I have a soft spot for San Diego’s Comic-Con. Oh sure, everybody does to a certain degree at this point, or they’ve wrapped all the way around to backlash hatred for the thing. But I mean a real soft spot since I lived in the city for so many years and went to Comic-Con several times before ever going when employed as a writer who might write about such things. There’s a fun to it, to the endless displays of obscure paraphernalia, the libraries of carefully sorted comic books, the people showing off the things that they’ve made by hand and computer. Screw Hall H with it’s thousands of seats and Hollywood announcements. The heart and soul was always in those little rooms and the vast sprawl of humanity showing off their little creativities.
But San Diego’s plans to levy taxes on the downtown hotels in order to pay for a half billion dollar expansion of the massive convention center were struck down by a district court of appeals. There are legal reasons. I don’t read or write those articles: too many syllables, not enough poetry.
Some insiders are insisting that it could never leave San Diego - which given the ties the organizers have to the community, is not an unreasonable one. But there are those that point out that everybody said the same thing about WonderCon before it moved to Anaheim a couple of years ago.
Me, I don’t think it’s going to leave, and you know why? Because as someone who lived in San Diego for a number of years, I can assure you from half-remembered local news just how fantastically corrupt and hard-headed the city government can be when it decides it wants something. Kickbacks from all the local strip clubs? You got it. Chargers threaten to leave for Los Angeles? Bluff called, we all know that no one wants you but us. Building a downtown baseball stadium? Construction can get funded and be only weeks from completion before the cover-up that absolutely no parking or expansion of public transit was being provided for the thing is revealed.
You think they can’t figure out how to keep Comic-Con? Please.