October 20th, 2020

SACPA to discuss popularity of gaming and comics

By Mabell, Dave on October 31, 2019.

Lethbridge Herald

Though some families across North America are living in poverty, others are spending more than $11 billion on Halloween this week.

And the once-religious event leads up to the biggest retail bonanza, Christmas.

Meanwhile, the video game industry is generating about $135 billion year-round, in the U.S. alone, while the amount spent on board games world-wide is expected to reach $15 billion by 2025.

The comic book industry alone is worth around $1 billion yearly, points out Dylan Purcell. He’ll be speaking about the millions being spent on those kinds of entertainment, at today’s session of the Southern Alberta Council on Public Affairs.

Purcell, formerly sports editor at The Lethbridge Herald, became an entrepreneur in the comic book business in 2016.

During the mid-day forum, he will elaborate on how and why gaming and comics have evolved to become billion-dollar industries. Purcell will also speculate on the social aspect, time commitment and physical recreation values of these activities – including what Halloween means to him and his young family.

The noon session, open to all interested, is held in the Royal Canadian Legion’s hall. Those attending may purchase a hot lunch, or simply tea or coffee.

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