Category Archives: San Diego Comic-Con 2010

Comic-Con staying in San Diego

By Lori Weisberg
The San Diego Union-Tribune

Thursday, September 30, 2010 at 3:52 p.m.

Comic-Con, that whimsical show that for decades has been delivering costumed superheroes and Hollywood celebs to town, will be here five more years, ending months of speculation that San Diego’s largest convention might head north to Anaheim or Los Angeles where hotel rates are cheaper and exhibit space more plentiful.

Ultimately, Comic-Con International’s decision to stay, which will be announced Friday morning, hinged on detailed contracts negotiated with the 64 convention block hotels committing them to prescribed, discounted rates through 2015. Concerns had arisen in recent years that some local hotels took undue advantage of the enormously popular event by charging excessively high rates, especially in downtown where rooms sell out quickly during the four-day July confab.

Comic-Con’s current contract with San Diego’s convention center expires in 2012, which led organizers to begin looking elsewhere for the years 2013 to 2015.

In the end, San Diego proved to be a sentimental favorite for organizers of the convention, which debuted in 1970 as a relatively small gathering of devoted comic book fans.

“We’ve always had a desire to stay in San Diego, and we had three amazing proposals,” said Comic-Con spokesman David Glanzer. “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.”

Estimated to deliver an annual economic bonanza of $163 million to the San Diego region, the pop culture phenomenon was wooed aggressively by rival convention cities who offered lucrative deals capitalizing on convention organizers’ long-held concerns that they had outgrown San Diego’s smaller center.

While the bids were confidential, it was rumored that Los Angeles offered convention space at no cost.

At one point, competition for the convention grew so fierce that Los Angeles and Anaheim tourism officials launched dueling Facebook fan pages designed to demonstrate the depth of their commitment to nabbing Comic-Con. San Diego fans, however, had already debuted a month earlier their own “Keep Comic-Con in San Diego” Facebook page, which has roughly seven times the number of fans.

Despite being disappointed by the decision, Anaheim tourism officials remain optimistic that Comic-Con could eventually come their way in the future. “We certainly recognize how difficult a decision this was by virtue of how long it took,” said Charles Ahlers, president of the Anaheim/Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau. “We understand it was not a unanimous decision by Comic-Con so clearly there is interest in alternative locations so that gives us hope for the future.”

Although the city has plans to significantly expand the center and is in the midst of selecting an architect, funding must still be identified for the $750 million project.

Recognizing Comic-Con’s more immediate need for added space for exhibitors and the more than 130,000 attendees that flood the city, San Diego’s three waterfront hotels — the Manchester Grand Hyatt, San Diego Marriott and Hilton San Diego Bayfront — committed to providing roughly 300,000 square feet of their meeting space free of charge in 2013 through 2015. In addition, the Convention Center Corp., working with local hotels, was able to double the number of dedicated convention hotel rooms to roughly 14,000.

As much as holding onto the convention had become a matter of civic pride, more important are the huge revenues that come San Diego’s way each year the event is held. A 2008 survey of conventioneers found that direct spending alone on hotels, meals, transportation and related costs totals nearly $68 million a year.

Add to that the worldwide publicity the convention commands because of its Hollywood star power, and it’s no surprise that city leaders and hoteliers often liken Comic-Con to having a Super Bowl in town ever year.

The Green Hornet and Black Beauty Photos

Upcoming Green Hornet Merchandise

A bullet ridden Black Beauty

The Green Hornet Girls from San Diego Comic Con

Wrap up of SDCC 2010 – Costume Photos

Celebrity Photos at San Diego Comic Con 2010 – Part 3 of 3

Source: ontheredcarpet.com

 

‘Stand By Me’ and ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’ actor Will Wheaton is seen at Comic-Con in San Diego on Thursday, July 23, 2010.

Actor Seth Green is seen with a ‘Star Wars’ character at a G4 party at Comic-Con in San Diego on Thursday, July 22, 2010.

‘Battle: Los Angeles’ director Jonathan Liebesman at Comic-Con 2010 in San Diego.

Actress Michelle Rodriguez at Comic-Con 2010 in San Diego.

Actor Aaron Eckhart is seen at a panel for the upcoming film ‘Battle: Los Angeles’ at Comic-Con in San Diego on Thursday, July 22, 2010.

Actor Aaron Eckhart is seen at a panel for the upcoming film ‘Battle: Los Angeles’ at Comic-Con in San Diego on Thursday, July 22, 2010.

 

Comedians Tina Fey and Will Ferrell at Comic-Con 2010 in San Diego.

Sylvester Stallone and some of his cast members from ‘The Expendables’ are seen at Comic-Con in San Diego on Thursday, July 22, 2010.

 ‘Tron: Legacy’ movie panel at Comic-Con 2010 in San Diego.

Celebrity Photos at San Diego Comic Con 2010 – Part 2 of 3

Source: OnTheRedCarpet.com

 

 Danny Devito got a warm welcome from fans at Comic-Con in San Diego on Saturday July 24, 2010.

Actress Eva Mendes is seen at Comic-Con in San Diego on Friday, July 23, 2010.

 Actor Nicolas Cage is seen at Comic-Con in San Diego on Thursday, July 22, 2010.

Actress Aisha Tyler is seen at Comic-Con in San Diego on Thursday, July 22, 2010.

Actor Dulé Hill is seen at Comic-Con in San Diego on Thursday, July 22, 2010.

 ‘Attack of the Show’ host and actress Olivia Munn is seen at a G4 party at Comic-Con in San Diego on Thursday, July 22, 2010.

‘Attack of the Show’ host and actress Olivia Munn poses with Storm Troopers at a G4 party at Comic-Con in San Diego on Thursday, July 22, 2010.

 ‘Entourage’ star William Fichtner is seen at Comic-Con in San Diego on Thursday, July 22, 2010.

 ‘Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog’ star Felicia Day is seen at Comic-Con in San Diego on Thursday, July 22, 2010.

 ‘Vampire Diaries’ actress Kelly Hu is seen at a G4 party at Comic-Con in San Diego on Thursday, July 22, 2010.

‘Star Trek’ director and ‘Lost’ creator J.J. Abrams at Comic-Con in San Diego on Thursday, July 22, 2010.

‘Dollhouse’ creator Joss Whedon at Comic-Con on Thursday, July 22, 2010.

Celebrity Photos at San Diego Comic Con 2010 – Part 1 of 3

Source: OnTheRedCarpet.com

Actress Sigourney Weaver was seen at Comic-Con in San Diego on Saturday July 24, 2010.

 

Actor Ryan Reynolds was seen at Comic-Con in San Diego on Saturday July 24, 2010

Actress Vanessa Hudgens was seen at Comic-Con in San Diego on Saturday July 24, 2010.

Actor Jeff Bridges was seen at Comic-Con in San Diego on Saturday July 24, 2010.

Actress Blake Lively was seen at Comic-Con in San Diego on Saturday July 24, 2010.

Actor Tom Felton from ‘Harry Potter’ was seen at Comic-Con in San Diego on Saturday July 24, 2010.

Actor Tom Sizemore was seen at Comic-Con in San Diego on Saturday July 24, 2010.

Director Joss Whedon was seen at Comic-Con in San Diego on Saturday July 24, 2010.

Actor Will Ferrell was seen at Comic-Con in San Diego on Saturday July 24, 2010.

Actor Seth Rogen is seen Comic-Con in San Diego on Saturday July 24, 2010.

Director Guillermo del Toro, who just announced he’s developing a new Haunted Mansion movie, is seen at Comic-Con in San Diego on Saturday July 24, 2010.

Mark Wahlberg was seen at Comic-Con in San Diego on Saturday July 24, 2010.

More SDCC 2010 Comic Con Photos – Sunday (firstshowing.net)

Source: Comic-Con 2010: Our Final Sunday Showfloor Photo Gallery!
Firstshowing.net
July 26, 2010
by Alex Billington


San Diego Comic Con 2010 Photos from MTV

THE WALT DISNEY STUDIOS AND GUILLERMO DEL TORO DEVELOPING DISNEY’S HAUNTED MANSION

THE WALT DISNEY STUDIOS AND GUILLERMO DEL TORO DEVELOPING DISNEY’S HAUNTED MANSION

Del Toro Set to Write and Produce Film for Disney

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – July 22, 2010 –Guillermo del Toro surprised the 6,500 fans gathered today at Comic-Con with the announcement that he is currently developing a new film for The Walt Disney Studios based on the classic Disney theme park attraction, The Haunted Mansion.

“Dark imagery is an integral part of the Walt Disney legacy. After all, Disney himself was the father of some really chilling moments and characters – think Chernabog from Fantasia or Maleficent as the Dragon or the Evil Queen in Snow White,” said del Toro. “I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of my own adaptation of the original theme park attraction Walt envisioned and that remains- for me- the most desirable piece of real estate in the whole world!”

“Millions of people from around the world visit The Haunted Mansion each year, but no one has ever had a tour guide like Guillermo del Toro,” said Rich Ross, Chairman of The Walt Disney Studios. “Guillermo is one of the most gifted and innovative filmmakers working today and he is going to take audiences on a visually-thrilling journey like they’ve never experienced before.”

Since August 1969, foolish mortals have dared to trespass on the macabre grounds of Disney’s Haunted Mansion. A hallowed landmark in Disneyland’s New Orleans square, it’s the dwelling place of 999 happy haunts dying to meet new visitors each day. The plantation-style of the mansion’s facade is a sweet deception for visitors. Inside, ghostly doom buggies line the hallways. Since its construction, the mysteries of the mansion have transcended the attraction with stories surfacing about horrifying encounters with the supernatural. Versions of the daunting edifice have been built at other Disney theme parks in Orlando, Tokyo and Paris.

Excerpt from San Diego Comic Con

On Thursday, it was reported that Guillermo del Toro would be producing a new version of The Haunted Mansion, but now we have the full discussion of the project from the man himself. Check out everything he had to say at Comic-Con after the break.

Guillermo del Toro: I went to Disneyland the first time when I was three years old, and I was a lump of fat about this big. And I fortunately was there the year the mansion opened, and I’ve been there every year at least once for the rest of my life. It’s one of those places that I go to… Literally, that’s how freaky I am, unfortunately.

This is a place where I go to when I need to think, when I need to relax and unwind. When we were going through the worst process of Mimic in 1997, we were doing post in Los Angeles and I would go on the weekend and ride it over and over again.

And to me, my man cave, my little house that I have… I have my own Haunted Mansion room with the gargoyles, the wallpaper, original art by Marc Davis, and so on and so forth. And I always felt that the Haunted Mansion told such stories without having to be done solely as a horror film. I thought that the clash or the poignancy of Claude Coates, Rolly, and Marc Davis created a unique flavor for the Mansion.

I would love to say we are doing the movie, it’s live-action. It is going to be in 3D. And we’re making the Haunted Mansion the most haunted place on Earth. And we are doing it by being true to the spirit and the art and the aesthetic of the original Imagineers that created the mansion.

We are not returning Eddie Murphy’s calls.

[laughter]

And we are not making it a comedy. We are making it into an e-ticket ride. We are going to make it scary and fun at the same time. But the scary will be scary. And to me, the mansion has to become the haunted house movie that a generation remembers and loves after being created by us. We are doing this by reintroducing… the mythology in the mansion will be done, and this is really for the hardcore fans, it is going to be created around the character we are reintroducing into the tale. And it is my biggest hope that we can reintroduce it right. And that is the Hatbox Ghost.

SDCC 2010 Exclusive #73: Hallmark Cards Mr. Burns’ Christmas “Bonus” – The Simpsons Ornament

Price: $20.00
Production Run: 500

This ornament depicts the boss you love to hate from televisions “The Simpsons” offering his idea of a generous holiday gift, 100 per day.