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New York Comic Con Registration is Live on Website

Next Show is 118 Days Away (“but who's counting??”)

Norwalk, CT, October 10, 2008: Officials at New York Comic Con have today announced that registration for the next show, which will take place February 6 – 8 at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York City, is now live on the website. “We've just wrapped up a great show with New York Anime Festival, and now it's full steam ahead to New York Comic Con with 118 days to go, but who's counting??” exclaims Lance Fensterman, the con organizer. “We have lots of announcements coming over the next few months, some terrific guests, and fabulous special events and programs. That said, it's never too early to sign up for our event! We are live and ready to go and we're looking forward to seeing everyone for another great NYCC in February.”

Show organizers note that ticket sales are now open online and that major area comic retailers will stock tickets in the near future. Fan prices are: Weekend, $50; Friday, $30; Saturday, $40; Sunday, $30; Kids Day (Sunday), free for children 12 and under.

Trade Professional registration is also open and is exclusively available for retailers, dealers, librarians and educators. Entrance for these buyers is free on Friday for the trade hours (10am – 1pm) and $10 for a weekend pass. Fensterman notes that the new nominal fee is to assure that those trade pros electing for a weekend pass truly intend to use it to assure that as many fan passes as possible may be sold. Licensing agents, corporate buyers, and publishing professionals are all invited to use the pro hours on Friday as well. Professional creators are also welcome to apply for complimentary registration through November 15th on the New York Comic Con Web site. Applications will be reviewed and passes issued by January 1. After November 15th all professional creators will be asked to either obtain a badge through the publisher they are working with or purchase one.

Show organizers note that new early access passes, VIP packages and other limited ticket options will be announced in the near future when guests and special programs are confirmed. These special packages can easily be added to your ticket purchase.

Show hours for the general public are Friday, February 6, 3:00pm – 7:00pm; Saturday, February 7, 10:00am – 7:00pm; and Sunday, February 8, 10:00am – 5:00pm.

For purchasing tickets please visit: www.nycomiccon.com.

The New York Anime Festival (NYAF), which just concluded on September 28th and which is also organized by the NYCC staff, attracted an audience of 18,399 people, which represents a 24% increase in attendance over the show's launch last year (December, 2007) which brought in just over 14,000. Meanwhile, the last New York Comic Con which was held April 18 – 20, 2008, attracted approximately 64,000 people which was up from approximately 49,000 in 2007. In 2008 NYCC was 270,000 square feet and included 450 exhibitors. “We are fully expecting to have another bigger and even more active New York Comic Con in February,” Fensterman concludes. “The anticipation from exhibitors and guests, to say nothing of the fans, has been tremendous and so we're feeling very energized.”

ABOUT NEW YORK COMIC CON: New York Comic Con (February 6 - 8 at the Jacob K. Javits Center) is the East Coast's biggest and most exciting popular culture event. An enormous show floor plays host to top entertainment industry leaders showcasing the latest and greatest in comics, graphic novels, anime, manga, video games, toys, movies, television, and more. New York Comic Con gives attendees access to top entertainment industry talent, panels, and autograph sessions as well as sneak peaks at upcoming television shows and motion pictures. And with dedicated professional hours, New York Comic Con provides an ideal business setting for the major players in the worlds of comics, film, and television.

ABOUT REED EXHIBITIONS: Reed Exhibitions is the world's leading events organizer. In 2007 Reed brought together over six million industry professionals from around the world generating billions of dollars in business. Today Reed events are held in 38 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific, and organized by 39 fully staffed offices.

Reed organizes a wide range of events, including exhibitions, conferences, congresses and meetings. Its portfolio of over 500 events serves 47 industry sectors, including: Aerospace & aviation, automobiles, building & construction, electronics, energy, engineering, entertainment, environment, food & hospitality, gifts, healthcare, IT, jewelry, life sciences & pharmaceuticals, property, manufacturing, medical education, packaging & converting, printing & visual communication, security, sports & recreation, travel.

Working closely with professional bodies, trade associations and government departments Reed ensures that each and every event is targeted and relevant to industry needs. As a result, many Reed events are market leaders in their field.

Reed Exhibitions is part of Reed Elsevier Group plc, a FTSE-100 company and world-leading publisher and information provider. In 2006, Reed Elsevier made adjusted profit before taxation of £1,052 million on turnover of £5,398 million.

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