Bank of America promotes a personal credit card with Star Wars characters at Comic-Con.
Here's a quick financial profile, based on Comic-con's most recent publicly-available financial statement, for the fiscal year ended August 2006: The company earned roughly $1 million on revenues of nearly $6 million, and had some $5 million in retained earnings. Only four full-time employees make more than $50,000, and the highest paid made $76,000 that year. One of the four, marketing chief David Glanzer, told me eagerly that the convention "isn't about the money, it's about the content. We're a group of fans trying to put on a show."
Indeed, one thing that troubled Glanzer about the scrutiny the event's charitable status received when the local San Diego newspaper wrote about it last year, is that it might leave the impression that the group solicits donations or grants either from individuals or the government (according to its financial statements going back to 2001, it has not).