Comic Con 2008: Going, Going, Gone

Van Jensen

Van Jensen is a former crime reporter turned comic book writer. In addition to ComicMix, he contributes to Publishers Weekly and Comic Book Resources. He lives in Atlanta, and his blog can be found at

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7 Responses

  1. Linda Gold says:

    I had no doubt after last years show which features lines that were hours long for many panels and a show floor that was almost impossible to move on at most times that the show has gotten too large for the convention center but where would they go? Certainly they would have to leave San Diego but I doubt if they want to leave the West Coast since it has become such a magnet for the La movie/TV crowd. I don't know much about that area. is there some place larger for them to use?

  2. Adriane Nash says:

    That article makes it sound like the small press area and artist's alley are one and the same. Which its always been my understanding is not the case. Weird.

  3. John Tebbel says:

    I'm thinking Anaheim. And monkeys. How about you?

  4. Sergio Lopez says:

    Yeah, well, they've got contracts with the city of San Diego to use the convention center for a few more years — until 2012, I believe.

  5. Dave Glanzer says:

    I will say I took issue with a couple of items in the article. As an example; the area given to Small Press has not changed. And, in regard to Artists Alley, this year we are able to accommodate 210 artists, up 43 artists from last year when we had 167 spaces. And I should point out that the 167 was up 20 people from the year previous where we accommodated 147. And I will state emphatically that no publisher, or any exhibitor, for that matter, has been asked to reduce their booth size to make way for Hollywood. Or any other exhibitor.Each year the floor changes in configuration. Some exhibitors hope to expand their space, some exhibitors reduce their space and still others elect not to return for any number of reasons. This is true this year as well. When additional space becomes available, we try to accommodate requests of long time exhibitors first, while still keeping the floor dynamic by welcoming new exhibitors.I liken it to a restaurant. If I go to a restaurant and ask for a table for one (which, sadly, happens more often then I care to admit) sometimes the establishment can accomodate me, even on a busy night. However, if I ask for a table for four, or six or more, well then it gets tricky. The same is true for Comic-Con.