The first CCXP Cologne took place in the Cologne exhibition center at the end of June. The concept of the new comic convention was largely positively received by around 40.000 visitors, but occasional fans expressed criticism. We checked with the responsible organizers.
With almost 40.000 visitors, the first CCXP Cologne was well attended, but not overwhelmingly by the fans. The fact that such numbers give cause for disappointment is also due to the objectives communicated by Koelnmesse in advance. The organizers wanted to attract up to 70.000 comic, cosplay and game fans to the exhibition halls - ambitious, but by no means unrealistic figures.
With the analysis of the findings from this year's CCXP, the organizers begin preparing for the next year's convention.
Offering and expanding extraordinary experiences
The CCXP concept has its roots in Brazil. The convention has existed there since 2014 - and attracts over 250.000 fans to the exhibition grounds. In this country, the CCXP Cologne 2019 (Here is the report on the CCXP with a picture gallery) as a kind of successor to the Role Play Convention, which is popular with fans and has already proven itself, which has been held since 2007 - first in Münster, then in Cologne. The expectations of the fans regarding the CCXP were similar to those of the past Role Play Conventions. Thematically and in terms of content there were overlaps, but some visitors seemed to be surprised by the conceptual deviations. Koelnmesse comments on this: “The aim is to continue to show the supporting pillars of the RPC in the CCXP. We were able to expand some of the core topics from the RPC this year. This worked out very well, especially with the fan groups and cosplayers. "
In the area of the “Playground”, the area for board and role-playing games at the CCXP Cologne, work will be carried out on improvements for the coming convention: “In the coming year, we will integrate the communities even more closely with the board games and also make them more attractive for the players continue to increase, ”said the organizers. And further: “The pillars of the RPC, including the Playground, are still of great importance for the CCXP. We will work even more closely with the communities here in order to further improve this area. "
Even if the current visitor numbers are a “first good milestone”, the organizers want to announce a significant increase in the next one. Koelnmesse said: “Of course we are pursuing the goal of further increasing the number of visitors. Both conceptual adjustments and marketing measures that are oriented towards the needs and interests of our visitors will certainly come into play. "
They also want to learn from the experiences made: “The findings from the first event and its application phase help us enormously, especially since for a long time we were only able to build on the experience from the Brazilian market.” The price structure of the CCXP Cologne was criticized many times. Fans who hope for lower costs for the coming year could be disappointed in view of the first statements made by the organizers: “We, as the organizers, also had a large number of discussions where the topic of admission prices was also discussed. We will of course analyze these discussions and incorporate them into the planning of further events. What is certain is that we are offering exceptional experiences with the CCXP and that we would like to expand them in the years to come. "
In terms of price, it will therefore always be difficult to compare us with other events. " Even if that doesn't sound like big discounts: Price adjustments are not completely off the table. Only the next few months will show whether and in what form the price structure will change.
The invited star guests were well received, even if not all of them were available for photos or autographs.
“We have succeeded in bringing outstanding stars to Cologne who are currently in great demand in the film business. This was very well received by our visitors. For many, a heartfelt wish came true here in Cologne because they could be very close to their idols. The fact that not all the stars were available for photos or signatures is due in particular to the fact that they were in Cologne at the invitation of the film studios and we as the organizers cannot influence them. "Alexander Wolff, director of CCXP Cologne
Also “stars” of their very special cosmos were the countless well-known cosplayers who traveled to Cologne to present their latest costume creations to fans and jurors. The offer was so well received by fans that the organizers want to expand the “Cosplay” theme in the coming year. The organizers comment: “The cosplay theme and therefore the Cosplay Championship was a complete success. We will continue to develop this topic and already have the first ideas that we will work out in the next few weeks. The CCXP will continue to set standards in the field of cosplay in 2020. "
With regard to the “Artist's Alley”, especially the draftsmen present, the opinions of the visitors were divided: some wanted more, others were extremely satisfied. Those in charge at Koelnmesse GmbH are also impressed by their launch offers - but the area could still be expanded in the future: “The Artist's Alley is a very special component of the CCXP. But of course the target group of cartoonists and comic fans also has to get to know the new format first. With around 100 cartoonists, including top-class international stars, we achieved good results in the first year, but this area will also be further adapted and will certainly be larger in the future. "
The CCXP Cologne celebrated a successful premiere overall. The opinions of the fans were mostly positive, even if there were occasional calls for improvements. In any case, the organizers are willing to take the upcoming CCXP Cologne to the next level.
CCXP Cologne 2020 will take place from June 25th to 28th, 2020. Information is also available at www.ccxp-cologne.de.
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