New_York_Comic_Con_logo.svgThe New York Com­ic Con is a for-prof­it event pro­duced and man­aged by Reed­POP, a divi­sion of Reed Exhi­bi­tions and Reed Else­vi­er, and is not affil­i­at­ed with the long run­ning non-prof­it San Diego Com­ic-Con, nor the Big Apple Con­ven­tion, lat­er known as the Big Apple Com­ic-Con, owned by Wiz­ard Enter­tain­ment. Reed­POP is involved with oth­er events, includ­ing Chica­go Com­ic & Enter­tain­ment Expo (C2E2) and PAX Dev/PAX East/PAX Prime.

The first con was held in 2006 at the Jacob K. Jav­its Con­ven­tion Cen­ter. Due to Reed Exhi­bi­tions’ lack of expe­ri­ence with com­ic con­ven­tions (they pri­mar­i­ly dealt with pro­fes­sion­al trade shows pri­or to 2006), atten­dance was far more than antic­i­pat­ed, and the main exhi­bi­tion hall could only hold 10,000. Despite crowd­ing on Fri­day after­noon, tick­ets con­tin­ued to be sold due to low pre-reg num­bers (4,500), and the non-count­ing of pro­fes­sion­als and exhibitors. The main exhi­bi­tion hall hit capac­i­ty Sat­ur­day morn­ing and was locked by the fire mar­shals until peo­ple left, with the lock­down end­ing in the after­noon. Major guests, includ­ing Kevin Smith and Frank Miller, could not enter the main hall. The line to enter the con­ven­tion wrapped around the build­ing with waits of two hours to enter, and many were turned away. Tick­et sales for Sun­day were sus­pend­ed. Reed announced that addi­tion­al space would be acquired for the 2007 show.

The sec­ond con was held in 2007, with the con­ven­tion orga­niz­er book­ing dou­ble the floor space than the pre­vi­ous year’s space, and mov­ing to the upper lev­el of the Jav­its Cen­ter. The show on Fri­day was again only open to indus­try and press until 4 p.m., when it opened to the pub­lic. Due to bet­ter plan­ning, advance tick­et sales were con­trolled, and the con­ven­tion sold out for Sat­ur­day. Lines start­ed form­ing at mid­night Sat­ur­day to enter the con­ven­tion, and by Sat­ur­day morn­ing, there was an 2 hour wait in 20 degree tem­per­a­tures to enter. Crowd­ing was a prob­lem in the Artists Alley, which was off the main con­ven­tion floor, caus­ing it to be moved to the main floor for 2008. The Amer­i­can Ani­me Awards, host­ed by New York Com­ic Con, was held on Feb­ru­ary 24 at the New York­er Hotel, dur­ing the Com­ic Con.

800px-NYCC_2007The third con held in 2008 moved to April, con­tin­ued to grow (expand­ing space by 50%), and occu­pied most of the main lev­el in the Jav­its Cen­ter. Stan Lee was award­ed the inau­gur­al New York Comics Leg­end Award at the Times Square Vir­gin Mega­s­tore before the Com­ic Con. Kids’ Day pro­gram­ming was added to the con­ven­tion on Sun­day with the help of Kid­s’s Com­ic Con. The fourth con held in 2009 returned to Feb­ru­ary and fea­tured a char­i­ty art auc­tion to sup­port the The Hero Initiative.

Due to sched­ul­ing con­flicts with the Jav­its Cen­ter for spring dates and the cre­ation of the Chica­go Com­ic & Enter­tain­ment Expo by Reed, New York Com­ic Con was moved to Octo­ber for Hal­loween start­ing in 2010. The New York Ani­me Fes­ti­val, pre­vi­ous­ly an sep­a­rate event cre­at­ed by Reed, was also merged into Com­ic Con. Reg­is­tra­tion for the com­bined events was 190 per­cent ahead of 2009’s num­bers, con­ven­tion space was increased by an addi­tion­al 40 per­cent, and the ani­me fes­ti­val was moved to the low­er lev­el of the Jav­its. The main floor of the con­ven­tion cen­ter was split by a large con­struc­tion area due to repairs to the Jav­its Center.