According to show promoter Craig Klotz, the latest Free State Comicon had a higher total attendance of any his previous events. Around 800 fans, workers, dealers, and comics creators were at the show. â€œWe blew the doors off of our old attendance record!â€ Klotz said. â€œOur best show before this was the 2009 Free State show, which had around 550 people. We are very pleased with the turnout!â€
Klotz attributes several factors with increasing attendance at the event, including media coverage and returning the show to September date instead of May. He also cited, â€œThings like the re-branding of the show and re-vamp of the kcfancon.com website, and a larger social media presence. And of course the support of the Kansas and Missouri comic creator community was huge! I think we got the right mix of guests, too.â€
Overall, Klotz was happy to avoid major problems during the show. â€œThings ran very smoothly, which was unexpected,â€ he said. â€œI always expect kinks or mini-crises, but everything fell into place both behind the scenes and during the show.â€
Klotz plans to announce the details for his next event in a few weeks. â€œI can say that the next show will be one of our free KC Fan Con shows, and that it will be our â€˜fall-backâ€™ show on Sunday, November 6th,â€ he said. â€œAs to location and special guest, youâ€™ll have to wait for the announcement.â€
Based on the turn out, the addition of a $3.00 admission fee appears to have had no negative affect on turnout. Previous Free State conventions had free admission.