It’s no secret that comic cons are getting more popular world wide—I just covered the triumph and occasional growing pains in this week’s Comic Con Culture on the Rise. These carnivals of comics provide fans of all ages with a chance to see celebrities, meet cartoonists, buy old swag and dress in elaborate costumes.
We all know that next month’s Comic-Con International: San Diego is the largest show in North America, and that New York’s own Comic-Con (held in October) is a fast rising #2, but what comes after that? Is it long established WonderCon or upstart Phoenix or something else? Using attendance figures from news sources and show-runners, and with the design wizardry of PW’s Matt White, we put together an infographic to show how shows rank and just how many Stormtroopers and Minecraft cosplayers are streaming through the halls of cons in the US and Canada.
Looking at the numbers,the #3 show is Toronto’s Fan Expo Canada, which yearly draws a huge guest list of “nerd-lebrities” (aka stars from movies and TV shows like Doctor Who and Star Trek) from Nathan Fillion (Firefly, Castle) to David Hasselhoff (do I really need to explain?). It’s followed by the fast growing Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle, which draws attendees from a local crowd that includes nerd-friendly companies Microsoft and Amazon.
Any way you slice it, more people are dressing up as Luffy from One Piece and marching around than ever before.
PS: if you think these numbers are big they still don’t touch the biggest shows in Japan (Comicket) Europe (Angoulême) which both draw more than 200,000 fans and readers yearly.