Comic-Con: No One Knows What to Call This Thing
San Diego Comic-Con International suffers from an ailment, a nagging symptom, a tsetse fly in the ointment. Call it the Curse of the Lame Name Game. Comic-Con -- as great an event as it is -- cannot seem to land upon a good, vaguely rockin' nickname. Even 40 years on, the deed has proved as elusive and disheartening as San Diego Zoo pandas trying to produce a marquee spawnlet.
As I strolled the Preview Night halls last night, I heard valiant but doomed attempts to peg that nickname. "SDCC," ventured one dude. (Round these parts, that long meant San Diego City College.) "CCI," uttered another. (Not only non-catchy, but it's the name of the publishing platform that such clients as The Post use.)
Back in the day, many of us just called it "The Con" -- that's even how Stan Lee referred to it the other day to Comic Riffs. (Which in the '80s led to far too many "Wrath of 'Con" headlines.) But given the sheer volume of high-end merch on the floor now, "the Con" as a term takes on more nefarious overtones.
Some will say that the event is so mega, it has outgrown the need for a catchy nickname. But that's precisely why this still-wacky event needs a nickname now: To at least maintain the illusion of approachable friendliness.
The "Connie"? The "Commie"?? Surely you can do better than I. So the Official 'Riffs Question of the Day is: What would you nickname San Diego Comic-Con International? Your suggestions are invited.
| July 23, 2009; 10:40 AM ET
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