Geekdom in paradise: Puerto Rico Comic Con proves to be a haven for retailers and exhibitors seeking new customers

Puerto Rico Comic Con 2016
San Juan, Puerto Rico – As pop culture conventions seemingly continue to decline in scope and reach, Puerto Rico Comic Con (PRCC) defies this trend by providing retailers and exhibitors a unique value proposition fueled by fifteen consecutive years of growth. This pattern, in combination with the potential to tap into a new pool of hungry consumers, is one of many reasons why retailers and exhibitors are increasingly flocking to the region’s top entertainment event.
Ahead of PRCC’s 15th anniversary (May 26-28, 2017 at the Puerto Rico Convention Center in San Juan, Puerto Rico), Ricardo Carrión, the show’s executive producer, noted that this year’s event promises to be the biggest one yet, with special guests from all areas of the entertainment industry, an international cosplay competition, a specialized video game conference, and much more, from which retailers and exhibitors stand to benefit.
According to Carrión, attendance has grown almost 20% year-to-year since 2012, with last year’s show topping out at almost 50,000 attendees. This pattern has caught the attention of retailers and exhibitors seeking a new breed of customers, with many exhibitors coming to the Caribbean island from Japan, Hong Kong, California, Illinois, Costa Rica, México, Panama, and others.
2016 Special Guest, Lana Parrilla.
Carrión attributes this phenomenon to Puerto Rico’s market peculiarities: “The island is a point of convergence of U.S. and Latin American culture, resulting in fans that are highly knowledgeable of, and passionate about, pop culture trends worldwide. As such, we are voracious consumers of all things geek. Despite global economic trends, Puerto Ricans still rank among the top spenders in entertainment, especially film, videogames, anime and manga, comics, all manner of collectibles, and more.”
A paradise for retailers and exhibitors.
Puerto Rico Comic Con is much more than a convention. The island’s idyllic location and year-round tropical climate give conventiongoers a perfect excuse to enjoy some fun under the sun as well, a chance to soak in Puerto Rico’s colorful culture, cuisine, history, natural wonders, and beaches.
T-Mobile booth at Puerto Rico Comic Con 2016Plus, logistics are not a problem. As a U.S. territory, no passport is required for travel from the U.S. mainland, and the U.S. dollar is the only currency. Also, the PRCC production team works closely with retailers and exhibitors in matters related to merchandise shipping, navigating local retailer permits and taxes, and other affairs.
With just months to go before show time, Carrión urges potential retailers and exhibitors to act quickly, as real estate in the showroom floor (over 120,000 square-feet) is selling quickly. For more information about how and why Puerto Rico Comic Con is worthwhile: and @PRComicCon on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snap Chat. Phone: 787.763.0339 or via email at



The World Cosplay Summit arrives to the PRCC 2016.

For the first time in Puerto Rico, local cosplayers can compete for a chance to represent the Island in the 2017 World Cosplay Summit in Japan. World Cosplay Summit Puerto Rico will take place during Puerto Rico Comic Con on Saturday, May 27. Registration begins on Monday, January 30. Click here for rules and more information


Hotels details available 

Want to stay near the PRCC 2017? Check out our official hotels rates. Click here for details.


Tara Strong to attend PR Comic Con 2017!

Fans asked for her for years and in 2017 Tara Starong will be at the PRCC! VIP Multipass Tickets will be on sale on September 30th exclusively on Ticketpop. See you in 2017! #PRCC2017 #PRCCAnniversary


Legendary comic creator Frank Miller confirmed as the 2017 Puerto Rico Comic Con Guest of Honor

San Juan, Puerto Rico – Ricardo Carrión, executive producer of Puerto Rico Comic Con, announced today that legendary comic creator Frank Miller will be the show’s Guest of Honor for the 15th anniversary edition of Puerto Rico Comic Con, to be held May 26-28, 2017 at the Puerto Rico Convention Center in San Juan. A highly respected 30-year industry veteran, Frank Miller is an award-winning comic creator known for the industry’s most iconic titles, including Batman, Sin City, 300, Ronin, Elektra, Daredevil, Wolverine, and others.

“To have Frank Miller at Puerto Rico Comic Con was an undertaking ten years in the making. Today we are proud to confirm that he will be the show’s Guest of Honor as part of our 15th anniversary. The fact that Mr. Miller has chosen to come to our island validates Puerto Rico Comic Con as a first-rate convention, a milestone we have reached thanks to the continued support of our fan network on social media, sponsors and partners,” said Carrión.

Guest of Honor
Puerto Rico Comic Con introduced its Guest of Honor category in 2016’s show as a way to acknowledge the importance of those who have made an indelible impact in the comic book industry, influential people whose works have set the standard. John Romita, Jr. (The Amazing Spider-Man, Iron Man, Uncanny X-Men, Kick-Ass) was the first to carry the distinction, and in 2017 it will be Frank Miller’s turn. One of the most critically-acclaimed, influential and awarded professionals in the comic book and entertainment realms, Frank Miller is known for ushering in a grittier, more mature era of storytelling in comics, graphic novels and film. His work on Batman: The Dark Night Returns, Sin City and 300 solidified his status as an industry auteur. He is also one of a handful of creators who is known and recognized outside of the comic book industry. Over the years, Puerto Rico Comic Con has hosted a number of important comic book industry standouts: Mark Brooks (Ultimate X-Men); Whilce Portacio (The Punisher, The Uncanny X-Men); David Finch (Batman, Justice League of America); Greg Capullo (Spawn, Batman); Scott Snyder (American Vampire, Swamp Thing); Joe Madureira (Uncanny X-Men, Battle Chasers); and Joe Jusko (Heavy Metal, Hulk), among many others.