Comic conventions, or “comic cons” for short, have begun to grow in popularity over the years, and while some still wonder what exactly makes comic cons such a popular attraction, passionate fans have always clamored to make it to these conventions. New York Comic Con in particular, which started in 2006, has a history of long lines and sold out tickets. In fact, their very first convention was filled to overflowing, so that the following year they had to double the size of their space.
Now, 10 years later, New York Comic Con may soon surpass San Diego Comic Con’s attendance numbers and become the largest comic con in North America. Last year, nearly 170,000 people attended New York Comic Con, which is more than ten times as many people as attended the original New York Comic Con.
Even with all this hype, some people still don’t get what all the excitement is about, but as you may have noticed over the past few years, you can hardly enter a movie theater without hearing about the next superhero movie. What used to be considered “nerdy” or “dorky” is now widely accepted and even embraced. Besides, who doesn’t want the chance to meet their favorite artist, actor, or writer?
Thanks in part to these comic cons, people have learned not to care what other people think, whether they just wear a Batman t-shirt or go full-blown Galactus with their cosplay. Comic Cons provide attendees with a safe place where they can embrace their passions without ridicule.
Thousands will trek from far and wide for this year’s New York Comic Con in order to meet their favorite celebrities, buy comic books and merchandise, and go to panels to see new trailers and hear what their favorite celebrities have to say. If you can’t go this year, check back with us in the next few days and we’ll tell you all about it!