On Wednesday 27th June 2018, friends of AEISD and incredible San Diego charity force Traveling Stories hosted a star-studded panel on comics, comics publishing and the Comic-Con landscape: COMICS IN SAN DIEGO: THE IMPACT ON CULTURE & ECONOMY, held at the Revel Revel meeting space in the city. And when we say ‘star-studded’, we may be talking about a rather specific roster of dignitaries but they’re star-studded to me!
Featuring a line-up comprising of Ted Adams (Founder & CEO of IDW Publishing), David Glanzer (Chief Communications & Strategy Officer at San Diego Comic-Con), Gil Cabrera (Board Chair of the San Diego Convention Center), Colleen Anderson (General Manager at Omni San Diego Hotel), Rob Schupp (Director of Marketing & Communications at MTS), Adam Smith (Executive Director of the Comic-Con Center for Popular Culture at Balboa Park), and Tom Waltz (Senior Staff Writer/Editor at IDW), discussed the impact of comics on the city, on its economic footprint and on the lifestyle and tenor of San Diego.
It was a sparking conversation with a whole raft of con attendees relevant content and updates, especially from Gil Cabrera who talked about the planned expansion to the Convention Center, Adam Smith who talked about CCI’s intentions for the Hall Of Champions space, and Ted Adams who revealed that the eagerly-anticipated season opener for WYNONNA EARP, scheduled to air at Horton Plaza over the week of San Diego Comic-Con.
Our ‘man on the ground’, Dan Berry, was lucky enough to be invited along to provide a livestream of the panel (both to the Traveling Stories and An Englishman In San Diego Facebook pages) on the night. And, to round out the coverage, he also recorded the session for our YouTube channel. Enjoy!