Heidi McDonald, intrepid Comics Beat reporter, has been more than earning her keep at Publishers' Weekly with the first installment of her "New York ComicCon Report" which includes a discussion on whether the state of the economy has impacted on the convention. She says the barometer is such that, ".... Inside these walls the 'fantasy' economy is perfect. Outside the doors of the convention the economy sucks!"
The rest of the report mentions amongst other things the importance of a good backlist, the impact of Twitter, and the next best thing in webcomics. Check it out here.