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With Comic-Con International kicking off in a few hours, the media circus is in full swing. Here are a few links to read while you’re waiting for the doors to open:
• The Washington Post’s Comic Riffs talks to Stan Lee, Dan DiDio and Sergio Aragones, among others, about whether or not the con should move to another city. “Vegas, please. I’m advocating for all the hookers. All those fanboys would be like manna dropping from heaven. Honestly, some of those folks in the Storm Trooper suits REALLY need a little action. Now that I’ve said that, I should mention that I’ll be appearing for my Comic Con speech in a storm troopers costume. I take it back,” said Bloom County creator Berkeley Breathed.
• USA Today spotlights video games, TV shows and movies that will be featured at the con this year, while the Wall Street Journal has their own list. Which ones will kill? The Hollywood Reporter might have some thoughts.
Heat Vision, meanwhile, talks to several screenwriters about adapting comics into movies.
• A popular topic with the media is costumes at Comic-Con; this one, about a Nazi memorabilia booth that’ll be set up at the show, is a bit more serious than you’d expect.
• Sign-on San Diego looks at how the locals are making money during “San Diego’s annual Super Bowl.”
“This piece of business (from Comic-Con) is worth about $1.5 million to us through a combination of rooms, food and beverage and sponsorship vehicles like the building wrap,” said a gleeful Donovan Henson, area director of sales and marketing for Hiltons of San Diego. “A weekend in the summertime is going to be busy in San Diego, but with 125,000 people in San Diego exposed to our hotel who may come back, there’s real value to that.”
• SanDiego.com highlights several happy hours fans can hit after the show.
• And finally, the L.A Times blog Brand X Daily spotlights efforts by Rose & Isabel creator Ted Mathot and other creators to establish a new convention called Creator-Con.
“We found ourselves more and more frustrated with the direction [Comic-Con] was taking,” Mathot said. “It appeared to us that a dramatic shift was taking place, a move away from individual artists, creators, and comics… There are a number of folks that have decided to bow out this year.” They are still in the early stages of planning so there are no details yet on when and where the new convention will take place.