May 30, 2017

Comic-Con staying in San Diego

By Sean O’Connell Officials are expected to announce this morning a five-year deal that will keep the annual Comic-Con celebration in San Diego.

Contracts negotiated between Comic-Con and the city of San Diego officials that resulted in discounted hotel rates through 2015 were “key to the decision,” according to the San Diego Union Tribune.

“We’ve always had a desire to stay in San Diego, and we had three amazing proposals,” Comic-Con spokesman David Glanzer told the newspaper. “It was obviously a very difficult decision, one born out by the amount of time it’s taken to make that decision. But in the end San Diego was able to address a lot of our concerns.

“It’s never been a secret we’d hoped to stay here, but the real challenge was that those who want to attend the event can afford to attend, in terms of size and space and cost.”

The article goes on to say that Anaheim and Los Angeles tried to lure the film-television-and-comic-book festival out of San Diego, and offered cheap hotel rooms and available convention space.

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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