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Monday, February 22, 2010 

Comicon may move away from San Diego

The San Diego Union Tribune tells that Comicon International, long a fixation of the city, might be moving elsewhere in 2 years:
Comic-Con International, the beloved behemoth of San Diego conventions, is in danger of leaving its birthplace for a larger home, spurring local tourism leaders to do all they can to keep the four-day show here.

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After 2012, the event held each July at the San Diego Convention Center will be free to leave town.
I wouldn't be surprised if the incursion of the movie business is what's driving this urge of the directors to move house to another city, besides just the need for more floor space. In that case, it wouldn't be the wish to help give the books more exposure, but rather, to bring in other forms of pop culture at the expense of what this show was originally built on. Especially if their new destination is none other than Hollywood!

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The film industry hijack is really nothing more than the expression of the future of the old media comicbooks. They are now owned body and soul by multinationals who include film studio elements in their companies, and so comics will go where the master dictates.

What it does do is open the door for an Indie comicon type thing to start up. It would start small but it would end big. :)

Comic-con can move to Mephisto's abode for all I care. No desire to wade through 850 bazillion smelly South Park fans just to find some half price reprints. Their guests are lame too...Few good guys like Stan Lee or Ray Bradbury lumped in with a pile of porn freaks and modern lets-wreck-comic-history writers. Wizard shows look about the same from what little I've seen around the internet.

Baltimore looks much better, they actually get a lot of the old comic legends Walt Simonson and guys like that, not just the shoddy Ennishack types.

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