33,000 comic fans and industry insiders attended the 2006 New York Comic-Con and even more people are expected in 2007. Wizard Universe reports that the organizers of the event are expanding the space to allow the con to double in size.
After the show's overwhelming success earlier this year, when nearly 33,000 people attended the event—forcing fire marshals to turn ticket holders and exhibitors away at one point on Saturday because of overcrowding—the organizers of the con have decided to move its location to the more spacious third floor of the Jacob Javits Center, which will double the Con's size and allow more booth space to be rented when the show bows on Feb. 23-25.
"For a first time show, normally the worry is will anyone show up," said Greg Topalian, Group Vice President in charge of Launch Pad for Reed Exhibitions. "It was quite the opposite."
But for the 2007 edition of the show, there will be room for twice as many booths, the aisles will be twice the size and the lobby will be five times the size to make it feel less congested. Also, tickets bought ahead of time will be mailed directly to purchasers to make it easier to enter, and tickets will be cheaper for those who purchase ahead of time, a move strongly suggested by show officials.
"The more that we sell in advance, the easier it is to say to others that we're sold out," said Topalian. "That way they don't come down, park, and waste a day."
It is logical the cons organizers would want to expand after they sold out the 2006 convention. You can read more about the 2007 New York Comic-Con here.