the main highlights for me every year.
Will this attendance record be broken again in 2019? We shall see!