This past week was San Diego Comic Con. We were able to get down for two days. And although we aren't going to bring you any major breaking news (let's be honest, you already saw that stuff within an hour of it happening), we'll bring you our little corner of the world.
Technically this was my second time at Comic Con, but let's treat it like my first. The last time I went we just walked up the day of the convention, bought our pass and went in. Not quite the same convention that it is today!
Before the convention, I was amazed at the wealth of knowledge out there. I spent a lot of time scouring through the Unofficial Comic Con Blog and their Facebook group getting pointers and tips. It was great to have a central place to help plan out what I wanted to do.
While I was reading that there was lots of disorganization this year, I'll say that I did not experience any of that. Most of what I was reading about were folks lining up for tickets to exclusive collectibles, autographs and the coveted Hall H. Knowing that we had limited time (only 2 days at the Con), we bypassed all of this. Picking up our bags and lanyards was a breeze, folks at the convention center were super nice. Volunteers and staff on site were super helpful with getting us around.
Once we were on the exhibition floor, things were a bit chaotic, but that's to be expected. Obviously there were huge crowds, especially around the big draws like Marvel. The crowds were probably a little bigger than I anticipated, but I also wasn't surprised.
For me, one of my main goals was to get some autographs. Several of my favorite writers and creators were there. I got a few comics signed by Cullen Bunn, Eric Heisserer and Jhonen Vasquez. Fortunately the wait was relatively short for all of these (Jhonen Vasquez and the rest of the Invader Zim team was the longest wait at just over an hour, the rest were maybe 15 minutes at the most). Unfortunately I missed the Marguerite Bennett / James Tynion IV signing.
I was able to sit through several panels. I'm hoping to have details on those posted soon. The panels included Syfy's upcoming "Krypton," Fox's "Lucifer" and a panel on the changing world of online journalism.
We did our offsites on Sunday. We waited a few hours to check out the Netflix experience which included The Defenders, Bright and Stranger Things. Unfortunately we had to get on the road so we were not able to check out the Sentinel Services X-Gene testing or the FX area.
Going back to the convention floor, the entertainment displays were amazing. Marvel was insanely crowded but we could see some of the costumes from Thor: Ragnarok from a distance. DC has the Justice League costumes out on display which was pretty awesome. Lego of course has some pretty brilliant designs.
It was great to see lots of comic shops at the convention. Although there was a big story about Mile High Comics not being at the convention, I was happy that a lot of vendors were still able to be there, keeping it a true "comic" convention.
As a whole, the experience was a lot of fun. I'm looking forward to coming back (if my growing family will allow for the time!).
Check back here for updates on individual panels and events from San Diego Comic Con!