On Friday The New York Comic Con announced that for the 2017 edition of the Con they are eliminating multi-day passes and fans will only be able to buy single day tickets. Their announcement on twitter was met with with much disappointment from fans, with many suggesting that this was a way for the convention to get more money. Additionally fans worried that they wouldn’t know which day to buy tickets for, given that generally the schedule and guests are announced after tickets have been sold.
Officially, according to the announcement, the reason for the change is “You may or may not know that the Javits Center is going to be under construction. This means we’ll be working with some space limitations and we want to make sure as many people have the opportunity to buy a ticket and come to the show as possible.”
With that as the justification for the change, two days ago we requested more information from NYCC. Specifically we asked:
- Does the construction mean that there will be fewer vendors, exhibitors, guests and/or artists? If so can you give a percentage of the space reduction?
- If there are fewer vendor spaces does that mean there will be a price increase for booths this year?
- If there are fewer vendors, does that mean the price for the tickets will be lower than last year’s convention?
- Are there concerns that the new single day ticket policy may negatively effect vendors? (IE if a person only has a 1 day ticket their priority may be waiting in line and participating in panels over walking the show floor.)
- Are there concerns that the new single day ticket policy may negatively effect artists? (Both for the reason above, but also because some artists do commissions/sketches based on a priority list and who would be attending the show over multiple days and can pick it up later.)
As of now, NYCC has not responded to our request for additional information. We will update this article if/when they reply.