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Is Comic-Con really worth the hype?

Mike Reicher, Orange County Local News Network.com

Thursday, May 6, 2010

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So who benefits from the influx of Wonder Women lookalikes? The proprietors of restaurants and hotels in the close vicinity of the convention, said Erik Bruvold, the president of the National University Systems Institute for Policy Research, a La Jolla-based think tank. “Clearly, an event that brings 100,000 attendees into the immediate area is great for a downtown,” he said, “but for the larger region, like Orange County, it’s a wash.