"Of course there are some people who want to market on the backs of that, which is fine. You bring in money to the geek community. I got no fucking complaints -- I don't have the garage-band fan mentality where it's like oh, this shit is less cool because more people like it, bullshit. I'm one of those cats like, ‘the more the merrier’.”
“It's no longer a simple Comic Con,” he observed. “It's no longer about, ‘I'm going to find back issues that I don't have.’ It's celebrating the popular arts. It's a massive umbrella that covers a lot of territory -- and that's why the chick that wrote ‘50 Shades of Grey’ is fucking here.”
Although the pervy pop culture phenomenon has now joined the ranks of superheroes and other sorts of wish-fulfillment properties at Comic-Con, Smith said he’s not ready to see the convention move to a place perhaps more conducive to escapist fantasies: Las Vegas. "The big question is how much longer can San Diego sustain it? Every year you hear whispers of people going take it to Vegas. [But] this is its home and as far as I hear the residents still haven't thrown us out or come at us with pitchforks and torches. Why bring it to Vegas? It diminishes it to some level to like a porn convention.
In fact, Smith said he reassured his wife about their daughter’s safety using the same argument. “With the exception of the poor woman that got hit by a car the other day, which is unfortunate and tragic, you never hear of anything bad happening at Comic-Con. I told my wife that the other day; she was like, ‘is our kid going to be safe there because she's 13 now -- will she be safe with all those guys’."
"I'm like, those guys?” he retorted. “Yes. We're terrified of women, don't worry. She'll be fine.”