|The Big Blue Bear watches crowds gather for Denver Comic Con 2015. Credit: The Full Bleed.|
Welcome to the show notes for Issue 29 of +The Full Bleed, which goes between the panels to review and put in context the numbers from this year's Denver Comic Con. Specifically:
- Last year DCC attracted 86,500 fans, up 41.8% over 2013's 61,000. This year, attendance jumped another 18% to 101,500. According to the Unofficial SDCC Blog, only three other cons have drawn a six-figure audience: San Diego Comic Con, New York Comic Con, and Toronto's Fan Expo.
- Interestingly enough, the latest quarterly report from Wizard World shows that revenue in the March quarter rose 17.9% year-over-year as the company added four new shows. Coincidence? Perhaps, but it does appear as though cons are up across the board. (With one caveat: Wizard reported a roughly 50% decline in revenue per con; management hasn't proven it can squeeze profits from its newest shows.)
- Meanwhile, Visit Denver estimates that DCC created $20 million in net economic impact in 2014. Will this year's 18% bump in attendance translate to similar gains in economic impact? If so, it would put DCC 2015's contribution somewhere between $23 and $24 million. I'll post an update when we have one.
- Also, as mentioned in the video, I highly recommend Rob Salkowitz's book on the business of cons, comics, and pop culture. Get your copy here.