Editorials/Opinions

Con Flashback: 10 Years A Con Goer

Welcome to another edition of Con Flashback, where staff from the SDCC Unofficial Blog take a stroll down memory lane thanks in part to your suggestions! This week’s suggestion comes to us from Stephanie Shamblin via Twitter: Evic Oropilla I look back at SDCC 2006 with fond memories as I remember it as being more fun than stressful as I ... Read More »

Con Flashback: Ballroom 20 versus Hall H

We’re starting a weekly column, that’s all about looking back at Comic-Con’s of the past. Have you ever wondered what the UBlog staff’s favorite panel was? Or their favorite place to eat during the convention? If you have a question you’d like us to tackle, please let us know in the comments. This week’s question comes to use from Angela ... Read More »

Editorial: How Do You Solve A Problem Like Hotelpocalypse?

#Hotelpocalypse is probably not the hashtag that Comic-Con International was hoping would trend, or be written about by San Diego’s own Union-Tribune. But it was — and for good reason, as every year, even with very slow progress (thanks for offering attendees more insight into the process this year, CCI!), the San Diego Comic-Con General Hotel Sale process is still a ... Read More »

Editorial: Breaking Up (With Exclusives) Is Hard to Do

MattyCollector, what have you done to me? Last year, you seduced me with your wares, and I dove head-first into the world of Comic-Con exclusive pre-orders. I was nervous and trembling, but you took my hand and led me through the process so gently. Then, I found it: Leonard Nimoy in his Spock costume leaning against his 1964 Buick Riviera. ... Read More »

San Diego Convention Center Expansion: An Update

Is the San Diego Convention Center being expanded? Right now, that’s still an open-ended question, but it’s important to note that there are three different convention center plans. So let’s break them down that way. Plan One – Contiguous: The original contiguous expansion plan (meaning that it would be an add-on to the current facility) is currently in limbo. Although ... Read More »

Marriott Expansion Paves Way for Comic-Con Growth

Comic-Con’s neighbor hotel, the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina, is wrapping up over a year and a half of construction on an expansion project that is adding a huge amount of event space to the hotel, including two ballrooms that are the largest on the West Coast. Attendees may have seen the early stages of construction during last year’s Comic-Con ... Read More »

Lessons Learned: Never Assume, It Can Be A Legendary Mistake

With San Diego Comic-Con over and my euphoria beginning to wain, I can now reflect back on this year’s Comic-Con and point out a lesson I re-learned this year and that should be one of your ten SDCC commandments: NEVER ASSUME anything and make sure to always ask questions! This year for some odd reason I forgot to do this. ... Read More »

EDITORIAL: The San Diego Comic-Con General Hotel Sale Failed On Every Level – And Why That’s Not Acceptable

UPDATE: At 6:08PM PT on March 27, 2015, Comic-Con International issued this statement to us: We’re obviously disappointed the hotel sale didn’t run as smoothly as we would have liked. Our attendees are very important to us and we have worked very hard to secure more room blocks and reduced rates at area hotels. We continue to strive to provide ... Read More »

Exploring the Marvel Experience

Since Comic-Con can’t come soon enough, we can be satisfied for now by The Marvel Experience, the “hyper-reality tour” that takes you inside the world of Marvel, currently open at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in San Diego. It has been extended until Sunday, March 1st. Tickets are still available on The Marvel Experience web site. In short, the Experience is a fun and ... Read More »