Comics, Collectibles, Cosplay: The Crazy World Of Fan Conventions

Every year film and TV buffs, comic book fanatics, manga/anime enthusiasts and miscellaneous other groups travel in their hundreds-of-thousands to some of the world’s most prominent fan conventions. MrGamez has created an infographic to show where these events take place, their history, the average ticket price and what happens from year to year.

The locations of these conventions are a reflection of the global market for film, TV and comics with USA and Japan hosting the majority of these events. However, many take place across Europe and Asia for fans of competition gaming, anime and illustration. In their research MrGamez looked at the specific appeal of each convention, and what lures fans back year after year.

Merchandise Madness – Top of the rankings with over 550,000+ attendances every year, Tokyo’s Comiket is world-famous for its market for rare collectables relating to anime, manga and dōjinshi (self-published comics). Since its first event in 2014, AnimeJapan is another convention in Tokyo that sells comic-related items attracting a slightly lower 145,000 turnout.

Cosplay is King – New York Comic Con hosts the Eastern Championships of Cosplay where the winner gets $5,000 and goes onto compete at the Global Championships in Chicago. Aficionados across the pond can participate at the MCM London Comic Con EuroCosplay Championships.
Stars of the Silver Screen – Where can you spend a weekend in the presence of Game of Thrones’ Cersei Lannister, Doctor Who and Harry Potter’s Neville Longbottom? Toronto Fan Expo Canada angles more towards fans of film with these special guests serving as an example of some of the event’s highlights.

Europe on the map – Outside of North America and Asia, convention-goers favor the event in Cologne, Germany with over 345,000 paying at least €18 for the best that interactive games and entertainment have to offer. Other features on the European agenda are  in Tuscany, Italy, Japan Expo in Paris, Barcelona Games World and the previously mentioned MCM London Comic Con.

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