Amidst serious plays by Los Angeles and Anaheim to poach Comic-Con from San Diego, one tweet sends comic book and graphic novel fans alike into a collective sigh of relief. San Diego’s mayor, Kevin Faulconer, took to social media this morning to announce a plan to keep Comic-Con around until at least 2018.
The benefits of the event are undeniable. An estimated $135 million was generated from last year’s convention, which was attended by an upwards of 130,000 fans. This year will mark Comic-Con’s 46th installment, and will run from July 9th through to the 12th. The San Diego Convention Center, as per agreement with Comic-Con International, has agreed to expansion plans, while hotels in the city will limit price gauging. Councilman Todd Gloria spelled it out for us:
130,000 attendees, 60,000 room nights, $2.8 million dollars in tax revenue…
Another quote, this time from mayor Faulconer, summed the matter up quite nicely:
More Superman means more super-streets, more light sabers means more library hours, and more Comic-Con means more neighborhood services for San Diegans.
What do you think of the decision to keep Comic-Con in San Diego?
One thing’s for sure, with these promises of expansions, it’s pretty exciting to imagine what Comic-Con will have in store for us in the years to come!