Philadephia comic con…where are the comics?

Posted: May 23, 2011 in All, Comic Books
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I got the post card for the Philadelphia Comic Con this week. On the front, there are 10 small pictures of comic creators. On the back, a ton of actors, actresses and wrestlers.

I’m not the first person to complain about this. And no offense to Pam Grier, but how are we supposed to keep the comic industry afloat when you have to bring in non-comic related celebrities to boost sales?

You want more people to come to your shows, so you grab some movie stars. That raises the prices. Which raises the ticket prices for the people who are only going to see comics. And it reduces the amount of money with which they buy comics.

I guess it could be argued that without the stars, the shows might go bankrupt.

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  1. Jerry Atchkins says:

    I don’t understand your point, or any of your arguments. Is it good or bad?

    “I got the post card for the Philadelphia Comic Con this week. On the front, there are 10 small pictures of comic creators. On the back, a ton of actors, actresses and wrestlers.”

    So half the ad is dedicated to comic artists and creators? In a show where they usually just feature the celebrities? Not bad!

    “I’m not the first person to complain about this. And no offense to Pam Grier, but how are we supposed to keep the comic industry afloat when you have to bring in non-comic related celebrities to boost sales?”

    If bringing in celebrities boost sales, why *are* you complaining?

    “You want more people to come to your shows, so you grab some movie stars. That raises the prices. Which raises the ticket prices for the people who are only going to see comics. And it reduces the amount of money with which they buy comics.”

    I don’t get it, do you want more people to come, or do you raise prices? I thought raising prices would bring fewer people??

    “I guess it could be argued that without the stars, the shows might go bankrupt.”

    Or not have a show at all.

  2. My gut reaction is that I’m upset with it. That probably comes from being the small press guy watching people line up for a celebrity, but not a creative person.

    But the reason my post lost its focus is because I feel pretty ambivalent. If big shows want to have big names, that’s fine. Really, it is. Maybe it lends them some credence. Me, I go for the comics. Other people go for other things. It’s just strange how many “other things” there are at these shows. Some people get really excited to see the models.

    When I mentioned the thing about raising prices, I just always wonder: How much of my entry fee is going toward people I don’t care about? Maybe it’s not a lot. With the cost of renting space, staffing and insurance, it might not be. I don’t know.

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