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SDCC ’10 | Scuffle over seats in Hall H ends in stabbing [Update]

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Multiple reports are emerging out of Comic-Con International this afternoon of a scuffle over seats in Hall H, ending in a stabbing. The massive room, where many of the film presentations are held, was locked down, and a man led away in handcuffs by police.

Although details are scarce at the moment, Dread Central reports the fight erupted just as the Resident Evil: Afterlife panel was ending about 4:45 p.m. PST. The fight between two attendees allegedly broke out when one of them refused to change seats. According to Dread Central, one man stabbed the other in the eye with a pen.

The lockdown of Hall H means panels for Paul and Cowboys & Aliens have been delayed, leading the hotly anticipated Marvel Studios presentation to be pushed back.

Comic Book Resources is attempting to contact Elite Security, the San Diego Police Department and area hospitals for more details. We’ll update as more information is available.

Update: CBR has details from San Diego police, and photos of the suspect.



Seriously? Over the next craptastic RE movie?

Dude, no resident evil movie is worth someone’s eye and jail time.

If anything, another RE would make me stab myself in the eyes if I had to see it.


Brandon McKinnis

July 24, 2010 at 6:23 pm

You stay classy San Diego.

I guess someone wanted to see a pencil trick.

What an asshole. He just delayed the Thor/Captain America and Avengers cast panel. Oh and stabbed a guy.

Wow – the response to a stabbing is jokes about the quality of video game movies and allusions to a Batman movie.

You stay classy, comics internet.

This is why we can’t have nice things.

It obviously wasn’t over RE as it happened after RE was over. This is about people camping out in that horrible room all day and this is the crap that is bound to happen. It’s why I’m happy to never go to the San Diego Comic Con again. Now they’ll no doubt have metal detectors at every door and it’ll take even longer to get in the freaking place.

COMIC CON Its all fun and games til someone looses an eye!

Wow – Someone getting all serious about snippy Internet posts to pointless violence.

You stay predictable, Debbie Downer.

Wow… I’ve never been to SDCC, but after this I think the event has gotten too big for its own good.

If you go to the AV Club site, the guy filing reports over there has been talking a lot about how frustrating the whole thing has become. In large part, due to people camping out in Hall H all day long. The discussion over there has been about how SDCC needs to do pre-registration for panels, which would also necessitate clearing the rooms out between panels.

Not sure how practical that is, but it might avoid horrible situations like what happened today. Yeesh.

A pencil wouldn’t trigger a metal detector, I’m thinking.

It’s not “bound” to happen, it practically never happens. You can’t do psych check on every comic con attendee and things are usually peaceful. No need to overreact.

I agree with Daniel. When I went to SDCC a few years back it was a nightmare. The place is packed. I expect new rules next year about security. And a huge lawsuit.

“No, no I hear you dude. You’re totally right dude. Dick Grayson should rock the ponytail when he becomes Nightwing again. No totallly. That dude sitting beside you totally had it coming to him. I mean fer reals man. But the law’s the law y’know? If it were up to me…”

Louis Bright-Raven

July 24, 2010 at 6:57 pm

No, they won’t have metal detectors, Daniel. That’s too much trouble. They’ll just have to make it so that you can only attend one presentation per room per day, and you’ll have to have a pass for a specific event or you won’t be let in, period. And they’ll probably charge you extra for the special pass, just to make it more manageable and to make a few extra bucks. (I’m not saying they’re gonna soak you – maybe $2 a pass per presentation.)

Personally, I hope this incident makes the city of San Diego tell the management to take their dog and pony show to Los Angeles. Then maybe they can get a NEW management group in place and get a REAL comics convention in place again, instead of all the video games, movies, and television studios running roughshod and forcing the people who actually matter – the fans and creators- out the doors.

The Ugly American

July 24, 2010 at 7:07 pm

Christ, if they administered psych tests to everyone that went to Comic Con for admittance, it’d be emptier than {humorous allusion to something empty}.

The Ugly American

July 24, 2010 at 7:08 pm

Grant Morrison couldn’t have been at any panels.

The Ugly American

July 24, 2010 at 7:08 pm

Forum System >>>>> Comment System

The Ugly American

July 24, 2010 at 7:09 pm

I’ll just go stay classy now. No need for me to lose an eye over this.

Guess the Pen IS mightier

I can’t help but wonder if this was a 2D VS 3D argument… “Try watching #d with only one eye! Take that!”
All joking aside, this situation is very not cool. I can only hope that the victim is fit and well soon.

It’s a good thing that Comic-Con doesn’t premier movies about ganstas and thugs cuz then the shit will really hit the fan. I feel bad for the guy who lost an eye though.

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