Is New York Comic Con Bigger Than San Diego Comic-Con?

New York Comic Con sold 169,000 badges to the 2015 convention, according to a report by Publisher Weekly. The show runner, Lance Fensterman commented on the growth from 2014.

The 2015 edition of the New York Comic Con was the biggest yet, with 169,000 tickets sold–up from 151,000 in 2014. Along with even more people, the event—held October 8-11 at the Javits Center–saw more venues used, and the increased presence of branded sponsorships for products far beyond those associated with the world of comics and cosplay,” said Fensterman to Publisher Weekly.

San Diego Comic-Con sells 135,000 tickets to their event. Forbes reports that SDCC puts a name on every ticket sold so the convention knows exactly how many people attend the event.

“The reality is we have well over 130,000 attendees to our show (our badges have names on them) so a four-day badge holder is counted as one unique attendee. This was considered a benefit to exhibitors because it would let them know how many people they could encounter over the course of the event. If we counted unique attendees per day, our number would be way in excess of 300,000 attendees,” said David Glanzer, Director of Marketing and PR for San Diego Comic-Con to Forbes.

ReedPop the promoters behind NYCC count badges sold, whether they are 3-day, 4-day or single day tickets.


Example: Mike buys 2 one-day passes to NYCC, he is counted as 2 different people. Cara buys a four-day pass to SDCC, she is counted as 1 person.

ReedPop and San Diego Comic-Con will need to disclose what type of tickets are sold to determine which convention is larger.

“It was my understanding that there would be no math.” (5:30 mark)

Matthew Sardo
Matthew Sardo
As the founder of Monkeys Fighting Robots, I'm currently training for my next job as an astronaut cowboy. Reformed hockey goon, comic book store owner, video store clerk, an extra in 'Transformers: Dark of the Moon,' 'Welcome Back Freshman,' and for one special day, I was a Ghostbuster.