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It’s a Wrap! Comic-Con in San Diego 2010

July 26, 2010

Comic-Con 2010 San DiegoHoly smokes Batman, what a spectacle! From monocles to Francophiles to exhibitionists to pen stabbers, this annual confab in San Diego made its mark like no other year.  Even the people at Guinness (the World Record kind) raised a pint to cheer the fact that Comic-Con was designated as the largest comic book convention in the world.

We attended five days of Comic-Con and each visit was varied in theme, feel, and attendance. We aren’t going to go through a blow-by-blow account of each day, but we are going to make a note of what knocked our socks off and what didn’t.

The big elephant in the room throughout the convention was the topic of Comic-Con’s pending decision to keep The Con (as it affectionately known by the attendees) in San Diego or not. With all the lines snaking around the buildings, we heard people complaining about being herded like cattle. That sentiment is not good for any convention.

Socks Off

The Wraps – We loved seeing the Omni, the Hilton Bayfront, and the San Diego Marriott getting wrapped with Hollywood-sized posters advertising upcoming movies. The way each building faced the Convention Center gave the feeling that the Comic-Con space was larger than it seemed.

The SDPD – The San Diego Police Department outdid themselves with their continual traffic safety support on major pedestrian crossings and shuttle routes.

The San Diego Trolley – The Metropolitan Transit Service kept the trolleys running on time all while keeping the price for a day pass locked at $5, the same price as last year. We also appreciated their good-natured humor in translating the Convention Center’s transit signs into Klingon.

The Diversity of the Attendees – We are always reminded just how diverse geekdom can be whenever we come to Comic-Con. It is an international festival and that variety of flavors proves just how popular science fiction, graphic art, and digital entertainment are to people from all walks and strolls of life.

Social Media – Twitter got into the act this year in a big way and we were part of that as much as possible. It was because of Twitter that we heard about how long the lines were for some of the largest panels (i.e. Bruce Willis, Angelina Jolie, and Will Farrell). It was also through Twitter that the first pictures from The Con were distributed to the media and the public.

Little Foam Men – We loved looking up in the San Diego sky and seeing white human forms floating up and beyond the heights of downtown’s tall buildings. We found the source in a loading dock of the San Diego Marriott. A man was dipping a wand of sorts into a solution that then blew the human foam forms into the air. Very cool and very Comic-Con.

Socks On

The Long Lines – This is one of those perennial complaints that most attendees discuss every year.  The lines that have to form outside of the convention center and then inside the hallways are wastes of time. It would be easier to have tickets issued online. If Disneyland can manage lines better, Comic-Con should consult with them.

Freebies That Were Not Fulfilling – We were not alone in our displeasure with being given just a poster as our freebie from the RED (Retired Extremely Dangerous) panel. We were given a ticket to claim our freebie (we did not know what it was) and were told to pick it up in The Fulfillment Room, which was outside of the Convention Center and deep within the San Diego Marriott. That was a long way to walk for a poster. No thanks!

Paper Propaganda – So many postcards were strewn around the main pedestrian chokepoint of Fifth and Harbor Drive that they were slippery when we walked on them. The area was littered with all the flyers and postcards that no one really wanted. This was not a good way to demonstrate that Comic-Con was with the sustainable times or “green-friendly.”

A Stabbing That Wasn’t – The media over blew the sensation regarding the stabbing on Saturday, July 24, 210. Comic-Con is not a violent event despite the prevalence of fake weaponry. The offending weapon during the scuffle at Hall H (one of the big halls with the longest waits on the busiest day) was a pen of the ballpoint variety.

Sci-Fi With No Wi-Fi – Okay, we admit it, we did not want to drag along our own personal hotspot contraption with us to Comic-Con this year so we decided to surf on Comic-Con’s free Wi-Fi. But, t was not a good signal despite the fact that numerous satellite wireless routers were stationed throughout the galaxy.

Tardy Cards – Demerits should have been handed out to panels that did not start on time especially given the long lines of people waiting to get in. People waited for hours to see their favorite celebrities and shows and the delays in one panel spilled out onto the next ones. We understand that Comic-Con is a logistics nightmare but in show business, timing is everything. The show must go on, and on time!

Final Thoughts

In conclusion, despite the cons of The Con, we loved every Vulcan moment of it. We loved sharing the experience with people that we knew and introducing newbies to the magic and the fantasy.

We also appreciated being guests of Comic-Con as members of the press. We made full use of our Comic-Con badges and never failed to talk about it with great enthusiasm and helped share the love through our real and virtual networks.  We join the San Diego Convention Center in keeping our digits crossed that Comic-Con does not leave us for that Fantasy Land up north, Anaheim.

If you want to find out about things to do in San Diego, go to San Diego Travel Tips.com or keep checking back here on our new blog.  We can be reached at: sdtips @ sandiegotraveltips.com  For even more information,  follow us on Twitter!
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  1. Tessie Theodorelos permalink
    July 26, 2010 5:55 pm

    Thank you for the entertaining run down on the EVENT! And most especially thank you for your consideration of the possibility of the “Con” leaving our fair City. While there are things that need to be worked on (long lines), the City shines during these things and it is a lovely venue. And I think that some of the celebs that attend would prefer our waterront to what they would encounter in Anaheim.

    Thanks!

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