New York Comic Con & New York Anime Festival
Just thought I'd give everyone a heads up on this. NYCC and NYAF are running October 8-10 this coming fall, and are single admission for both. It looks like they will take over the entire Jacob Javitz Center. I've been to that place for a few other events recently (Toy Fair, NY Auto Show, Fangoria Weekend), and it is huuuuuuuuuuge.
The reason I bring this up 5 months ahead of time is that early bird pricing ends on May 15th. Yeah it only saves you $5-10 but money saved is more money for other things.
In other news, it looks as though Wizard is running their Wizard World convention the same exact weekend. I noticed this a few months ago and did some research into the topic, but I feel as though I don't have the full story. From what I can gather, Wizard (a company based around dying print media) is trying to get make conventions a bigger part of their business. They have always had Wizard World comic shows here and there, but now they have taken to buying out local convention planners all over the country, re-branding their cons, and then adjusting the dates wherever necessary to go head-to-head with other major established conventions. The NY Wizard World is what used to be the Big Apple Comic Con, taken over by Wizard (they ran it in 2009 as well). It looks like they are keeping the Big Apple Comic Con name too.
All of this seems to be a do-or-die effort to snuff out the competition, and leave Wizard with a monopoly on the comic convention scene. Taking a quick peek it looks like they have 12 Wizard Worlds now as part of a national tour, with mostly the same guests. They are trying to give it a broader appeal by bringing in movie stars and athletes wherever possible. Rather than dealing with the hassle of bouncing across town between two cons, I am going to just give NYCC my support and stay there all weekend.
So anyways, grab your tickets while they are cheaper!