Comic Con organizers to host comics-only NYC convention

A General View of Atmosphere during Philadelphia Comic Con 2013 - Day 2 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center on May 31, 2013 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.   Credit: Getty Images
Credit: Getty Images

New York Comic Con, that explosion of pop culture geekery and cosplay that takes Midtown by storm every year, has become a gargantuan event that celebrates everything from genre-based television shows like “Game of Thrones” and “Doctor Who” to summer blockbusters like “The Hunger Games” and “The Avengers.”

With celebrities galore in attendance, it has become less a destination for devoted comic book fans and more a mainstream venue for the cool kids. But this year, convention organizer ReedPop is going back to basics by hosting a new, smaller convention focused exclusively on comics.

The inaugural festival, known as “Special Edition: NYC,” will take place from June 14-15 at Javits Center North and will target a more specialized audience than New York Comic Con, which attracted more than 130,000 people last year.

“New York Comic Con has grown to include so much more than comic books — it is the ultimate pop culture event,” said Lance Fensterman, global senior vice president of ReedPop. “Special Edition: NYC will give comic book fans an intimate destination to meet with publishers and special guests.”

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