On Wednesday I entered the elite group of Comic-Con attendees. Having never attended an event like this, I didn’t know what to expect. When the shuttle bus pulled up to the San Diego Convention Center I was blown away by not only the amount of people crowding around the convention center, but also around the entire downtown area. Could that many people fit into the convention center? Upon entering the convention, I got my answer-yes, but not very comfortably.
The floor was so congested that it was next to impossible to walk around to the booths, or walk at all. With all the people trying to walk around, it was amazing that there were so many people in lines. If you wanted to buy exclusive Comic-Con merchandise you would probably wait in line for at least 1-2 hours, with the chance of not even getting the item you want. Needless to say, I left that first day disappointed and not very hopeful for the next few days to come.
Luckily, first impressions aren’t always right because the next few days were everything I had been looking forward to. Walking around I was able to enjoy the massive amount of talent and creativity of the participants and attendees. There were people in elaborate costumes and booths for everyone’s taste, from creative writing and drawings to beautifully crafted statues and figurines. The main focus was, of course, the comics, with vendor upon vendor sharing their collection and knowledge of the classic comic books, as well as ones new to the scene.
As an editor, I also appreciated the panels that were offered. There were panels discussing certain comic book characters, writing comic books, illustration and many more on a variety of topics. There was even a panel on editing comic books, which helped me to appreciate the process of editing a comic even more and made me very eager to edit one!
Comic-Con is a place for people to express themselves, whether it be in their artwork, their writing or their costume. If I have the chance, I would like to express myself next year at Comic-Con!