Your first year at San Diego Comic Con is kind of like your first time at Times Square, your head is always looking up and around you. But thankfully for me, I can’t stand slow people, and my walk is more like a slow jog so I had absolutely no trouble navigating the crowd or the people standing around and doing nothing at San Diego Comic Con International.
Comic Con is said to be a hectic, crazy, sleep deprived madness, and I have to say it is beautiful madness, the kind of crazy that makes you happy after it all. If you cannot handle the madness, please exit to your left.
As much as I love standing in line at regular movie screenings, Comic Con goers must have a much higher threshold of line etiquette and patience, and that’s not even mentioning the fans who stand in line overnight. The all-nighters of Hall H, I tip my hat to you because I personally do not have the cojones to sleep on the cold hard ground (that and I kinda like my bed), so kudos to you, you, and you.
I think my favorite part of Comic Con would have to be—okay, my two favorite things about Comic Con are the clips, episodes, and movies you get to see in advance and for free. My other favorite thing was the artists, both well-known and not-so-well-known. I have this fascination with art, not just what’s in the image but the color scheme, angles of the subject, etc. Combine that with movies, and you have me handing over all my money. Some of said cool art comes from Nathan Gooden from Creative Mind Energy. Although they are a small company and family-owned, their art and comics are not your normal variety. They have a very unique perspective on story-telling, which is awesome because sometimes when I’m reading comics I end up skipping over the art and/or dialogue. (Does that ever happen to you?) Now, I won’t spoil it for readers but take a look at what they got, and please feel free to check out their website too.
Another awesomely twisted group of artists is Zerofriends. Their art is more on the morbid side but still awesome nonetheless. One look at their artwork and you know they have a morbid sense of humor and a weird look at film characters. Nevertheless, I am still itching to get more artwork and/or apparel, and maybe some other stuff from them too.
The last but not least is Mondo!!! Almost everyone knows Mondo, and they are on the bit expensive side, but hot damn is it awesome artwork and on good thick poster paper, not the thin crappy kind. Mondo is of course never without a huge ass line, both times I went the line was forming half way down the aisle, I just wish they had apparel and not just posters, but eh, what can you do? What I did not like was the fact that there were two different booths for Mondo, one to purchase posters and another where the artists were signing, and I’m fairly certain you had to pay to get it signed. This I can neither confirm nor deny seeing as I didn’t bother to get mine signed.
I think either way Comic Con people are right: “Pack half of what you think you’ll need and bring twice as much money.” P.S. Do NOT eat any food being served there. It is atrocious, just go to a local CVS and bring snacks and plenty of water; you’ll save money and you’ll actually be able to eat something good.
Check out some photos from Comic Con below: