Eight years ago you could buy a 4-day pass to Comic Con and walk in the front door when the Exhibit Hall opened. Syfy had huge installations in the middle of the floor, and their booth was surrounded by Pokemon and D&D gaming tables.
Now, people enter a lottery to be able to buy badges, and the Exhibit Hall floor is crowded beyond belief. Vendors are on a waiting list to get in. Syfy has moved across the street to the Hard Rock. In fact, many of the neighboring hotels have taken advantage of SDCC by sharing their ballrooms and convention spaces for extra panels. Even Petco Park has cashed in as it hosts The Walking Dead Escape.
Personally, as a native San Diegan, I think that SDCC is a welcome boon to our city and I support anything that needs to happen to keep SDCC here. SDCC was born here, after all, and the money generated from out-of-town guests is more than we’ll ever see from the Chargers. I think SDCC should be a city-wide event, spreading beyond the confines of the Gaslamp to other areas of San Diego.
I get as excited about the SDCC banners going up along Harbor Drive as I get when I see the first Christmas trees during the holiday season.
SDCC is a nerd’s paradise. I’m so glad to be a part of it!
(That said, watch for my coverage of SDCC here on my blog and on Twitter @SarabethPollock