Several folks we know have already booked their hotel rooms for the 2007 San Diego con. And at least one person has reported that his hotel of choice is sold out already.
Another thing we’ve heard is that the convention has also raised its booth prices quite a bit for 2007. Several artists and small press types were squawking to us about this. The booths are only going up a few hundred dollars, but in some cases that’s enough to eat into profits enough to cause second thoughts. We predict everyone will bite the bullet and show up anyway, but it’s worth noting.
Also, even though SDCC was big, it is still not nearly the biggest. ComiPress reports on The Hong Kong Ani-Com/ 3rd Hong Kong Game Fair:
…this year’s attendance figure is the highest ever. 80,000 showed up on the opening first day, the average attendance number over the weekend is 112,000, and the final night of the convention saw 78,000 fans attend. An estimated 490,000 people attended this year’s Hong Kong Comic Fest over the course of 5 days, which is 16% higher than last year’s numbers.