The Comics Reporter has a brief talk with San Diego Comic-Con director of marketing and publicity David Glanzer which reveals that this year, as long threatened, NO onsite pro or press registration will be allowed.
Glanzer noted that with press in particular, this new policy has been building gradually for years. “In the past press really did come last minute. We’ve made great strides in trying to prevent that from happening,” he said. “The truth is now most of our press registers in advance. Last year we actually warned press that on site registration may have to close and, in fact, we did have to close on site at one point.”
Given that sharing that extra badge was usually the way to get in the last minute pals who showed up after a bender in Tijuana, it really is getting harder and harder to get in.
So how can the show expand, given that there clearly is demand? While the show is experimenting with more and more offsite events, and — as anyone who attends these days can plainly see — the entire downtown San Diego is taken over by Comic-Con folk, what would REALLY be great is if SDCC could turn into the kind of citywide cultural event that the great shows of Europe regularly put on. There are, of course, a few obstacles to this idealistic thinking:
a) San Diego is still bigger than all but Angoulême, and that town is pretty much given over to being the comic/graphic book center of France.
b) The city of San Diego isn’t all that keen on the idea of becoming the comic/graphic book center of the US. You couldn’t pull it off without actual civic interest.
These are just some morningish thoughts…we’ll see how we feel after Hoteloween on Thursday!