Off My Mind: What If Comic-Con Leaves San Diego?
Even though I had thought about this question before as we've all heard the talk about Comic-Con possibly relocating after 2012, I wasn't fully sure how I felt about it. First of all, with tradition and everything, I feel it should stay in San Diego. This may only have been my third time going to Comic-Con but I feel comfortable there now. I know the convention hall pretty well by now. I know where the different rooms are, especially the press rooms. Then there's the city. I've gotten used to walking the streets and remembering where the better restaurants, bars and hotel parties are. If Comic-Con moves, I'll have to figure it all out all over again.
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That was part of my answer. The other part is, and I hate to say it, it doesn't really matter if Comic-Con moves. Regardless of where it ends up, I'm going to be there.
Comic-Con is about the gathering of people that love comics (and also all that Hollywood stuff). Creators and fans can get together and enjoy everything. When you look at pictures of Comic-Con, rarely do you see outside shots. Everything happens in doors. Even though WonderCon in San Francisco is a lot smaller than Comic-Con, the floor layout of the main hall is pretty similar. Sometimes looking at inside shots, it's hard to distinguish which convention it is. As long as we all have a place to go and meet, Comic-Con will continue.
I'm not a fan of change but sometimes you have to roll with it. I would like for Comic-Con to stay in San Diego and maybe it will. It's still a little ways off and I'm not going to worry about it. I don't have a say in where it ends up but I will put my faith in the organizers of the convention. They've been doing this a long time and with the success of each convention year after year, I have to assume they'll do the right thing.
As long as Comic-Con doesn't move to somewhere like the moon, I will continue to attend as I'm sure everyone else will. This is the big pilgrimage a lot of people make each year. The location may change someday but I don't think the love we all have for comics will. Just don't book your hotel room too far in advance.
I really hope it doesnt leave San Diego unless it moves to either Chicago or LA.
Im from LA so its okay if it doesnt leave San Diego for me. Ive never been and have always wanted to go. I was going to go this year but wasnt sure when the tickets were on sale. I hadnt realize they were on sale until you wrote they were sold out on your status. I was really upset.
In a couple of weeks im moving to Chicago, so that would be cool too. But C2E2 is there and i couldnt see that happening.
On the one hand if it leaves it might have the opportunity of (forgive the analogy) revamping the Con... maybe loose some of those annoying people who are there just to see Angelina Jolie, or Twilight Cast....
On the selfish hand if it leaves San Diego, it won't be close to me...
Either way, I'd go to the Con! There is no way I'm missing it after going for 4 years straight!
They are considering moving the con due to the size of the current San Diego convention center. They want the con to get bigger, but the convention center is the same size as it was a few years ago. You can't expand in a confined space. The convention center in Orange County/Anaheim and Las Vegas are bigger, so they have more floor space and can host more booths and make more money. The pro/cons have been well documented for the last few years. Everyone has been talking about the move. I think there were even a handful of articles here this year about it.
Being from San Diego, I'd hate to see it leave. That would seriously lower my chances of being able to make it. I'm much more in favor of letting the "hollywood stuff" move to Anaheim and keeping the traditional comic book part here in San Diego. I think that would keep tradition going (it wasn't always Hollywood here) and give the movie stars and TV stars a shorter drive from LA.
"Comic-Con is about the gathering of people that love comics (and also all that Hollywood stuff). Creators and fans can get together and enjoy everything."
That. If I was just in the same continent, I wouldnt mind traveling a couple more hours in case it 've gotten re-located elsewhere. Just be glad there are events like that you can enjoy your life there.
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I've lived in Las Vegas for a little over six years, but I've always wondered why there's never a con here. That's what Vegas does, and with the costumes, protestors and stabbings, a comic con would fit right in here. ;) Seriously though, the temperatures in Vegas this time of year are 110+, so that would be a serious drag... it would probably keep everyone inside, once they get past the initial "ooh, we're in Vegas" stage.
In Tampa we have our own "MetroCon" for those who can't afford a round trip + hotel + ComicCon admission. Having never been to a ComicCon before I can only guess that it's a lot smaller, but it is hosted at the Tampa Convention Center, which is GIGANTIC. I'm sure there are plenty of convention centers like it all over the US, and like you said G-Man, it really only takes place indoors. It's definitely possible, but I doubt they would change that tradition.
There's only 2 other places in the running to host Comic Con - Las Vegas and Anaheim (or stay in San Diego). The other places are either not big enough or were excluded due to other reasons. Right now, it looks like the decision is between Anaheim and San Diego. Both cities are investing millions into winning (or renewing) the CCI contract. The announcement should have been made prior to comic con, but the CCI board decided to wait until after the convention to make their announcement. I expect an announcement within the next few weeks.
I live so near San Diego that its easy to go every year. But if it moves to some place like San Fransisco or Las Vegas I wont be able to. But if its in LA then maybe.
But I thought I heard they were building onto the Convention Center.
The plan is for a $753 million expansion of the San Diego convention center which would provide an additional 200,000 square feet of exhibit space, a third ballroom, 100,000 square feet of meeting rooms, and a new 500 room hotel directly behind the convention center. This would give the center a total of 815,000 square feet of exhibition space, about the same as Anaheim’s convention center.
Read more: San Diego Convention Center Plans $753 million Expansion in Bid to Keep Comic-Con | /Film http://www.slashfilm.com/2010/04/05/san-diego-convention-center-plans-753-million-expansion-in-bid-to-keep-comic-con/#ixzz0uoKfKj4T
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I hope they don't move, its better for me if they stay put. Plus I like it in San Diego.
The problem with moving it around is that it takes the city a really long time to prepare. That's why they have to decide years in advance and sign like 5 year contracts. Its kind of like organizing the Olympics (but smaller). The city has to hire extra people, make sure the transportation and safety stuff is good, hotels need time to work out details, etc. There's lots of other Comic Cons ran by the same company (Wonder Cons) and several more ran by another company (Wizard mag guy). Plus, there's only a couple convention centers that are big enough for Comic Con.
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