This last weekend I finally made my way to San Diego for this year's Comic Con. I had been wanting to go for years and was planning to go last year but could not make the trip. I wrote about my Comic-Con Pilgrimage On Hold last year. I was determined this year and nothing could stop me from experiencing this massive event. And I do mean massive! The scale and fervor of the show was bigger than I had ever imagined. It really was a spectacle to behold!
Again (like last year) I woke up early on a February (I think) morning to buy my ticket. Again I was very far back in line, but thankfully a friend of mine was able to log-in a buy a weekend pass for me. Fast forward to last Saturday morning and I hit the road early to hopefully miss all traffic into San Diego. I had though about getting a room in the area for the weekend but I waited to long and either all the rooms were booked or the prices were absurdly high - from Oceanside to San Diego out East to Escondido!
Found parking fairly close to my surprise but it wasn't long until we hit the throngs of people making their way to the convention center. There looked to be hundreds to thousands of people already lined up to get inside Hall H. I would love to attend a Hall H panel, but nothing is that exciting or interesting for me to have to wait on line for hours. As we left the hall later that day, there were people already getting in line to experience Hall H on Sunday. That's over a 12 hour wait!! I expected the crowds though. At times inside the exhibit hall it was shoulder to shoulder and I experienced some of the worst human traffic jams ever. Despite all this I really enjoyed all the art and illustration, booths, exhibits and costumes. I realized that comic-con is not just about comics - but many other related genres like anime, sci-fi, fantasy, horror and cartoons and industries like film and TV production, gaming, toys, apparel, publishing, etc... that help sustain and promote jobs and creativity. Looking forward to going again next year!
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