Memba a few months back when there was talks of moving San Diego Comic Con, the mecca for nerd media from it’s home in San Diego to Anaheim, CA or Las Vegas NV? If you’re a little out of the loop, in looking at ways to better accommodate the growing demand from attendees and exhibitors, the nonprofit organization considered proposals for a move to larger facilities in Los Angeles , Las Vegas or Anaheim after the expiration of its SDCC lease in 2012.
It’s certainly not hard to see that Comic Con is outgrowing it’s venue, as any past attendee can tell you, Comic-Con is too big for its own good. In the course of 4 days and 5 nights (Fifth night being a preview night) the halls of the San Diego Convention Center see over 125,000 people. That’s a lot of people. As big as the convention center is it quite frankly can’t house that many people. Hell, when your walking around the exhibit floor your bumping shoulders with a bunch of sweaty mouth breathers, and as we all know nerds don’t often shower. It’s kinda gross. Giving up personal space is not so troubling as much as not being able to get at anything. You want to check out a booth that’s 5 feet away it takes you 10 minutes to get there because the path is just jammed with people. Even if you were Andre the Giant screaming “EVERYBODY MOVE”, you wouldn’t get thru any faster, because there is no room for anyone to go anywhere. Now, that’s just getting there, never mind the wall of flesh surrounding the booth. It’s a fucking nightmare! There are many other issues we could vent about but perhaps the biggest issue, next to convention center space, is limited hotel availability. If you are traveling to Comic Con and plan on staying then you have to book your trip a half a year if not a full year in advance or else your fucked.
Suffice to say San Diego has more demands that it can meet, but, It was born in San Diego and should remain there. Anywhere else would be Blasphemy, right?
You wanted Comic-Con International to stay in San Diego? Well, you got your wish because it is!
Comic-Con reached a self-imposed attendance limit at the San Diego Convention Centers (SDCC) in 2007 and has had to cap attendance at approximately 125,000 people each year since. In looking at ways to better accommodate the growing demand from attendees and exhibitors, the nonprofit organization considered proposals for a move to larger facilities in Los Angeles or Anaheim after the expiration of its SDCC lease in 2012. This decision keeps Comic-Con in San Diego through 2015.
“We are grateful for the tireless efforts all three cities put into to their proposals,” said David Glanzer, Comic-Con’s director of marketing and public relations. “In the end, we feel this decision is the best for all those who attend Comic-Con and for the organization itself. We are happy that the community has worked with us to ensure that we remain here.”
All I can say is….YAY!