This local San Diego site requires you to pay $100 to read their online content. Foo that, but from the looks of the free lede, the city is only grudgingingly beginning to accept the Comic-con’s economic impact:
Comic-Con gives city ‘enormous economic shot in the arm’
Event expected to bring in major tax revenue<
To the casual observer, the annual comic book and pop culture extravaganza known as Comic-Con may be little more than an opportunity for grown men with serious Peter Pan complexes to indulge their love of fantasy and penchant for Star Wars costumes. This is, after all, an event that includes discussion panels about television shows and autograph sessions with graphic novelists. But for San Diego, the convention is far more than an oddball attraction; it’s a cash cow in nerd’s clothing.
What’s the matter anyway? Isn’t a nerd’s dollar worth as much as anyone elses?