July 20, 2011
Comic-Con International Where: San Diego Convention Center, 111 W. Harbor Drive, San Diego When: Wednesday (preview night) 6-9 p.m.; Thursday-Saturday 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Price: Sold out Information: http://www.comic-con.org
July 23, 2010 |
Over the years, Comic-Con's movie-centric Hall H has offered some pretty great surprises. Robert Downey Jr. has been involved with a few of them. Hugh Jackman, who unexpectedly turned up at a "Wolverine" panel back in 2008 and sent the crowd into a tizzy, helped make for a classic moment. But lately the Comic-Con surprise has felt about as fresh as your Uncle Murray's surprise birthday party. The problem? So many of these types of moments have been orchestrated over the years that they've ceased to be, well, surprising.
July 21, 2010 |
Homer Simpson, Stewie Griffin and SpongeBob SquarePants are the kinds of characters you'd expect to see hanging around the teeming corridors of Comic-Con, the annual comics, games and toys convention that gathers through this weekend in San Diego. But what about those crooning kids from "Glee," Fox's live-action hit? Where exactly is the comic-book connection to USA's crime procedural "White Collar"? Tell us again why there's a panel devoted to "Dexter," Showtime's sly serial killer drama, which was adapted from a novel, but not one of the graphic variety?
May 10, 2010 |
Even if Los Angeles fails to woo one of the nation's biggest gatherings of comic book fanatics, the city at least has netted a major conference of computer techies. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is expected to announce Monday that the city will host Microsoft Corp.'s Worldwide Partner Conference 2011, a gathering of the company's staffers and business partners July 10 to 14 next year. The conference is expected to bring about 15,000 attendees, who would spend an estimated $45 million, officials say. It would be one of the biggest gatherings at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
March 20, 2010 |
Call it a clash of the titans. San Diego has been home to the wildly successful comic book and pop culture convention Comic-Con International for nearly 40 years. But with the four-day festival surging in popularity and outgrowing the San Diego Convention Center, Los Angeles and Anaheim are vying to steal the lucrative show away. "Wherever it goes, that would be a very significant convention to land," said Doug Ducate, president of the Center for Exhibition Industry Research, a Dallas-based nonprofit group that tracks the convention and trade show industry.
December 7, 2008 |
You can be among the first to fill a room at the 1,190-room Hilton San Diego Bayfront, for a preview rate. The deal: The new 30-story hotel near the San Diego Convention Center, is offering a standard room for $139 a night (pretax). You can get even greater savings with a $159 (pretax) package that includes a standard room, high-speed wireless Internet access (usually $9.