Adventure! San Diego Comic-con (Part 1)
Back from a long hiatus I proudly present my experience at the most of prestigious conventions, the San Diego Comic-con ’09. I attended the convention from Thursday thru Saturday this year with my intention of seeing as many panels as possible and to walk the entire show floor, something I barely achieved last year. This entry is a brief overview of what makes the convention so attractive to the geek fan base that draws us in like flies to a bug zapper each year.
Before I dive right in on what I did at the Comic-con you must first understand a little history, which you quickly pick up your first time there. Although the convention is built primarily on Comics it also has the tendency to absorb pop culture that we geeks find entertaining. In essence it’s a place where seeing people in costumes walking by are greeted with smiles and compliments rather then the quick dismissal of disapproving eyes. Usually on Saturday evening the people who do dress up compete in a costume contest consisting of both individual and group entries, this contest is also followed by a Masquerade Ball where people can break out attempts at moon walking in a storm trooper costume. In essence it’s a geeks paradise in the lovely town of San Diego for 4 days a year.
Panels, Shwag and You!
One of the coolest parts of the convention is the panels. Panels are primary a group of directly connected individuals to a project such as actors and/or directors of a hit Scifi Tv series or a group of influential comic artists willing to lend a helping hand to future and upcoming comic book illustrators. With the convention picking gathering more and more population each year tv networks and game studio are attracted to the mass collective of geekdom which in turn provide attendees with Shwag or in simple terms free stuff!!! What does this mean for you? Companies trying to 1 up the next cause them to give out more and more desirable free stuff ranging from dvds to t-shirts and more.
With comics and superheroes come action figures and Comic-con offers attendee special Comic-con exclusive items! Weeks before the convention you can find an enormous list of exclusive items sorted by vendors. Some of the more popular ones such as Hasbro and Mattel offer the “chance” to pick up items only available at the show. For example this year I was able to acquire most of the exclusive items I wanted included an 18” Stay-Puff Marshmallow man “Angry Face Edition” bank and a “Retractable claw Special Edition Wolverine Might Mugg”. If you miss out on picking them up, fear not next year you can always check out the mass amount of vendors and for a price pick up what you missed the year before. To the action figure collectors out there, welcome to heaven.
Artists and Amateurs
Comic-con wouldn’t be anything without the artists that make our beloved comics and for fans of a specific artist you are almost guaranteed to meet up and strike up a conversation with them, please refrain from going fanboy it tends to freak some of them out. Some of the artists even accept commission work to be done during the days of the convention, which if you have some cash handy can get you some very cool personally made artwork.
Because of the vast audience independently made comics and projects attending the convention allow for great exposure to fans and talent scouts. Although the booth may cost a little, nothing compares to the influence, exposure and feedback from the people who enjoy and respect your work.
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