The Big One is happening this weekend and as usual it will be earth shattering. San Diego Comic Con is the convention that started it all 46 years ago. It began small and slowly grew. Then it suddenly exploded in the 21st Century and has continued to gain popularity among movie goers, comicbook collectors, videogame fanatics, actors, film studios, media outlets, and everyone in between.
Over the past few years, SDCC has reached a new level of importance in the entertainment industry. Tickets are sought after by fans for access to exclusive merchandise, film previews, actor panels, and seeing killer costumes. This weekend, most of my Twitter, Facebook and Instagram feed will be filled with all things COMIC CON. Saying that I’m jealous that we aren’t going to be there is an understatement. However, seeing it through the eyes of those who I follow on social media is probably better for getting an all around feel of the con. It saves me from waiting 4 hours to get into a panel at the fabled Hall H.
As much as we go to conventions to sell my wife’s hats (Check out Ningen Headwear), SDCC would have us lost in a sea of vendors that are far too big for us to compete with. For our little business, we make sure that we sell at Conventions that have an attendance of over 70k people. That’s a fairly big number. Our favorite Con: Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo. Calgary hit over 102,000 in 2015. Not a bad number at all. Except SDCC 2015 had 167,000 attendees. I’m not a fan of crowds of that magnitude. I am quite content to be able to view everything on my cellphone and still get excited over the news that will come from SDCC. Ok, I am still jealous of those enjoying the show.
I do love the convention circuit and get depressed if it’s been too long in between shows. This past spring we crammed in four conventions in just over a month. That was a tad bit overwhelming. We are lucky that our children have been attending cons with us for so long and started at such a young age. They are used to the crowds and what a Comic Con has to offer. The first convention I ever attended was when I was a teenager. I went to a Star Trek convention with a friend from school. It was a one day event and the crowd was probably about 6000 people.
The struggle is real.
I loved it. The costumes were classic Star Trek and Star Trek:TNG mostly. Same with the merchandise being sold. There was some other Sci-Fi memorabilia and trinkets for sale. At age 14 I only brought $20 with me. It was hard to decide what I needed to buy. I couldn’t afford a tricorder and forking over $4 for a Star Trek Federation lapel pin was really difficult. Most boys my age were hanging pictures & posters of girlsor cars on their walls. The other big purchase at my first convention was a $12 six foot tall door poster. It was sexy in all of its glory. It was of the Xenomorph Alien breaking through the door. I kept that poster for years as a fond memory of that introduction into a world that made me feel like I fit in.
Now it seems that the Geeks shall inherit the earth. It is prevalent when looking around and everything is nerd based & mainstream. SDCC is even hosting a Pokemon GO event in the coveted Hall H this weekend. Perhaps we shall see a sighting of a rare Pokemon! I’m also excited about the possibility of some teaser Star Wars and Marvel movie clips.
Expect me to be buzzing with joy all weekend, even if it’s just in spirit. Enjoy SDCC 2016!