Question #2 – Do you believe the pop culture con bubble is about to burst? Is this something that you believe could impact smaller and/or larger conventions?
Mike Olivares – Tucson Comic-Con: I feel like it has already busted and people are adjusting and now choosing which shows they want to attend and exhibit at. Variety is always good, but sometimes over saturation can effect the fan base and leave people feeling thinned out and maybe even a little stressed on having to pick and choose. Even more so for a family the attends conventions regularly.
John Lester – Game On Expo: I believe as long as a con creates a great experience for the attendees, vendors, and guests, that there will always be a market and interest for people wanting to attend. Most people, including myself, enjoy attending these cons to hang out with friends and enjoy the overall experience. It’s when a pop culture con loses focus on the show’s identity, where a con can struggle; whether it’s a big or small con. There will always be an interest in gaming, and as long as that’s the case, Game On Expo will be around.
Hal Astell – LepreCon43/Westercon 70: The pop culture con bubble has already burst for opportunists. Anyone aiming to get rich out of it now is going to find that they’ve missed the boat.
However, what Phoenix Comicon has achieved, fueled by mainstream adoption of geekdom, has allowed others to grow in its shadow. That’s not going to stop.
There’s opportunity here for cons which aim to serve niches that PHXCC can’t or won’t. We’re already seeing that. And there’s opportunity for those with goals of fundraising or community outreach, like the little comicons popping up at schools and libraries all over the state. They already have venues so their costs are low and they’re right there in your town.