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Posted at 12:01 PM ET, 04/28/2010

San Diego makes half-million-dollar offer to keep Comic-Con

By Michael Cavna


As Los Angeles and Anaheim ramp up their efforts to woo San Diego's Comic Con International from, yes, San Diego, "America's Finest City" is amping up its effort to protect its 41-year-old turf.

San Diego says it will pony up a cool half-million dollars in hotel tax revenue to keep the four-day cash cow. That money would help defray organizer costs to get attendees to the 'Con, the San Diego Union-Tribune is reporting.

The offer, from the board that runs the nonprofit Tourism Marketing District, means budgeting $100,000 annually over a five-year period for the 'Con.

According to the U-T: "The financial commitment, made during a special meeting Friday, would cover 2011 and 2012, when San Diego's contract with Comic-Con International expires, plus 2013 through 2015. It is contingent on convention organizers agreeing to stay put for the three additional years."

A decision reportedly is expected within three weeks.

In recent years, the 'Con has sold out in advance. Single-day tickets and four-day passes are already sold out for this year's event -- July 22-25.

That popularity has drawn contentions that the event has outgrown the San Diego Convention Center. Los Angeles and Anaheim say they could offer larger convention space. Last year's lucrative 'Con drew more than 125,000 attendees -- making it the largest event of its kind in the world.

Meanwhile: The Facebook page Keep Comic Con in San Diego! noted yesterday that it now has more than 10,000 "fans." Facebook pages also have recently been started for the Anaheim and Los Angeles campaigns to land the 'Con.

My two cents: I'll say it again...Let's hope San Diego Comic-Con doesn't forfeit its soul by relocating. Sending the 'Con to Anaheim or L.A. (and I have attachments to all three sites) would be like moving Mardi Gras to Miami. It just ain't right.

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By Michael Cavna  | April 28, 2010; 12:01 PM ET
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Comic-Con has *already* forfeited its soul, by making its comics-related aspects be nearly a secondary attraction as it primarily hypes the newest movie releases. Moving to the home of Hollywood or of Disneyland would just be an acknowledgement of the con's current raison d'etre.

Posted by: seismic-2 | April 28, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

I don't know. How about moving it to Baltimore or Washington so I could actually go to it.

Posted by: MARKHAGNER | April 29, 2010 9:20 AM | Report abuse

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