Those of us that were at the NYCC this past weekend are now home again, and we’ll be getting things back on track here over the next few days. Needless to say it was a busy weekend for everyone who was there. One organizer indicated that there was as much as a 25,000 person jump in attendance over the previous year, and I can certainly that believe based on the crowded aisles.
Big thanks to Jason for pointing out the links and announcements from the con. Looks like there are some big projects in store for some Canadian creators later this year like Dale Eaglesham, Francis Manapul, Tom Grummett and more. Bryan Lee O’Malley and Scott Pilgrim 5 were definitely making a big splash all over the news and at the con.
Allison has indicated that she had some great talks with publishers and other companies. Seems like a lot of them know about the Joe Shuster Awards and our goals, and we hope to do more with them over the coming years.
Meanwhile, even though I was bound to the CGC booth for the greater duration of the event working, I was still able to catch up with some of the Canadian guests at the show and the many Canadian collectors and fans that I know who came down for the show. Everyone I spoke to was quite excited to be there and was enjoying the sense of community that these big cons instill.
As far as the overall atmosphere at the con and the US economy, it’s hard to get a finger on it. People were certainly buying, but I’ve heard mixed reviews of just how much and just what. Based on the turnout, it certainly seems that there is still a lot of interest in comic books, graphic novels and related items. Attendees seemed to be very “up” about comics in general, but many seemed put off by the crowds – especially when they had a specific destination to reach.