What originally began as a small comic book convention named the Golden State Comic Con in 1970, held in the basement of the iconic U.S. Grant with just over 300 attendees, has grown into the largest convention in the Americas and the fourth largest convention in the world. Last weekend, over 130,000 comic aficionados poured into the San Diego Convention Center.
Today, the center is barely large enough to house the convention, but just 30 years ago the con was held at the El Cortez Hotel with just 5,000 attendees. Throughout the first 20 years of it’s existence, Comic Con was housed at hotels like Holiday Inn and the Hyatt, but in 1991 the convention center became it’s official place of residence.
It’s unbelievable that 10 years ago the con was attracting one-fourth of the audience it attracts today! We hope that you enjoyed all the sights and sounds of San Diego Comic Con, and may the force be with you.
Here’s a fun fact to share with your friends: In 1979, $12,000 in receipts were stolen from the home of the con’s treasurer. As a result, Comic Con had to ask for donations to pay its bills!
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