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Conan O’Brien Announces San Diego Comic-Con Residency In 2015 As Hotel Requests Begin For 2014

Oh Hollywood

If you’re one of those fans who thinks Comic-Con International: San Diego has gotten “too Hollywood,” brace yourselves – Conan O’Brien is coming, and not just for a panel appearance. The host has secured a theater venue for next year’s SDCC, giving many a first glimpse at the official convention dates for 2015 and also a huge frakking headache. Speaking of headaches, SDCC hotels go on sale today, are you ready?

Wow. Just…wow. That was my reaction when I heard the news.

“TBS’ Conan has booked a residency at the Spreckels Theater in downtown San Diego from July 8 to 12, 2015, tied to next year’s annual geek convention,” writes The Hollywood Reporter. “This marks the first time a late-night talk show has been broadcast from the hugely popular Comic-Con event.”

Again, I say wow. This is a huge win for the nonprofit SDCC (even if the two won’t be officially associated) but the same probably won’t be said for fans. The ever-growing convention long ago outgrew its San Diego Convention Center britches, something which was the impetus to expansion planning (moving at a snail’s pace). It’s since spread far into the surrounding area streets and spawned smaller fan events like Trickster and Zachary Levi’s Nerd HQ nearby as well.

The good news about this announcement? It seems we know the SDCC dates for 2015. Perhaps that will help ease your hotel frustrations next time around? As for this year, the nerve-racking lottery process starts this morning. Here’s the details:

Please find below the link to access the Travel Planners Housing landing page for Comic-Con 2014 hotel room requests. Travel Planners is the official housing provider for Comic-Con.

At 9:00am Pacific Time on April 8, 2014, you may click this link or copy and paste it into your browser:

OR you may call Travel Planners starting on April 8th, at 9:00am Pacific Time:

1-877-55-COMIC (1-877-552-6642) or 212-532-1660.

To avoid delays during the request process please look at our hotel page in advance at  Be sure to look at the hotel PDF and choose your top 6 hotels before housing opens as you will be required to select exactly 6 hotel choices.

There will be no direct link to the housing request form from the Comic-Con web site.


So what do you make of the news? Great, terrible, indifferent? Are you trying for a hotel today? May the Force be with you.

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Jill Pantozzi is a pop-culture journalist and host who writes about all things nerdy and beyond! She’s Editor in Chief of the geek girl culture site The Mary Sue (Abrams Media Network), and hosts her own blog “Has Boobs, Reads Comics” ( She co-hosts the Crazy Sexy Geeks podcast along with superhero historian Alan Kistler, contributed to a book of essays titled “Chicks Read Comics,” (Mad Norwegian Press) and had her first comic book story in the IDW anthology, “Womanthology.” In 2012, she was featured on National Geographic’s "Comic Store Heroes," a documentary on the lives of comic book fans and the following year she was one of many Batman fans profiled in the documentary, "Legends of the Knight."