The San Diego city council has approved the most recent expansion of San Diego Comic Con International by a 7 to 1 vote.
Comic Con International, the biggest event in comics, drew over 125,000 people last year to the city of San Diego, so it is not surprising that the city would view the convention as a valuable asset and be willing to cede to demands for the expansion of the convention center. The question being asked by many political analysts, however, is also natural: where will San Diego Comic Con's aggression end?
The convention center expansion has a price tag of $520 million, and is the second since it was built in 1989, with no end in site. The expansion will supposedly be paid for by increased convention attendance, as well as the financial benefits the city and local businesses will reap from the convention. However, the area occupied by the convention center is already pushed to its maximum limit, and it is feared that further expansion will require the annexation of neighboring towns.
These worries may be valid. News agencies have reported that Comic Con International has fortified its military presence in the Sudetenland border region between San Diego and neighboring city Encinitas, and the convention's 4th Panzer Division has been spotted near Tijuana. Despite these clear acts of aggression, the United Nations has refused requests to sanction the convention, though France has already sent delegates to San Diego to discuss the possibility of surrender.
Despite the blind eye being turned on these events by the international community, the expansion could easily have worldwide ramifications, escalating into a worldwide conflict with lightning quickness. Though many countries in Europe would like to believe that the problem will stay isolated to Southern California, there is talk that CCI's allies in Japan, such as the Kyoto Schoolgirl Anime and Sexual Deviancy Convention, will join with Comic Con on its quest for world domination.
"Ze convention center was always meant to expand," said San Diego Convention Center Expansion Director Hans Himmelsmirsch. "In our eyes, ve are only occupying ze space ve have always had."
San Diego Comic Con International 2013 will take place in July.