Topic: Comic Cons
TODAY'S FEATURE IS BLOG #4005 - It has been an hour since the 2014 Comic-Con International officially closed...
For a change I actually left the San Diego Convention early, yes early. I walked out with purchases made and that I couldn't see carrying further with only 40 minutes left till the Con closed.
So I hoofed it over to the garage, sat down and turned on the ignition. Then I proceeded to drive home, only stopping at red lights and at a local fast food drive through.
So how did I like / dislike this year's Comic-Con?
Well... I was actually glad I left early, seriously. There were so many ups and downs this year for me.
If you have been this Blog the past few days, you'll know that for the first time since 1991... That I did not have a four day membership nor Preview Night privileges. Yeah, that bothered me. Actually it affected my thinking of this year's con each day of this past week.
If I hadn't been going for the past 23 years I probably would have said skip it when Thursday and Sunday were the only options left for me to buy.
But I did buy, and tried to make the most of this year's con.
Starting with going to an Advance Comic Con Party on Tuesday evening, (see blog #4001), followed up by going to the Con early on Preview Day (Not Preview Night as I did not have a ticket to get in), see Blog #4002, and then spending my Birthday on the first day of the con, (see blog #4003).
Heck, I even tried to make the best of it by going to the Off-Site Activities outside of the Convention Center that did not require a con badge. (See blog #4004).
Well, as stated above, the Comic-Con is now finished for 2014. I'll post the photos I took today on my Facebook Fan Page, (as seen at this link).
The highlights for me today were the two panels that I attended. First was the Annual Jack Kirby Tribute panel, which has now been held 20 years, (of which I have attended all 20 of them), and a Spotlight on Michelle Nolan, which I also enjoyed hearing Michelle, Maggie Thompson, and Bud Plant talk about the old days. But that was it, just two panels today.
The rest of the day was spent checking the exhibit floor, and running out to the car to drop off stuff I bought. Yes, bought. There were next to nothing that was free swag this year. Even the freebie tables had nothing of any interest to me. Just advertisements for things to buy or other conventions to attend nationwide.
I did do my annual purchasing at the TwoMorrows booth. Picking up the latest Jack Kirby Collector, and other miscellaneous items that John's company has published since last seeing the company booth. More on that later after I've read the latest issue(s).
I also bought some comics for resale purposes at one booth, as the prices were too good to pass up, (after all it was the last hours of the con!). But because my car was so far away, I held back on purchases this year also.
As stated in this week's blog posts I did have some fun at this con. You can't help but do so, with so much variety of programs / panels to attend.
But the long lines to get in the convention center, and long lines outside at the Off Site Activities just got me down this year. First time I believe this has happened to me, and I haven't missed a day since 1991 when the con first moved to the San Diego Convention Center.
The crowds were in force both Thursday and Sunday as far as I could tell. Not pleasant to navigate through. I had to navigate them because Artists Alley is at one end of the center, and the Small Press almost at the end of the other side.
I mentioned my problem of not being able to attend all four days to a couple of the con's senior staff. Time will tell if anything can be done to alleviate this problem for next year.
All in all, the Comic-Con International is something YOU have to see at least once in your lifetime. Seriously, even with all the problems with crowds, lines, etc., etc. I realize it is getting harder to obtain admission but you have to do it at least once in your lifetime.
Again, don't forget to check out the pics I'm uploading at this link.
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