So this Saturday I decided to make a trip downtown and check out Comic Con, grab some dinner, and observe all of the overzealous tourists. Comic Con was estimated to produce $175 million into the regional economy and $2.5 million in hotel taxes which goes directly to the city. The moment I stepped off of the MTS Trolley directly in front of the Convention Center I was lost inside a sea of people. Thousands of bodies dressed as action heroes, zombies, and cyborgs flooded the streets of Downtown San Diego. I have never seen anything like it before. There was music coming from all of the bars, 3-D billboards on buildings, people passing out free memorabilia, and jumbo screens projecting scenes from upcoming movies and TV shows. The restaurants and bars all over the city were all packed with tourists who were all there to embraced their inner nerd and have a great time. The weather this weekend was cloudy which kept everyone comfortably cool especially those who decided to dress in full costumes.
One of the booths located outside was called Ender’s Game which is a movie about a group of special trained children on a quest to save humankind. The exhibit allowed tourists to walk through the sets from the actual movie, check out the costumes and props used, as well as an opportunity to have a fleet badge printed out with your name and picture.
Next year I would love to go inside the Convention Center and check out what goes on inside. However, rumor has it that Comic Con will be moved to Vegas because it is getting too big the San Diego to host. I hope it stays in San Diego because it has been held here since 1970 and is now a fundamental component of our culture and history.