This story first appeared in the July 26 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
SAN DIEGO, CA – The Hollywood Reporter breaks down the figures behind the annual convention, which has grown from 300 attendees in 1970 to more than 130,000 last year.
300 Attendees at the first Comic-Con, which featured guests Ray Bradbury and Jack Kirby, held Aug. 1-3, 1970, in downtown San Diego’s U.S. Grant Hotel
130K+ Attendees in 2012, including exhibitors and professionals, filling the San Diego Convention Center to capacity
$75 million Total direct spending by Comic-Con 2010 attendees, with a total economic impact of more than $180 million
$357 Comic-Con rate for a suite, per night, at the Hard Rock Hotel San Diego, across the street from the convention center
117 Current and upcoming TV shows and web series that will hold panels and/or screen episodes
39 Upcoming movies that will tease footage or other content, from Summit’s Divergent to Troma’sReturn to Nuke ‘Em High Volume 1
90 Minutes before all badges, including single-day, junior, U.S. military and senior citizen passes, sold out after going on sale in February
$3.50 Price of a preregistered ticket to the first Comic-Con
341 Panels dedicated to the craft and business of comic books
1,413 Pints of blood donated during last year’s Comic-Con blood drive
$175 Price of an adult badge for all four days of Comic-Con 2013, plus Wednesday’s preview night
6,500 Seating capacity for Hall H, which will host marquee events such as the Marvel Studios presentation and a Game of Thrones Q&A