Superman has landed, the Hulk is lurking around every corner and Batman is brooding all over San Diego today. Comic-Con has officially started, or at least the one in San Diego has. Lisa Halverstadt (superhero alias: Quester) looked out over all the other comic conventions taking place throughout the country and found the “Comic-Con” moniker has been co-opted for other major conventions that are drawing similar crowds. “New York Comic Con and Salt Lake Comic Con… closely rival San Diego’s size and firepower,” Halverstadt writes.
There’s actually some legal snafu between our Comic-Con and Salt Lake City’s, over their use of the name. Some of the conventions cater to specific comic book tastes more than others. But they don’t have what San Diego has: stars living in our backyard. “None boast as much Hollywood influence as San Diego,” Halverstadt notes.
• There was originally some question over whether Comic-Con was going to stay in San Diego, but those fears were allayed recently — for the short term, at least — and the Con is set to stay in San Diego through 2018. The dynamic duo of Halverstadt and NBC 7’s Catherine Garcia explain why that deal had a lot to do with negotiating over hotel rooms in our most recent San Diego Explained.
• Close enough to see the Convention Center but far enough away to be ignored by Comic-Con, one Barrio Logan business owner has decided to showcase the Latin-American side of comics and give a venue for Barrio Logan dwellers to celebrate comics. He calls it Chicano-Con, PRI writes, and he’s giving away thousands of comic books to attendees, using the tasting room and parking lot space from his brewery, Border X Brewery.
• If throwbacks are your thing, the L.A. Times has a doozy: a remembrance of every year of Comic-Con in one timeline.
• Comic-Con was hosted in Golden Hall once upon a time, San Diego Downtown Partnership noted on its Facebook page.