Wizard World Chicago Comic Con 2014 Photos--Part 1
Published: 08/26/2014 03:47am
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.
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