Even as everyone limbers up dialing fingers and tests internet speed for the Big Day when the hotels go on sale, many San Diego Comic-Con rumors are rampant. Before reporting them we thought we’d check in with David Glanzer, PR head honcho for the con, and he gave us the straight scoop on some stories making the rounds. The main news is that the aisles in some parts of the exhibit hall are being widened.
“As you know the configuration of the floor changes from year to year,” he told The Beat “This can be attributed to any number of things including numbers of booths, size of booths and size of aisles.
“Safety is always a paramount concern, and because of that we have long been in the habit of increasing aisle width in areas of crowding or potential crowding. This year is no different.
“Our aisles are always at least 10 feet wide, with some aisles 20 feet wide. This year we have increased a portion of the back aisles in Hall D & E from 10 feet to 20 feet and a portion of Hall G also from 10 feet to 20 feet.”
Does this mean, ulp, fewer booths?
“This increase has resulted in some booths being moved to different locations on the floor,” sayd Glanzer. “As far as a wait list for Comic-Con yes, there is a wait list again this year. However, the reconfiguration of the floor hasn’t had an impact on that wait list. The reason is that while we do experience a great return of exhibitors, not every exhibitor can return from year to year.
“So while we may have lost minimal booth space because of the increase in aisle width, the attrition rate has resulted in that not being a factor for returning exhibitors who have turned their paperwork.”
As in the past, booths will be allocated to past exhibitors first, then new exhibitors. The con is still looking to find ways to accommodate as many exhibitors as possible in a “safe and fun environment.”
When you say wider aisles, we say HELLS YEAH! We hate being trampled while some Princess Leia tramp poses for every drooler on the planet! We need to make our getaways! We’d also heard that the gridlock-inducing confluence of studio booths in one area might be broken up this year but Glanzer expects the floor plan to be similar to last year’s.