The show we found on this year’s annual day trip to Chicago suburb Rosemont for Wizard World Chicago Comic Con (nee Chicago Comicon) was bigger once again, with the exhibit floor some 40% larger than it was in 2013, according to convention organizers. A lot of that additional space was taken up by booths directed at the general public that seems to be an increasing part of the audience at some comic conventions. Apparel and jewelry were two of the biggest categories, but everything from a barber shop to a smoke shop were set up on the floor this year, demonstrating the belief, at least among some exhibitors, that you didn’t really need to be selling products or services that had anything to do with comics to make money at a comic show.
All that variety was arranged for discovery, with no real clustering of particular types of booths in a single area. For example, comic dealers were spread out, and none of them were where they had been the previous years.
Booth prices were up, according to exhibitors, which some believed was squeezing out the low end of the prices at the show, and we did see fewer discounted comics, graphic novels, and toys than we had in years past.
Comic publishers are still limited, with only a handful with booths at the show.
This was a very interesting display at one of the Graham Crackers Comics booths. Owner Jamie Graham told us that he saw it as a way to appeal to the casual consumers. As in his stores, he uses the display to help direct neophytes to the most popular titles, so they can read what the more knowledgeable fans are reading.
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Posted by ICv2 on August 26, 2014 @ 2:47 am CT
Week of June 27, 2017
June 26, 2017
This week’s home entertainment offerings include the first blockbuster film to feature LGBT and autistic superheroes, the big screen adaptation of the CHiPs TV series, a twenty-years-on look at the characters from Danny Boyle’s Trainspotting , a horror film written by Guardians of the Galaxy helmer James Gunn, the third season of Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan’s underrated medical/horror series The Strain , and a major slate of anime release.
'Wonder Woman' Continues to Impress
June 25, 2017
The growing difference between the performance of would-be blockbuster films in North America and in the rest of the world was in full view this weekend as Michael Bay’s Transformers: The Last Knight managed the oxymoronic task of “bombing” while topping the North American box office.