Wizard World Chicago 2009 – What Happened to the Exhibitors?
A friend of mine recently commented that DC and Marvel didn’t have booths at the Wizard World Philadelphia show and that neither company was listed as an exhibitor at Wizard World Chicago, either. Well, today (7/7/09), I took a look at Wizard’s site.
It used to be that Wizard would list “Exhibitors & Small Press” and “Retailers” as separate categories. Well, have a look at the 2009 “Exhibitors” list. I’m counting 99 “exhibitors,” mostly retailers. In fact, 16 of those exhibitors were even added after 6/01/09. So prior to June, mathematics would lead me to believe they only had 83 exhibitors signed up.
Is that low? I dug my print copy of the 2007 Wizard World Chicago program. I counted 75 entries in the Exhibitors & Small Press” list and 165 entries in the “Retailers” list. That’s 240 exhibitors in the 2007 program and only 99 entries on the website for this year’s show. Well, they have about a month to make up the difference.
I’m not saying the publisher turn-out is poor, but here are the publishers whose names I recognize this year’s list:
Top Shelf Productions
If there’s another publisher on the list, I apologize, I didn’t recognize their name. I also see a listing for 360ep, which I believe is the company Bill Jemas founded after leaving Marvel, but I’m unaware of any comics they’re currently publishing. Perhaps an announcement is in the offing?
Publishers that exhibited in 2007 that aren’t listed for 2009?
- DC Comics
- Marvel Entertainment Group
- Dark Horse Comics
- Top Cow
- Boom! Studios
- Devil’s Due (they’re even a Chicago company)
- Dabble Brothers Productions
Dynamite, Fantagraphics, IDW and Oni, in fairness, don’t usually have booths at Wizard World Chicago.
I’m at a loss for what the publisher area is going to look like. I’m used to walking into the Rosemont Convention Center and seeing the DC booth. Not going to be a lot of action from the usual suspects. My best guess is Avatar takes over the entrance.
Well, if you’ve been to Wizard World Chicago in the last couple years, you’ll probably recall Artist Alley was getting more traffic than earlier years, so you figure maybe some of the people that would normally be at the DC/Marvel/Dark Horse/Image booth might be sitting there. And I did, just glancing through, notice writers Jason Aaron and Chris Yost as having space in the alley. Still, counting the number of artists currently on the site I found 386 names. 91 of them were marked as being added after July 1st. That’s a pretty hefty last minute percentage.
How many artists were listed in the 2007 program? I counted 698.
|Percentage of 2007|
|2007 Exhibitors: 240||2009 Exhibitors: 99||41%|
|2007 Artist Alley: 698||2009 Artist Alley: 386||55%|
I sure hope they get some more late sign-ups. That’s pretty sad.
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