March 30, 2018

Indiana Comic Con Back For Fifth Year, Maintains Name After Court Ruling Against Similar Event

Visit Indy says the event has a regional pull – it’s one of many similar conventions hosted in cities around the country. (Photo from Twitter/@indianacomiccon)

Indiana Comic Con kicked off Friday afternoon in downtown Indianapolis. The annual pop-culture convention runs through the weekend.

Lisa Wallace from Visit Indy says the event primarily has a regional pull – it’s one of many similar conventions hosted in cities around the country.

Wallace says since a significant number of tickets are bought on-site, it's too early to make accurate projections on the success of its fifth year. But she says the event has continued to grow since coming to Indianapolis.

"We’re up to about 40,000 attendees that were here on the ground last year, and event organizers are expecting to grow that number this year," Wallace says.

The convention, housed in the Indiana Convention Center, will take up more than 400,000 square feet this year, four times more than its initial showing in 2014.

The convention's estimated economic impact this year, Wallace says, is $2.5 million. She says its continued growth makes organizers confident it will make a return in 2019.

The event has no affiliation with San Diego Comic-Con International, the company that manages the long-running annual convention in California.

In 2014 that company sued a convention in Salt Lake City over claims that its name, which dodged trademark issues by removing the hyphen in “Comic-Con,” should still be considered a trademark infringement.

Late last year a judge ruled in favor of Comic-Con International, prompting the Salt Lake City event to change its name.

Indiana Comic Con, along with four other conventions managed by the event planning agency Imaginarium, uses the same naming convention that prompted the lawsuit.

A spokesperson for Imaginarium tells WFYI she is unaware of the issue, and unaware of any discussions at the company about preemptively changing their branding.

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