Well, we know you have all been waiting for the big announcement about whether Comic-Con is staying San Diego or moving to Albuquerque as the crowning point of the Run-Up To Con; with the decision made, you could either waltz around the city thinking “So glad we’ll be staying here; let’s go to Stingaree!” or else wandering around in a haze of nostalgia, thinking “It was on that corner that I met Mike Grell and asked him about Warlord! So many memories!”
But it turns out the decision will not be made until after this year’s show. And as the SD Union-Tribune reports, the reason is Hoteloween! There was a delay in hotels signing on to an agreement to hold room prices and make more rooms available, and then everyone running the show got Extremely Busy and just couldn’t think about moving or not.
“I don’t think all the hotels have signed contracts yet, and the truth of the matter is, because the situation won’t be resolved this week from our end, I think this is being tabled right now,” Glanzer said. We’re already spread thin right now. Ninety-nine percent of our time is ensuring the show is successful.”
San Diego Convention Center officials believe that nearly all of the 64 hotels participating in the Comic-Con room block have finalized their contracts, which can be reviewed once Comic-Con’s show ends next Sunday. One of the issues of concern to convention organizers is that they have some control over Comic-Con-related events booked in individual hotels, said Convention Center spokesman Steven Johnson.
Basically, the Con wants to make sure that nearby hotels don’t put on con-like events that will compete with the show — for instance, an exhibitor could pull out of the con put on their own event at the Hyatt — kicking out Al Gore in the process.
The story does show the city of San Diego and local businesses in a state of EXTREME ANXIOUSNESS over the con staying. In fact even Mayor Jerry Sanders is now getting involved — he personally called the hotels and told them to get cracking on signing those deals. You see? Mayor Sanders now is PERSONALLY CONCERNED that The Beat get a reasonable room at the Hilton! Wotta guy!
Personally, we think that the CCI folks delaying things has worked out just fine. The longer they look pensive and stare out into space, the more the city fathers of San Diego will do anything to keep them! San Diego will wander on the beach and croon!
San Diego the city is desperately hoping that THIS is the one video The Beat never has to post where this story is concerned:
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.