For the first time in nearly 20 years? I'm not even sure--probably back to the 80's, and definitely before I started working here in 1996. Anyway, what I'm talking about is HeroesCon ticket prices, which for our 2009 show have gone up.
HeroesCon 09 ticket prices will be $15 a day, or $30 for a 3-day pass. Although, to ease the blow for our longtime patrons, we're offering an advance 3-day pass price of $25 for all persons who have paid by December 31st of this year. So if you buy early, your price only goes up by $5.
Not to sing the blues after a hugely successful show which people are still talking about, but you'd be surprised at how little money we actually make organizing the convention. Besides the incredible cost of just renting the hall for a few days, there are a million other costs involved, from tables and booths to hotel rooms to advertising, printing, and everything else. Part of what makes our show so great is that Shelton and the rest of us throw ourselves into it year-round, not only our backs (and in my case, carpal tunnels), but wallets as well.
2009 is already set to be a giant year--sure, we say that every year. But every year it's true--our convention has grown by leaps and bounds over the last five years. And with Brian Michael Bendis and Jeff Smith already on the list for next year (you may not have heard this if you weren't at this year's HeroesCon, but I'll "officially" announce it pretty soon) among a bunch of other big names, 2009 will be one of the biggest comics events on the East Coast next year. We feel confident that you guys will all come with us on this one, and help us pay some bills and (maybe) even have some profit left over afterward! That's what business is all about, after all, although it's good to have a great time at your business, too!
Tickets for HeroesCon 2009 are available right now, so go on and buy some, already!
Also, see the relevant pages for similar increases in our Exhibitor Booth pricing and Small Press Table pricing. Hey, we wouldn't ask the fans to shoulder it all by themselves!