If you’re a fan of anything in entertainment, you probably heard about Comic Con International, which took place in San Diego this past week. Comic Con is filled with great panels with the actors, exclusive screenings and previews, parties and cosplay. While it is a fantastic assembly of fans, companies, cultures, and geek merchandise, there are some awful things about Comic Con that took away the fun and joy this year. However, if you’re lucky enough to get in, here’s a few things to look forward to!
SAN DIEGO IS BEAUTIFUL AND NERDSWOLE DURING COMIC-CON
As fandoms grow, so do comic conventions and it seems that most major cities are beginning to have a con in some form or another. However, San Diego goes all out. Every area of the downtown area is either taken over by an entertainment company or franchise, or is featuring fictional heroes in every way possible. Heck, even the hotel keys are nerdy.
CAN YOU SAY “STAR-STRUCK?”
If you’re willing to endure the lines, the rewards can be great. There are tons of panels featuring both famous and unknown comic book creators, game designers, actors, artists, writers, and people in just about every medium. The infamous Hall H is host to the biggest stars, but there are also smaller panels that have successful creators helping the inexperienced break into their respective fields. We were fortunate to attend Chip Zdarsky’s hilarious panel and were surprised when Mark Waid crashed the panel to ask who Chip’s favorite Justice Society character is. The results were hilarious.
PREVIEWS AND EXCLUSIVE CONTENT GALORE
Nothing seems sacred when you’re exposed to so much news and previews on the internet. Fortunately, SDCC seems to be a place where you get to experience something before anyone else. Some shows premiere early, some pilots premiere for the fans to enjoy, and occasionally full movies screen with the cast. The long waits are usually worth it when you’re in company of famed directors and stars.
IF YOU’RE A FAN OF SOMETHING, YOU’LL MEET YOUR POSSE HERE
It’s hard not to be a fan of some sort of entertainment these days. In an age of unlimited access to information and a plethora of entertainment options, there’s a show, book, activity, genre for everyone. I’ve never seen so many StreetPasses for Nintendo 3DS, so many card gamers simply gaming while a con is going on, and so many people just talking with people at booths. Comic-Con can be a tradition where people go annually to meet up with people and have a great time. There’s gaming venues, anime and movie screenings, non-convention parties, outdoor activities, and plenty of new things to discover.
THE EXPERIENCE CAN BE ANYTHING YOU WANT IT TO BE
This year was a let-down personally, as the lines and amount of people seemed to hamper enjoying Comic-Con as I have in years past. However, I did thoroughly enjoy the panels I attended, I was floored by JJ Abrams’ surprise Star Wars party, and seeing nerdswole come to life in every attendee is always a treat. Getting to know people in lines, meeting up with familiar faces was great, and just being in awe at the power of fandom, Comic Con is an unforgettable experience. If you’re on this site, you probably have an ounce of nerd in you and it should be a goal to at least visit nerd heaven once in your life. You won’t regret it.