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The two-day "Special Edition: NYC" convention is scheduled for the Javits Center on June 14 and 15, and will be a pure celebration of comic books, taking the inaugural convention back to the roots of comic cons.
In a response to criticism over major comic book conventions straying away from comic books, ReedPOP's global vice president Lance Fensterman said on the event's website that the pure comic-focused show will meet consumer demand for more comic book experiences.
"New York Comic Con has grown to include so much more than comic books — it is the ultimate pop culture event," the ReedPOP VP said. "Special Edition: NYC will give comic book fans an intimate destination to meet with publishers and special guests. It's creation is meeting consumer demand for more comic book experiences and build upon our mission to provide fans of all kinds the very best in experiential events."
"This new comic book festival will provide fans the opportunity to connect with artists, socialize with fellow collectors in a unique setting and search for those always hard to find back issues," the press release said. "The event is a pure celebration of comic book culture created specifically for die-hard comic book fans, creators and publishers."
A list of special guests scheduled to appear at the convention has already been announced, including Tony S. Daniel (Action Comics), Brian Wood (DMZ), Alex Maleev (Daredevil), Dustin Nguyen (Batman: Li'l Gotham), Kyle Higgins (Nightwing), Frank Cho (Savage Wolverine), Greg Pak (Action Comics), James Tynion IV(Batman Eternal), Jenny Frison (Revival), Joe Eisma (Morning Glories), Joe Harris (The X-Files: Season 10), Marguerite Bennett (Batman Annual No. 2), Michael Moreci (Hoax Hunters), Mike Norton (Revival), Nick Bradshaw (Wolverine and the X-Men), Rafael Albuquerque (American Vampire), Ramon K. Perez (Wolverine and the X-Men), Ryan Stegman (Wolverine), Ryan Browne (God Hates Astronauts), and Tim Seeley (Revival).
Last year's New York Comic Con reportedly attracted more than 130,000 attendees over the weekend-long convention, bringing in an estimated $70 million impact on New York City according to the press release, and making it roughly the same size as Comic-Con International in San Diego, CA.
Tickets are on sale now and are selling out fast for $30 single-day on Saturday and Sunday, and only $5 for kids. The $100 VIP package, which sold out within hours of going on sale, will get you in early all weekend, an official special edition poster signed by the artist, and a special edition variant comic book.
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