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DVD sales are slumping and Hollywood execs know it. Still, that hasn’t stopped them from heading to Comic-Con in San Diego to push DVDs through promotional efforts to generate pre-release buzz and awareness around the movie titles through panel discussions, photo ops, autograph signings with celebs, sweepstakes, screenings and giveaways. For example, attendees had the chance take photos with Bob, the gelatinous hero from “Monsters vs. Aliens,” and Trekkies were able to stand at the helm of the U.S.S. Enterprise.
According to an article from Variety.com, the increased presence by studio homevid arms at Comic-Con is an effort to slow down a 13.5% slump in DVD sales during the first six months of the year, and a 9% overall drop last year.
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Comic-Con 2009, the annual fan convention that attracts 150,000 attendees, 20,000 industry professionals, directors and designers, Hollywood stars, TV moguls and video game publishers, is expected to be better than last year in terms of revenue for the city of San Diego. What seems to be one of the most entertaining international conferences is actually proving to be an economic superhero for the city. Comic-Con generated $7.25 million in revenue in 2008 from the San Diego convention and a pair of much smaller events in San Francisco, WonderCon and Alternative Press Expo, according to its financial records.
With more than 160,000 attendees and industry professionals, Comic-Con is expected to generate $42 million in spending with 92 percent to 98 percent of the county’s 54,000 hotel rooms booked according to the San Diego Business Journal. While the expected revenue is conservative, it is based on the spending on the attendees. The actual impact is likely much higher as vendors and spectators flock downtown with side shows and promotions at clubs without even going to the conference.
By Nicole Lyn Pesce, New York Daily News
Geeks are gonna freak. More than 150,000 people are expected to attend Comic Con 2009 in San Diego, California which starts today. I will keep you updated as the convention goes along.
Whether it’s a fetish for vampire romance or the need for live-action 3D, this weekend’s Comic Con lineup packs a punch sure to please every member of the nerd herd.
The “Twilight” series, with its sequel “New Moon” based on Stephenie Meyer’s vampire series looming on the horizon, is just one of the main draws at the San Diego Convention Center.
Other highlights include Tim Burton’s delightfully twisted take on “Alice in Wonderland” and an early look at “Iron Man 2.”
Prepare for a blast from the past with the remake of the ’80s sci-fi classic “Tron,” about computer programmers trapped in the digital realm, or fast-forward with “Titanic” director James Cameron’s futuristic adventure “Avatar.”
The annual fan fest is like “the geek’s Sundance or the pop-culture Sundance,” Gregory Ellwood, editor-in-chief of entertainment site Hitfix.com, tells the Associated Press.
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