Rhode Island Comic Con makes a change for 2017

By most accounts, Rhode Island Comic Con was a success in 2016.

It was certainly a success when it comes to attendance. Organizers told NBC 10 News that a record 81,000 people attended the convention, over three days. That's a 35 percent increase over last year's reported 60,000.

Changes in layout seemed to work well, by taking the longest lines for the biggest stars, and putting them on the floor of the Dunkin' Donuts Center in Providence. At the same time, the area was never too crowded, because those stars were coming and going, due to busy schedules.

One part of the convention that drew criticism was the photo op situation. Weeks after the show, customers were complaining about missing photos, incorrect photos, and problems with refunds from the company, Froggy's Photos. Froggy's has since posted a statement on their website, explaining some of the hang-ups. It seems there may have been some underestimating, by one or several parties, when it came to the sheer size of the job.

So, for 2017, RICC has made a change. Professional photo-ops will now be handled by a different company, Celeb Photo Ops. CPO handles many of the international Walker Stalker events, including their cruise event from Miami this past weekend.

Celeb is also working Terror Con, Feb. 26 and 27 at the Rhode Island Convention Center. Terror Con is run by the same people behind RICC, with a sharper focus on horror, and the paranormal. Guests include a solid showing by actors from "The Walking Dead", and horror classics.

As for RICC 2017, tickets are actually already on sale. The guest list is already growing, including David Mazouz, who plays Bruce Wayne on Fox's hit series, "Gotham."

As always, we'll keep you posted on changes and additions to what is quickly becoming one of the biggest local events each year.

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