SDCC 2016: DC Collectibles Round-Up – The Rise of the Wonder Woman!

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By Nicholas Eskey I didn’t need to attend this year’s DC Collectibles’ Press Room to know that this is an exciting year for both DC Entertainment and DC Collectibles. I did attend, though, so I could get up close with some live merchandise (and free food of course). Though the jury is still out critically […]

Con Wars: Salt Lake and San Diego maybe closer to settling

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The ongoing trademark battle between Salt Lake City Comic Con and the San Diego Comic-Con may be closer to settling, although it’s only listed as “promising,” with the judge in the case giving them more time to hash things out mano a mano. The two sides are set to meet with the judge this Wednesday […]

SDCC ’15: KFC Goes Nerdy with their Colonel Campaign

Meet the Colonels: Vampire, Werewolf, Unicorn, Alien, Spaceman, Japanese Pop Idol, Furry.

By Nick Eskey In what can only be considered a bold marketing move, KFC is making their presence known at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. The campaign is in large geared towards infusing humor to the already established brand, featuring plugs in popular media and visuals in public settings. It officially kicked off in May […]

SDCC ’15: Art of Comic-Con, Sergio Aragones, and Announcement from Mayor Faulconer

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By Nick Eskey It’s one week and counting until the geek fest known as San Diego Comic-Con, a celebration of popular culture in television, comics, movies, cartoons and more, begins. Once known as “San Diego’s Golden State Comic-Con” which took place in the basement of U.S. Grant Hotel’s basement, the then three-day event has become […]

*WEDNESDAY UPDATE* SDCC ’15 Exclusive Funko Toy Announcements

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By: Nick Eskey It’s that time again, legion of toy lovers; The Wednesday update for the Funko toy exclusives for San Diego Comic-Con 2015. Well known for their super popular POP! Toy collection, Funko strives to “cover as many beloved licenses and characters as possible to remind every Comic-Con attendee why they fell in love […]

*Sunday UPDATE* SDCC ’15 Exclusive Funko Toy Announcements

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By Nick Eskey Thanks for tuning in geeky guys and gals to this Sunday update of SDCC ’15 Funko toy release. Better known for their “POP!” line, Funko strives to “cover as many beloved licenses and characters as possible to remind every Comic-Con attendee why they fell in love with these stories in the first […]

Report: San Diego Comic-Con brings $178 million to the local economy

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San Diego Workforce Partnership, a local employment consultant, has released some stats on the con’s impact on local employment, concluding that convention center staffers are paid $320,000 for working during the con, which requires 100% of the staff where other cons only need 80-90%. This information was highlighted in some PR released by CCI, which I’ll quote below, but Con scholars will probably want to read the original report. Among other figures, SDWP estimates for $178 million in economic impact for the 2014 show. I believe this is the highest estimate I’ve yet heard for his metric.