Comic-Con by the numbers
The San Diego Convention Center on Tuesday, just prior to the start of Comic-Con.
July 11th, 2012
03:17 PM ET

Comic-Con by the numbers

Here's a quick look at some of the most important numbers in San Diego Comic-Con's 40-plus year history, according to the Con organizers:

300: The number of people who attended the first Comic-Con in 1970. That first Con took place in the basement of a hotel. Among those who remember some of those early days: "Star Wars'" Mark Hamill (who grew up in San Diego) and former "Walking Dead" executive producer, Frank Darabont.

130,000: A conservative estimate of the number of people (including exhibitors, panelists and others) who attended the convention in 2011.

600: The hours of programming officially offered at Comic-Con (there is no way to see everything unless you've perfected cloning, so don't try). That's not counting events near the convention center like Nerd HQ, w00tstock, the Nerdist podcast and more.

460,000: Square feet used by exhibitors in the San Diego Convention Center during the Con.

6,500: Number of seats in the hallowed Hall H, where many of the highest profile panels take place.

2008: The year that Comic-Con was first invaded by Twi-hards. That particular panel in Hall H was the first clue that this movie franchise was going to be huge. Also screened in Hall H: test footage of a sequel to "Tron," which built buzz around that movie over two years before release and "Iron Man" made its wowed the crowd in 2007.

180,000,000: The estimated economic impact, in dollars, of Comic-Con on the city of San Diego each year.

75,000,000: Direct spending, in dollars, by Comic-Con attendees within the convention center in 2011.

14,663; 10,311; 8,160: Hot dogs, bottled water and sandwiches or salads purchased at Comic-Con from food vendors within the convention center alone.

One: Number of eyes in the official Comic-Con logo.

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  1. aughra

    Daywalker: You don't have to buy line tickets to get into panels. One ticket to rule them all, by the day or for the weekend...but if you want to get in Hall H or Ballroom 20, you get in line at 6am.
    CJ: Most of my friends who do not live in San Diego aren't going anymore; this year was their last year. My last year too. Hope you and your Mom get tickets. That's the easy part. A hotel? That's harder.

    July 18, 2012 at 10:01 pm |
    • Daywalker

      Aughra: the good news about Dragon*Con is that 6am you can still be asleep or having a wonderful breakfast or still be sitting in an anime room from the night before...and NOTHING costs extra (except your food, of course). Five host hotels, something going on in every conference room, every ballroom, every lobby and awesome bands that START at midnight and go till 3 or 4 AM....There's NOTHING like Dragon*Con for the true geek!

      July 24, 2012 at 8:24 am |
  2. pr0cess

    Industry con is what should be called, this Con is not what is used to be, Cause Twilight is a comic right??

    July 13, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
    • Jane

      Agreed! GLEE and all of those TV shows and movies defeat the purpose of Comic-Con. Sure it gets people in the doors, but who cares? The teeny-bopper throngs that follow those particular shows/movies take away from the comics and the artists. What a sham! Too crowded, and too pop.

      July 14, 2012 at 11:35 pm |
  3. Daywalker

    P.S. For those that "just don't get it", just pass on the article. Most geeks don't understand YOUR love of sports but we don't comment on sports stories. To each his own...go play somewhere.

    July 13, 2012 at 12:56 pm |
  4. Daywalker

    Comic Con...blah blah blah blah blah...Dragon*Con in Atlanta over Labor Day weekend is a MUCH better convention for people who are REALLY into sci-fi/fantasy/comic books. Comic Con is WAYtoo crowded and too limited re space/time. At DC there's something going on 24 hrs/day and they never stop selling passes!! At SDCC you have to BUY line tickets to freakin' see a panel!! At DC, you stand in line, you get in.

    July 13, 2012 at 12:51 pm |
    • Dragon64

      I agree. I enjoyed Dragoncon much, much more. As you said there is something going on 24/7. 2 HUGE, beautiful hotels and I never had to wait in line for anything I was interested in seeing. The celebrities were in a atmosphere that allowed them to be alot more personable. Hell one of the stars of Xena(I don't feel comfortable naming names) came out into the bar, sat down and had a few beers with us. I just had alot better time at DC and wasn't made to feel like I was only there to hand over every dime I had.

      July 23, 2012 at 5:54 pm |
      • Daywalker

        Dragon64: I'm thinking you haven't been to DC in awhile. It hasn't been in just 2 hotels for quite some time now. It now encompasses FIVE host hotels and it is crazy awesome! Hyatt/Marriott/Hilton/Weston/Sheraton. Come on back, it just gets better every year! And I'm in complete agreement re the Walk of Fame where the 'stars" sit for photo ops and autographs....MUCH more personable. We too have chatted over coffee at Starbucks or a beer at one of the hotel bars with many MANY stars. I think they know they won't be mobbed at Dragon*Con. 37 more days to go!! And it starts on my birthday this year!! Woo HOOOOOO!

        July 24, 2012 at 8:20 am |
  5. CJ

    600,000 – the likely number of people who want to go to Comic-Con but gave up trying to get tickets because the oline registration kept crashing. (I've tried, and my mom has tried, repeatedly over the last three years.)

    July 13, 2012 at 12:28 pm |