We love visiting comic conventions or fan expos, especially artist alleys. Of course, I love buying nerdy collectibles, snatching autographs, or meeting celebrities. The most brilliant aspect of these conventions is the community. When you enter any geek convention, it is incredible to witness how people of all races, gender, religion, ethnicity, age, and political belief blend together for pure geeky awesomeness. Here is a list of the top 10 Comic Conventions in the USA.
10. Florida Supercon
Held annually in Miami, Florida, Florida Supercon is one of the largest comic conventions in the Southeast. It typically attracts over 50,000 attendees and features a rich schedule, including panels, screenings, and special events/signings with creators, actors, and celebrities. There are many things to do at Florida Supercon, no matter what you’re into! The list includes artist alleys, after-dark activities, cosplaying, a gaming zone, drawing workshops for kids, and so much more.
9. Fan Expo Denver
Held annually in Denver, Colorado, Fan Expo Denver, formerly Denver Pop Culture Con and Denver Comic Con, is one of the largest comic conventions in the Rocky Mountain region. The massive three-day convention attracts over 100,000 attendees. The convention includes celebrity panels, seminars with professional creators and actors, visiting artists, workshops with comic book professionals, and the Reel Heroes Independent Filmmakers Series. Elements of the convention floor comprise celebrity autographs, large areas like “Artist Valley” and “Celebrity Summit,” comic book dealers and collectibles merchants, and fan-based cosplayer groups like the 501st Legion.
8. Fan Expo Boston
Fan Expo Boston, formerly Boston Comic Con, is a multigenre convention held annually in Boston, Massachusetts. The event is one of the largest comic conventions on the East Coast. Primarily focused on comic books, FEB features media guests from film and television, cosplayers, an art auction, a tabletop/CCG/RPG gaming room, and an annual costume contest. Experience three wild days of citywide events, family-friendly attractions, and world-renowned celebrities await.
7. Fan Expo Dallas
Formerly known as Dallas Comic Con (or DCC for short), Fan Expo Dallas is a three-day event and one of the largest comic conventions in the Southwest. The fun-filled “fan culture” event typically attracts more than 60,000 attendees. It features a wide range of family-friendly attractions, world-renowned celebrity panels, question and answer sessions, autograph sessions, a vast artist alley, and many special events from comics, anime, and gaming.
6. Atlanta Comic Con
Held annually at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia, ATL Comic Con is one of the largest comic conventions in the Southeast. ATL Comic Con typically attracts over 90,000 attendees. Featured exhibitors cater to a broad spectrum of interests, including comic books, magazines, toys, games, Star Wars, Star Trek, anime, manga, cosplay, artwork, sketches, and apparel. In addition, a roster of comic industry professionals and comic-related celebrities are in attendance for meet-and-greets and signings.
The Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2) is held annually in Chicago, Illinois, and is one of the largest comic conventions in the Midwest. The weekend-long event draws over 90,000 attendees and features a wide range of exhibitors, artists, panels, cosplayers, and special events with creators and celebrities from comics, cosplay, gaming, wrestling, anime, and so much more. C2E2 Crown Championships of Cosplay claims to be the world’s largest and most prestigious cosplay competition.
4. Emerald City Comicon
Held annually in downtown Seattle, Washington, at the Seattle Convention Center, ECCC is one of the largest comic conventions on the West Coast. The three-day convention typically attracts over 90,000 attendees and features an expansive range of nerdiness, including a colossal artist alley, screenings, and exhibitions with creators, actors, and other celebrities from comics, film, anime, television, and gaming.
Comic-Con International: WonderCon – held annually in Anaheim, California, is a sister event to San Diego Comic-Con. It typically attracts over 60,000 attendees and embraces the main aspects of SDCC range of programming, including panels, workshops, and special events with celebrities from comics, movies, TV, animation, the Masquerade, and more.
2. New York Comic Con
Starting in 2006, NYCC has been held annually in New York City and is one of the East Coast’s largest and most popular comic conventions. The event typically attracts over 200,000 attendees and features a wide range of programming, including various panels, workshops, gaming, and special events. Award-winning celebrities from western comics, graphic novels, manga, video games, cosplay, toys, movies, and television join in on the fun.
1. San Diego Comic-Con International
Held annually in San Diego, California, San Diego Comic-Con International is one of the world’s largest and longest-running comic conventions. SDCC typically attracts over 150,000 attendees and features a wide range of exhibitors, including panels, workshops, and special events with creators, Hollywood elite, and other iconic celebrities from comics, anime, toys, film, television, and pop culture. In addition to attracting oversized crowds, this Comic Con holds several Guinness World Records, including being the largest annual comic and pop culture festival in the world