Amid all the hoopla and foofarah, the millionth article about “The Twilight Hunger of the Walking Press Agents”, and way too many cosplay photos, I like to discover articles about lesser-known aspects of Comic-Con.
Usually, the articles are from a specialty website, finding a unique angle of Comic-Con and a specific profession.
For example, sanitation services.
Environmental Expert.com featured a press release/article about Waste Management, the San Diego Convention Center, and their plans to increase the amount of recyclables claimed from the convention, which totaled 98 tons last year. They want to increase that to 120 tons, by encouraging consumers to use marked containers, exhibitors to donate materials at the end of the show, and by sorting garbage by hand.
With a second cardboard baler, they hope to reduce the number of trips to the El Cajon recycling center from 34 to 7. Of course, all trucks will use natural gas.
(That 98 tons is how much was recycled. Lord knows how much trash was hauled to the local landfill, or how many trees were sacrificed for handouts and fliers around the convention center.)
On the other end of the waste stream, San Diego Pretzel Company celebrates 15 years of selling their “twisted treats” at Comic-Con. (I’m sure convention veterans will have some salty comments below!)
The San Diego Convention Center’s Panorama newsletter describes what’s involved, in this article from Summer 2010.
“Last year we served more than 17,000 pizzas, 28,000 hot dogs, 41,000 sodas, and 11,000 orders of fries at Comic-Con,” said Executive Chef Jeff Leidy. “It’s a huge undertaking. We have 40 cooks and 117 concession workers staffing 12 concession areas throughout the building, including Tides Restaurant and three on-site Starbucks.”
Here’s this year’s press release:
• Economic Impact: $180 million
• Direct Attendee Spending: $75 million [Wait… $600 per attendee?]
• Tax Revenues: $2.6 million
• Attendance: 126,000
Last year’s numbers:
Economic Impact: $162.8 million
Direct Attendee Spending: $67.8 million
Tax Revenues: $2.8 million
Room Nights: 126,000
KPBS reports on the economic impact.
Variety discusses how various media companies are using the space outside the convention center.
The La Mesa-Mount Helix Patch raN a rather shoddy poll about La Mesa-based “San Diego Comic Convention” (their filing name) and whether it should retain their non-profit status.
(GuideStar data is here.) Myself, I think The Patch is just trying to find something to write about. CCI doesn’t profit from the show, the IRS monitors their filings, and if you started criticizing non-profits for the conventions they run, which are attended and financed by for-profit exhibitors and registration fees…well, the list would be very long.