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Fandomfest draws large crowds; will learn from problems

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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - If you love comics, sci-fi, steampunk, fantasy or horror, then this weekend was the weekend you wanted to be in Louisville.

Fandomfest is wrapping up Sunday and organizers said it was more popular than ever this year.

Fandomfest lives up to its name: its fans are truly fanatic and each year, more of them are showing up at the comic-con in Louisville.

"Double last year," organizer Ken Daniels said.  "The year before it grew four times."

 Daniels said that led to some growing pains especially Saturday, when it came to a popular walking dead actor.

"Everybody wanted to see Norman and Norman Reedus is extremely popular but he even blew our expectations this year," he said.

Daniels said Fandom was forced to shut down ticket sales for autographs for a little more than a half hour to try to break up the crowd.

"We just did not want to have any issues with fire marshals, people saying, 'guys you need to move this,'" Daniels said.

Fans were disappointed. On Facebook one called Fandomfest, "a disaster," and another complained of waiting in line for tickets for an hour only to be unable to buy them because of the crowd.  "Definitely not fun," said another.

Daniels said they're working on it.

"We want the fans to all see everybody because a lot of these celebrities are wonderful to deal with."

Next year, he said it's likely Fandomfest will pre-sell tickets to meet popular celebrities so it can get a better handle on the crowd.

He understands where fans are coming from and hopes that will make everyone happier.

"You grow up watching them, you see them on TV now and you're like, 'I want to meet them,'" he said. "They're just really great and we just want to give them a chance to do that."

Daniels said he's considering holding two Fandomfests next year with fewer celebrities at each one.   He hopes that will make it easier to navigate as well.

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