The significance of Comic-Con should not be taken lightly and although I personally have never attended (I KNOW, I KNOW, LIVED IN SAN DIEGO MY WHOLE LIFE!!!) I think it’s a great event for San Diego. Late last year the convention voted to continue to have Comic-Con in San Diego through 2015. There have been talks about moving it to a larger venue which I hope never happens. Lets keep it in San Diego, I love getting ready to drive to work and leaving the downtown area only to see Superman, Spider-Man and Batman dressed up and ready to attend the convention. It’s great!
Sometimes Erika & I will go out that Friday or Saturday night just to see if we can find Luke Skywalker sitting at a bar somewhere ordering another round.
Did you know that Comic-Con has been in San Diego since 1970?
Here are a few other items you may not know,
– Did you know the 1st Comic-Con convention was held at the US Grant Hotel March 21, 1970? The attendance was 145 people. What a beautiful hotel but there is no way it could handle 130,000+ people who are expected this year.
– The US Grant held the convention 4 times, 1970, 1971, 1979, 1980.
– Did you know the El Cortez Hotel hosted the convention in 1972. For those of you that are not familiar with Downtown San Diego, the El Cortez building was built in 1926 and was one of the most prestigious and for many years the tallest buildings in San Diego. Today it is one of San Diego’s historic buildings. It has been very well maintained and converted into private condominiums.
– July 1991 was the first year the convention was held at the San Diego Convention Center and it has remained there through today. The attendance in 1991 was 15,000 people and this weekend they are expecting over 130,000 people to attend.
– The convention has become so large they now use Petco Park located across the street from the convention center to help accommodate some of the exhibits.
– Shel Dorf created Comic-Con, originally from Detroit, he helped organize the “Detroit Triple Fan Fair” which is considered to be the first convention for Comic Books. He later moved to San Diego and started Comic-Con in 1970.
Everything you need to know about Comic-Con 2011 can be found here.
If your planning on attending, here are some tips I have heard many of my friends suggest.
1. Sleep, get sleep because the days can be very long.
2. Plan out your route in advance so you can navigate the crowds.
3. Take cash! I have heard the ATM’s are a nightmare.
4. Load up on water and vitamins, take a backpack with snacks.
5. Keep your cell phones charged, getting lost is easy.
6. Arrive early and give youself time. Parking is going to be a pain.
7. Lastly, have fun!!!