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Los Angeles vies to become new home of Comic-Con

04.10.2010

There's been talk of late, what with Comic-Con inching ever closer and with the convention's contract with the city of San Diego running out in 2012, of whether or not the "Geek Mecca" should stay put and renegotiate a new contract in its current home, or relocate to a new one.

Among those cities bidding for the Con are Las Vegas, Anaheim, and Los Angeles. Anaheim and the Orange County Convention & Visitors Bureau have already issued a press release stating their intention to land the event. And then of course, they did the next best thing and started a Facebook fan page!

Well, now Los Angeles says "F*ck you, Anaheim!" and has started a Facebook fan page of their own. On it, they list a lot of good reasons why they're the city to beat. Here are a few:

Los Angeles … Simply has More Space
With more than 900,000 square feet of exhibit and meeting space, the Los Angeles Convention Center (LACC) alone has 100,000 more square feet to offer Comic-Con than the current San Diego convention center. Not to mention, there are 15,000 parking spaces within half a mile of the LACC. Whether or not San Diego expands their convention center, the LACC stands out amongst all the convention centers in the nation thanks to the recent add-on of the adjacent 4,000,000-square-foot sports, entertainment and residential district ... L.A. LIVE.

Los Angeles … Now has L.A. LIVE
The $2.5 billion entertainment and sports complex across the street from the LACC consists of the 7,100-seat NOKIA Theatre; the GRAMMY® Museum; Club NOKIA; an ESPN Zone with broadcast facilities; Lucky Strike Lanes; The Conga Room; and many of LA's top restaurants including Katsuya, ROCK'N FISH, Rosa Mexicano, Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill, Trader Vic's, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, and Yard House. Not to mention, the 54-story J.W. Marriott and Ritz-Carlton hotels opened earlier this year.

Los Angeles … Paints the Town Green
Touted as one of the nation’s most environmentally-friendly metropolises, it’s no coincidence that the first trade show to bring together the entire spectrum of green products and services under one, solar-paneled roof (Green West Expo/Conference) was held at the LACC. The LACC is the largest solar-generating building in North America and the nation’s greenest. It has the capability to recycle 99 percent of used trade show materials, as well as transform food waste into animal waste. Not to mention, the LACC recently accepted LEED-EB certification.


And as a native Angeleno who's lived here his entire life, this one made me laugh:

Los Angeles … Is Safer Than You Think
The violent crime rate for the City of Los Angeles has fallen 23 percent over the last five years. LA’s crime rate was ranked second lowest of the 10 cities with populations of one million or more.


So, what do you guys think? I'm especially interested in hearing from LA-area Schmoes. That part of Downtown has been getting revitalized for years now, and will continue to do so in big ways whether or not Comic-Con comes to town. Thus, I'm personally indifferent, but I'd rather hear from LA denizens or those of you who actually make the trek out here time and time again.
Extra Tidbit: A recent land deal down in San Diego might actually trigger a multi-million dollar proposal to expand the city's convention center to move forward, rendering all of LA and Anaheim's Facebook fan pages totally moot!

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9:33PM on 04/12/2010
Screw L.A. Haven't they ruined enough?
Screw L.A. Haven't they ruined enough?
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11:59PM on 04/11/2010

Do it!!

I'm all for this. Mainly because I live in the area now but LA has so many more attractions in it as a city than SD. Obvious to say but it's film mecca, out of towner fan boys would have an absolute blast in the city even outside of the Con. Great revenue for a supposedly "broke" city. If it happens just watch out for the parking authority, they're the human equivalent of sharks.
I'm all for this. Mainly because I live in the area now but LA has so many more attractions in it as a city than SD. Obvious to say but it's film mecca, out of towner fan boys would have an absolute blast in the city even outside of the Con. Great revenue for a supposedly "broke" city. If it happens just watch out for the parking authority, they're the human equivalent of sharks.
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11:57PM on 04/11/2010
It started in San Diego, It should stay in San Diego, if LA wants one, start one.
It started in San Diego, It should stay in San Diego, if LA wants one, start one.
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5:19PM on 04/11/2010

As an LA resident...

I would love for it to come here. A quick hop on the subway and I'm at the convention center. Loads of cool bars down there, and hotels. Peeps could even stay at Universal Studios and hop on a 15 minute subway ride downtown. That being said. I love taking that little trek down the 5 and going to a place where the fans rule! And while it would be a nice economic boost for LA. San Diego would really feel a major pinch if they lost something like CC that thousands of merchants depend on
I would love for it to come here. A quick hop on the subway and I'm at the convention center. Loads of cool bars down there, and hotels. Peeps could even stay at Universal Studios and hop on a 15 minute subway ride downtown. That being said. I love taking that little trek down the 5 and going to a place where the fans rule! And while it would be a nice economic boost for LA. San Diego would really feel a major pinch if they lost something like CC that thousands of merchants depend on every year. Damn tough call if you ask me.
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4:15PM on 04/11/2010
La? I live out there, so don't, go there.

I REP MY CITY. Plus it would be dope having comicon a stones throw away.
La? I live out there, so don't, go there.

I REP MY CITY. Plus it would be dope having comicon a stones throw away.
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7:50AM on 04/11/2010
Doesnt matter to me, never have gone to one, probably never will. As long as theres someone covering it for the site, good enough for me
Doesnt matter to me, never have gone to one, probably never will. As long as theres someone covering it for the site, good enough for me
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6:27PM on 04/10/2010

By all means bring it to LA..

I'm all for this--thousands could conveniently take the subway right to LACC, which would cut down on parking and travel problems.

It's fun to travel to San Diego and there's some great nightlife but it seems the scope of the convention is outstripping space down there.

Oh, and fuck Anaheim. I wouldn't even drive down there for a concert.
I'm all for this--thousands could conveniently take the subway right to LACC, which would cut down on parking and travel problems.

It's fun to travel to San Diego and there's some great nightlife but it seems the scope of the convention is outstripping space down there.

Oh, and fuck Anaheim. I wouldn't even drive down there for a concert.
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1:49PM on 04/10/2010

LA Will Ruin It

Being from Chicago, I've only made it to one SDCC, and want to get back. If it moved to LA I'd lose all interest though. The con has moved further and further away from it's core audience of comic book fans in order to become more and more mainstream in the multimedia experience. LA would be the death of the comic core. The movie industry would take it over and it would be all movies and promotions. No thank you. Comic Con in a San Diego staple and hopefully they will realize it and not let it
Being from Chicago, I've only made it to one SDCC, and want to get back. If it moved to LA I'd lose all interest though. The con has moved further and further away from it's core audience of comic book fans in order to become more and more mainstream in the multimedia experience. LA would be the death of the comic core. The movie industry would take it over and it would be all movies and promotions. No thank you. Comic Con in a San Diego staple and hopefully they will realize it and not let it go and be ruined by LA.
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1:31PM on 04/10/2010

Los Angeles … Is Safer Than You Think

fuckin lol.

hannibal lector... is on a diet.
fuckin lol.

hannibal lector... is on a diet.
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1:30PM on 04/10/2010
I live in San Diego...I was born and raised here...and to take away this yearly staple would be fucked up! But then again...I wouldn't mind hitting up vegas yearly for it!
I live in San Diego...I was born and raised here...and to take away this yearly staple would be fucked up! But then again...I wouldn't mind hitting up vegas yearly for it!
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12:20PM on 04/10/2010

If it ain't broke...

Keep it in San Diego.
Keep it in San Diego.
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11:50AM on 04/10/2010
To say this year's Comic-Con will be awesome is an understatement. The first footage of Thor. Possibly even Captain America. Epic win.
To say this year's Comic-Con will be awesome is an understatement. The first footage of Thor. Possibly even Captain America. Epic win.
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9:43AM on 04/10/2010
Moving it to LA has the potential to actually drop attendance. Why? Because while people in LA are willing to go to SD, folks in SD are not necessarily willing to go to LA.

Anaheim is interesting but the problem there is there's not enough hotels in the area as it is, plus Con attendees would be competing for space with Disneyland tourists.

A friend of mine who's following this much more closely than I am has already told me one likely scenario is that the Con will move after 2012 for
Moving it to LA has the potential to actually drop attendance. Why? Because while people in LA are willing to go to SD, folks in SD are not necessarily willing to go to LA.

Anaheim is interesting but the problem there is there's not enough hotels in the area as it is, plus Con attendees would be competing for space with Disneyland tourists.

A friend of mine who's following this much more closely than I am has already told me one likely scenario is that the Con will move after 2012 for two years, and then after they get their land space and contract stuff worked out, return to SD. Where it belongs.
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5:56AM on 04/10/2010

Send it to Las Vegas. Let people in California know what it's like to have to travel to get to something cool for ONCE.

I'm on the planet Utah right now, and it would be SO much easier to travel to Las Vegas to check this shit out. People in Cali are so fucking spoiled when it comes to entertainment. Make 'em work for their geekdom like the rest of us have to, god dammit. Besides, Vegas is the prostitute capital of the USA. PERFECT for 95% of the people attending Comic-Con. It's a no-brainer!
I'm on the planet Utah right now, and it would be SO much easier to travel to Las Vegas to check this shit out. People in Cali are so fucking spoiled when it comes to entertainment. Make 'em work for their geekdom like the rest of us have to, god dammit. Besides, Vegas is the prostitute capital of the USA. PERFECT for 95% of the people attending Comic-Con. It's a no-brainer!
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7:49AM on 04/10/2010
You get mad points for those last 3 sentences!
You get mad points for those last 3 sentences!
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4:20AM on 04/10/2010
I couldn't give a rat's ass one way or the other.

I'll only become concerned about the location of Comic Con when I'm cool enough to get a booth of my own.
I couldn't give a rat's ass one way or the other.

I'll only become concerned about the location of Comic Con when I'm cool enough to get a booth of my own.
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4:00AM on 04/10/2010
To quote Top Dollar:

The idea has become the institution.

The comic con isn't even about comics anymore. It's about touting genre movies. Soon they'll be screening dramas.

Sad.
To quote Top Dollar:

The idea has become the institution.

The comic con isn't even about comics anymore. It's about touting genre movies. Soon they'll be screening dramas.

Sad.
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3:06AM on 04/10/2010
Comic-con has already gotten too big for its own good. The day hollywood started crashing the party it started becoming more and more of a pop culture-con. the least thing comic-con needs is to move closer to hollywood
Comic-con has already gotten too big for its own good. The day hollywood started crashing the party it started becoming more and more of a pop culture-con. the least thing comic-con needs is to move closer to hollywood
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2:50AM on 04/10/2010
My friends and I make the trek from L.A. down to SD every year for Comic Con. I have to admit that as much as I'd love to save money on the outrageously over priced hotel rooms, I would miss making the trip every year to one of my favorite places. I'm torn on this one, but I think the saving $650 on a hotel room is enough for me to pull for L.A.
My friends and I make the trek from L.A. down to SD every year for Comic Con. I have to admit that as much as I'd love to save money on the outrageously over priced hotel rooms, I would miss making the trip every year to one of my favorite places. I'm torn on this one, but I think the saving $650 on a hotel room is enough for me to pull for L.A.
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2:23AM on 04/10/2010
When comic book related movies stop being churned out, Comic Con will shrink back to what it was originally; a show put on by comic book vendors.

Fuck L.A., Anaheim, and Vegas.

Start your own venue you lazy fucks!
When comic book related movies stop being churned out, Comic Con will shrink back to what it was originally; a show put on by comic book vendors.

Fuck L.A., Anaheim, and Vegas.

Start your own venue you lazy fucks!
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1:35AM on 04/10/2010

Yous see this is what happens...

when all the fucking Hollywood people get their greedy fucking hands on OUR FUCKING FANBOY PRODUCT. There's become WAYYYYYY too many HW industry people crashing the party over the past 3-5 years with their ideas and suggestions and bullshit on how they can make a product that's been doing just fine for decades now, better. These people need to be put in their place and banned.

Furthermore, I'm convinced they're part of the reason why most people have to order their 4-day passes almost a year
when all the fucking Hollywood people get their greedy fucking hands on OUR FUCKING FANBOY PRODUCT. There's become WAYYYYYY too many HW industry people crashing the party over the past 3-5 years with their ideas and suggestions and bullshit on how they can make a product that's been doing just fine for decades now, better. These people need to be put in their place and banned.

Furthermore, I'm convinced they're part of the reason why most people have to order their 4-day passes almost a year in advance as of late...that and those fucking Twatlighters.
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1:35AM on 04/10/2010

I complete agree with the "Hell Yes" :)

I agree with the two posts previous to mine. I think moving Comic-Con to LA will not only benefit the city but also the event itself. It is true that most of the people attending Comic-Con come LA. Also, it is true that most of the Vendors come from LA. Also, the whole Downtown area has really been revamped. I recently attended the Lady Gaga Concert at LA Live.. and let me tell you, it's a cool place, for everyone! And you're right - Comic-Con is for the fans and Pop-Culture enthusist - but
I agree with the two posts previous to mine. I think moving Comic-Con to LA will not only benefit the city but also the event itself. It is true that most of the people attending Comic-Con come LA. Also, it is true that most of the Vendors come from LA. Also, the whole Downtown area has really been revamped. I recently attended the Lady Gaga Concert at LA Live.. and let me tell you, it's a cool place, for everyone! And you're right - Comic-Con is for the fans and Pop-Culture enthusist - but whose to say that all the fans are in San Diego? If you ask me.. I think LA is a lot more accesible and a lot more recognizable to the masses than San Diego is. We have so much to offer here, not only one event.
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1:16AM on 04/10/2010

FUCK NO

I live in San Diego and I've been going to Comic-con for as long as I can remember, for it to get up and move is so sad to me. San Diego is it's home town, where it was thought up and grew up. Moving to LA is a horrible idea. I don't care if it has more room at the LACC or if it's the greenest, ITS NOT HOME! It just sounds like if it went to LA it would cell out what with the big restaurants and museums, That is not what Comic-con is. CC is for the fans and the people who love not only Comics
I live in San Diego and I've been going to Comic-con for as long as I can remember, for it to get up and move is so sad to me. San Diego is it's home town, where it was thought up and grew up. Moving to LA is a horrible idea. I don't care if it has more room at the LACC or if it's the greenest, ITS NOT HOME! It just sounds like if it went to LA it would cell out what with the big restaurants and museums, That is not what Comic-con is. CC is for the fans and the people who love not only Comics but movies, games, pop culture. Comic-con should stay in san diego and figure out a way to keep it here!
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12:58AM on 04/10/2010

HELL TO THE YES

This should happen for several reasons. San Diego is too congested at the Con now. Rooms are jacked up just for the Con like 200% at some hotels. Most of the attendees come from the LA area anyway. More to do in LA and the downtown area near the convention center is really jazzed up. The main vendors are also from LA (ie. movie studios, production houses and so forth). Lastly, LA Convention Center could double attendance and what does the economy need? A boost of any kind. Not just LA
This should happen for several reasons. San Diego is too congested at the Con now. Rooms are jacked up just for the Con like 200% at some hotels. Most of the attendees come from the LA area anyway. More to do in LA and the downtown area near the convention center is really jazzed up. The main vendors are also from LA (ie. movie studios, production houses and so forth). Lastly, LA Convention Center could double attendance and what does the economy need? A boost of any kind. Not just LA but country wide. Personal reasons aside and aplenty, it'd be good for the Con to come to the entertainment capitol of the world. Hollywood!
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12:44AM on 04/10/2010

Hell yes

Lets do this, I live in LA and all for it coming here. Downtown needs to keep improving, every other city in the US downtown is the mecca of everything happening. This will definitely help out.
Lets do this, I live in LA and all for it coming here. Downtown needs to keep improving, every other city in the US downtown is the mecca of everything happening. This will definitely help out.
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