There's a joyful nostalgia in looking back at photos from previous comic cons, recalling the clever cosplay, the rousing panel sessions and celebrity appearances, and the encounters with friends old and new. I'm also struck by how often the creators of hugely popular movies, TV shows, and comic books -- people who now fill the … Continue reading Comic-Con: Glimpse the Future in the Smaller Rooms
Due to the enormous popularity of San Diego Comic-Con, acquiring a ticket to the annual pop culture event is difficult. If you are lucky enough to snag a ticket, however, getting a hotel room may be even more challenging. In both cases, the demand far outstrips the supply. In the case of hotel rooms, confusion … Continue reading Mysteries of the Comic-Con ‘Hotelpocalypse’
This year's Comic-Con International: San Diego was a mix of the new and the familiar, the wonderful and the weird, the carefully planned and the unexpectedly serendipitous. Here are highlights of Comic-Con 2015 from my perspective. The Calm before the Con The hours before badge pick-up on Wednesday afternoon provided the opportunity to stroll around … Continue reading San Diego Comic-Con 2015: Recap and Photo Highlights
San Diego Comic-Con, the largest popular culture festival in the U.S., is exciting, illuminating, and crowded. Very crowded. And it's confusing. With so many overlapping events competing for an attendee's time, planning your schedule and determining the optimal time to queue up for specific events requires the logic of a chess master. [See Knowledge@Wharton, San … Continue reading Be a Con-trarian: Go Against the Flow at Comic-Con
Despite the explosive growth of pop culture conventions around the U.S., Comic-Con International's San Diego Comic-Con remains the nation's preeminent event for fans of comic books, sci-fi and fantasy movies and television shows, and video games. Although ReedPOP's New York Comic Con last year reported attendance numbers approaching those of the San Diego event, San … Continue reading San Diego Comic-Con 2014: Recap and Photo Highlights
San Diego Comic-Con Challenges Salt Lake Comic Con's Right to "Comic Con" It's a common occurrence: I tell a friend I'm going to San Diego Comic-Con and receive the reply, "Oh, yeah. I went to the one in Philly." Or New York, or Chicago, or Cleveland or any of dozens of other cities. It's awkward … Continue reading Con-fusion: What’s in a Name — or a Hyphen?
That Costumed Character Next to You May Be Your Favorite Celebrity In addition to panel sessions, pop culture tchotchkes, and attendees parading around in costumes, Comic Cons also provide the opportunity to see celebrities. Movie and television studios bring major stars to events like Comic-Con International San Diego for appearances at stage presentations and panel … Continue reading Comic-Con Incognito