This past weekend, I went to Comic-con in San Diego for the second straight year. Don’t call me an uber-geek yet, because Comic-con is not just another geek-pilgrimage (although I’m a geek light weight, I would have gone anyways.) It was really crowded, but I had a great time! I actually attended three out of four days! Sadly, I don’t think that gives me enough dork-cred. The people that dress up in costume and line up at 6AM for panels are hard core! I was impressed with the passion shown by all the attendees. Comic-con is a very unique event where celebrities can directly interact with fans. Pretty cool. There aren’t a lot of events where this interaction occurs. I don’t watch a lot of TV, but anything movie-related holds my interest. I know there were many die-hard comic book fans that scoffed at the presence of many non-comic related panels present there this year. Comic-con has been becoming more of a pop-culture convention than a strictly comic convention. The increase in popularity of comic book movies has helped to put this annual pilgrimage or “geek-rimage” to San Diego a holy crusade for geeks around the world! I will admit I just wanted to go at first to geek-watch, but then I thought, “This is actually kinda cool!” I really enjoyed the movie and TV panels. But don’t get me wrong I did pick up some comics and graphic novels, but I still don’t have my “dork-cred” yet. My top 5 panels in order were:
- the Avengers Cameo with Samuel Jackson, Scarlet Johansson, Robert Downy Jr, etc (this will be an awesome movie!)
- The Other Guys with Will Ferrell, Mark Walberg, Eva Mendez
- Family Guy with Seth McFarland, Seth Green
- The Cleveland Show with a cast reading
- The movie Super panel with the cast: Rainn Wilson, Ellen Paige, Nathan Filion, and Liv Tyler
Comic-con is like 4 days of Halloween. People get dressed up in costumes, you carry a bag around picking up free stuff, and you feel like a little kid getting herded into panels like going to class. Some people really get into dressing up! The first day you are kinda in shock realizing these are grown-ups dressed up in costumes. But almost everyone is there to have good time! I did take my mobility scooter (AKA the mAss Kicker mobile) with me. It was great getting around and I now possess the skills to maneuver in a large crowd. However, there was one thing I was not prepared for in the scooter. I didn’t realize that in a crowded area, my head sits at or below armpit level. Oh lord, the horror! I do have more freedom to go out on my own, but I was not prepared for the many smells to which I would be exposed in large crowds of people. While hygiene at comic-con is not the greatest, the guys bathroom floors are equally disgusting. (I’m sure this can be said about any major event.) There are always little puddles of urine on the floor. I never noticed how disgusting this is because for me it was always a quick pit stop. When your balance is fine, you don’t really have to worry where your feet are. When you have to constantly worry about foot placement, balance, and aim… a trip to a crowded public restroom becomes an adventure. It is a realization I’m willing to come to terms with, but I’m sure I will discover many other disgusting things.
I have always been a comic book fan. In elementary school, my parents used to reward me with a comic book for every “A” I brought home. They even let me subscribe by mail to MARVEL comics, The Amazing Spiderman and The Transformers. Well… they got me reading, getting good grades, and excited about getting the mail. When you are 9 years old, the only time you get mail is on your birthday or Christmas… I remember feeling so cool getting mail! The excitement and anticipation of getting the next issue was always something I felt after reading a great story. Anyways, I’ll definitely be going to comic-con next year. Gotta think of a cool costume… Maybe then, I can join the ranks of the uber-geeks.