Here’s an article about the San Diego con that ran in the NY Times a few weeks ago. It’s nice to see the con getting mainstream attention, but it’s a bit annoying to see them calling out stuff like this advice from the con magazine: “Please don’t smell bad.” Well, yeah, it does seem like some people at the con need to be told that. But it’s really not a defining characteristic of the average con-goer.
And the Times calls the con “decidedly low-rent.” I think that anyone who can afford a hotel room in San Diego during the con is *not* low-rent. Sure, there are a lot of people who would rather spend their money on comics and related merchandise at the con than spend it in an overpriced hotel restaurant, but regardless, the con has to be pumping a lot of money into San Diego each year. Heck, I’m pretty sure I drop about $200 each con, just at Starbucks!
(Here’s a blog post on this article that I mostly agree with.)