50% Off SANDIEGO Codeword Sale Begins
For the past 43 years, the first day of the each San Diego Comic-Con was filled with hope
and excitement for me. For decades, I could not wait for this wonderful gathering of all my
friends from the comics world to begin. Beginning about ten years ago, however, the convention
underwent a major change. Long-time SDCC supporters were told at the end of that year's convention
that they were no longer going to be given the opportunity to purchase passes on Sunday evening for
the following year. Instead, San Diego's most loyal supporters were told that they were going to be
forced to enter an online lottery system dominated by hundreds of thousands of media and pop culture
fans. Most comics fans were then shut out. In my opinion, it was that one callous decision that doomed
the Comic-Con that we all once loved.
Last Year's Con Booth
I could wax poetic about many other aspects of the convention that also influenced my decision to not
return this year, but I will tell you in all honesty that I do not miss the stress of dealing with the
freight handlers and trying to build our exhibit in the slightest. I broke a crown the other day and had
to have some rather invasive dental work done this morning. Sadly, I realized while laying in the dentist's
chair and listening to the whine of her drill that I was far more relaxed today than I have been on the
Wednesday of San Diego in many, many years. It had become so bad for me that I was already dreading the
Sunday night load-out hassles before the convention even began on Wednesday evening. Clearly, it was long
past time for me to quit forcing myself to accept this dreadful stress, and to instead move on.
Last Year's Booth on Saturday
All of the above having been said, San Diego is still a major part of the pop culture world, and some news
still emanates from the panels. I will try to keep you apprised of what I hear. Also, those of you who have
been asking, our annual 50% off SANDIEGO codeword sale is going into effect today on all ten million of our
back issue comics and magazines.
Only new issues, a few variants, and our slabbed comics are excluded from this annual sale.
Ocean of comics in Jason Street Mega Store
I will close today's newsletter with an interesting observation about our
Jason St. Mega-Store.
Almost everyone realizes by now that
is the largest comic book store in the world, and that the diversity of
that we offer in that one building supersedes any other spot on earth. But, did you know that
also buys more comics each day than it sells? Seriously, We buy so many collections at
( sometimes a dozen collections in a day!) that we always have more comics in stock at closing than what we
had when we unlocked our door that morning. In effect, I have built a perpetual comic book machine! Just
some fun food for thought...
President - Mile High Comics, Inc.
July 19, 2017