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Rumor of the Day: Good-bye San Diego - Comic-Con Report

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Jul 26th 2009 8:50AM
Comic-Con International takes over the gas lamp quarter of san diego.While Wedneday brought the rumor that 2010 Comic-Con International's Preview Night would move up from Wednesday to Tuesday here in San Diego, today comes the rumor that the convention might be leaving San Diego altogether.

Word is going around that the popular entertainment world will descend on Los Angeles next year, leaving the San Diego Convention Center behind.

It's not the first time this possibility has been raised, but the sheer and ever-growing size of the convention is making it look more likely.

The movie studios and TV networks run Comic-Con now, and they'd rather schlep their mega-displays, merchandise and stars across town in LA than down the I-5 to San Diego. And, the LA Convention Center is big enough to take the Comic-Con load.

But, factors in San Diego's favor include ample nearby hotel space and an adjacent Gaslamp Quarter providing plenty of places to eat and party. While downtown LA has been coming back in recent years, you're still more likely to be accosted than well-fed around that convention center.

Since the word is out, you can assume the San Diego city reps will go to war to save this massive boon to San Diego's summer economy. And, LA-weary showbiz types like coming down here.

TV Squad is rooting for you, San Diego.

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Suze

Sidney Iwanter, who's been attending for many years wasn't too happy about this Comic Con:

http://sidneyiwanter.blogspot.com/2009/07/my-divorce-is-now-final-for-now.html

July 27 2009 at 11:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
YouFaceTheTick

San Diego should be able to retain it. Nevermind. This city is so stupid their trolley doesn't even run to the damned airport.

July 27 2009 at 1:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Torsten Adair

With "Wizard World" Los Angeles being held in Anaheim in April 2010, and the Long Beach Comic Con scheduled for October, there might be too much competition for LA. Also, why hasn't a comicbook show succeeded in the second largest media city in the country?

While the cost of the convention center is super cheap ($1000 for the entire show), and the Con could expand, there would be growing pains (moving the show to a new venue).

Read:
http://www.sdnn.com/sandiego/2009-07-13/blog-forum/bam-three-more-cities-trade-punches-for-comic-con

for an excellent overview.

July 26 2009 at 2:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
LA Dave

That's a bad rumor since Comic Con and San Diego's CC's contract is until 2012.

Unless the movie studios possibly want fork over the money to break Comic Con's contract with the Convention Center early, I don't see a move out of here until 2013 at the latest.

Plus it would give another other potential city a chance to get their area ready for Comic Con.

LA can barely handle E3 when it's at the LACC, so I'm not sure how it would handle Comic Con.

July 26 2009 at 11:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jazza

It's listed on the San Diego Convention Center website for 22-25 July 2010

July 26 2009 at 11:04 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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