Thursday, November 09, 2006

San Diego Comicon: Because It's Never Too Early...

The annual San Diego Comicon has been growing by leaps and bounds over the years, with 2006's event the biggest, busiest yet. I've been to every show (sometimes for just a day, but nonetheless!) since 1983, and I always have a great time. It's a crazy amalgam of comics, movies, TV, manga, and just about any other pop culture artifact that exists, and a great place to spend a ton of dough on ridiculous collectibles. I have become quite an expert in that regard.

At any rate, in an effort to lower attendence this year, the San Diego people have asked me to be one of their "special guests" at the 2007 show, July 26 through 29th. I'm not quite sure what this means, except I don't have to sweat out finding a hotel room and I suppose I'll give a panel or two during the show.

The "sweating out a hotel room" part wasn't a joke... I know any number of folks who booked their 2007 rooms before the 2006 show was over. There is plenty of public transportation around S.D. if you happen to land a room that's not within walking distance of the convention center, but if you wait too long, you may be staying within flying distance (i.e., L.A.). So if you wanna make the show, and especially if you're on a budget, you need to start planning ASAP.


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Blogger Alan Kellogg said...

On Comic-Con Lodging

He's not kidding folks, some people have found themselves taking rooms out in El Cajon and Santee and taking the trolley into town.


Public transit is your best friend those four days. even on ordinary weekdays surface streets in this town get busy. On Comic-Con days walking anywhere is faster. In addition, during the con you can't get parking for love or money unless you have a hotel room downtown. If there are any baseball games downtown during the convention in 2007, it's going to be hairy indeed.

The good news is, everybody's in a good mood during the con. So if you do come, expect large crowds, long lines, lots of bling, enough complimentary souvenir bags to hold the supplies for an expedition into the Sahara, and enough stuff to fill a warehouse. Not to mention the freebies. :)

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