Monday, July 11, 2016
Is the San Diego Comic-Con really only a week away?
Comic-Con is so huge now that major stars show up promoting their latest projects. Companies vie for space on the convention hall floor, taking up hundreds of square feet to push and sell their products to over a 150,000+ folks. Media reporters from around the world cover the event like it was the Super Bowl. The fans snickered at four decades ago are now shaping the culture of the entertainment industry. Yeah, there are still those who laugh at the folks dressed up in costumes, but many of them are shelling out hundreds of dollars a year to see the films and play the video games based on those same characters.
I never know what to expect when I go to the Con every year, despite that list of 'must attend' panels and comic book creators I want to meet. There are always surprises, from running into a celebrity at a restaurant or hotel lobby to ducking into a panel room, just to rest, and discover some new film, TV show or comic I'd never heard of before. Heck, I've even come to know some of my favorite creators by their first names and to have shared a lunch or beer with a few. The coolest part is when one of them unexpectedly remembers me and says hello on a crowded convention floor or walking into a room for a presentation.
Like every year I'll try to post some of my daily adventures when I get back. I will also be posting some photos on Facebook and Twitter when something cool catches my eye. Hope I can share a little of what goes on.