Comic-Con 2012 only started a week ago today, but it’s already time for the retrospective take on it. CCI’s David Glanzer talked to ICv2 about this year’s show:
Another thing is to make sure that those who really qualify can get it in. Comic-Con has always been known to be friendly in terms of press and pros. We’re getting so many requests, it’s really important that those people who truly qualify have the opportunity to attend. In terms of press, it was a lot more difficult than it’s been in the past, but it’s not fair to somebody who has worked diligently all year to promote and report on comics and related popular art forms, to come in in favor of someone who maybe makes a big splash, but doesn’t report on this all year round… We would love to allow more attendees to come, but it’s not going to do the attendees any good if you don’t have really good professionals. It’s the same thing with exhibitors, too. It’s awful that we have a finite amount of space for exhibitors, because you can’t welcome new exhibitors unless someone shrinks their booth or doesn’t come back, so each one of those categories is really important to us. The idea is that, in the past, where someone may have been a secretary, or someone may have been very loosely related to the industry, could get into the show, we’re trying to be a little more critical of that now.