July 27 2017-
This year’s San Diego Comic Con came and went, with the usual hustle and bustle of fans, cosplayers, and exhibitors, but there were definitely a few highlights and memorable low lights to be shared. The event has completely earned its new snarky title of fan con among con goers. The show floor actually seemed busier than any year prior, including preview night. The show stretched from Wednesday July 19 until Sunday July 23.
Every day of the show was horrendously packed with FANS, leaving the cosplay scene much to be desired. Normally you see a fair amount of amazingly dress cosplayers donning their handmade outfits along with amazing weapons. Many expected to deal with weapons checks, or outright banning of weapons , so maybe this is the reason for the lack of cosplayers. Due to the recent averted crisis at Phoenix Comic-Con, many cosplayers decided to sit this show out.
The show of protection was definitely enforced, with a large number San Diego Police presence at the event. The front entrance of the convention center was lined with Police vehicles as armed officers, even some K9 officers, monitored the area and watched for potential threats.
Even though the crowds were massive, I still had a great time at the show! Some of my favorite booths were filled with toys! I wasn’t able to score the dVa funko pop from the Blizzard booth because each day, their limit sold out instantly. Thanks to my girl Penny Lane for arriving early one day, we were able to order them online! It’s already arrived! Around the show, there were some great horror toys from iconic films such as Nightmare on Elm Street and Friday the 13th.
Most of the major comic culture related TV shows were proudly represented. The Walking Dead had its awesome space complete with walkers to pose in front of as they attempted to grab you through a fence. Starz used it’s Fort to promote Outlander, while Nickelodeon took you to their pineapple under the sea with SpongeBob. One of my favorite booths was the Vikings booth, offering an awesome image of you holding your weapon of choice!
One thing I took from this show is my appreciation for smaller comic conventions. While I think everyone should attend SDCC at least once, I truly thing it’s outgrown it’s awesomeness. At smaller shows, your access to the celebrities you want in your autograph book is much easier, and I think the exhibitor booths are far more unique. It can be next to impossible for some of the smaller vendors to afford the massive costs involved in holding up shop at SDCC, and as a consumer, we miss out on amazing trinkets.
It was a great time, with great friends, and I look forward to our next adventure. Here are some of our photos from the week!