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Millennium Faulconer says Comic-Con decision is “imminent”

July 26, 2010 - 1:24 pm

OK,  so that’s really not news; everyone expects San Diego Comic Con to make a decision any day now. However, it is interesting that this was the first year City Council member Kevin Faulconer experienced the wackiness that is the planet’s greatest pop culture event.

“I met the actor who plays Chewbacca,” Faulconer, who attended with his nine-year-old son, says. “He was cool! You know, I loved all the technology that was on display and, of course, just the costumes.”

Faulconer’s talking about Peter Mayhew, who was at a small booth at the back of the convention center exhibition hall…which (correct me if I’m wrong, Kevin) means that he had to go out of his way to traverse the sprawling crowds. That sounds to me like he was getting in touch with his inner nerd. His son, too, was in the grip of the force of the Star Wars lego displays.

What a non-Comic-conner probably doesn’t realize until one actually gets down to Harbor Drive is the extent that the convention takes over downtown. Sponsored by film companies and television networks, restaurants change their names for the event. Hotels–like this one of the  “Scott Pilgrim” Hilton Faulconer posted to his Facebook account–have redone their exterior to advertise films.

So, Faulconer, of course, is backing the nerds and while he says a decision is “imminent,” he can’t say for sure which way it will go.

“I’ll tell you, we’ve got a lot San Diegans, industry and businesses,  pushing very hard, including those of us at City Hall,” Faulconer says. “This event is a huge success for San Diego, nationally and locally. There were CNN clips over the weekend highlighting  San Diego and that’s very important for us as a tourst destination. It’s one of the busiest times  of the year for hotels and restaurants. It’s  a shot in the arm for the economy and we need to continue to fight to keep Comic-Con here.

“I think, when you look at the location–downtown, the Gaslamp, the water front, who wants to go to LA?”

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