Comic-Con 2009 – Cosplay + Avatar = SWAG-TASTIC!

I just got back from comic-con and my inner nerd is exhausted. It was a great 4 day trip filled with movies, toys, video games, costumes, and of course, comics. This was the first comic-con that I’ve ever attended so I was pretty excited. I’m sure I could write 10 page blog on just the details of everything I’ve seen. Instead I’m going to give a quick synopsis on the key things I went through or saw.

The people
I’ve been to a lot of conventions before. My job sometimes requires me to attend all types of gatherings. Never before have I seen one of this magnitude. The estimated attendance was over 150,000 . Luckily I bought the 4 day pass which allowed me an addition preview night before the rest of horde arrived.

I walked the exhibition hall, well as far as I could in that given time, and took notes on all the venues I wanted to see once everything was in full swing. It turned out to be a great idea because the next day would turn out to be maddening.

The costumes
This had to be one of my favorite parts. Some of the ideas that these people came up with we’re incredible. Practically all of the costumes were hand made, which only made them that much more impressive. Every character from fantasy, sci-fi, video game and comic book lore was duly represented.IMG_0867
Not all the costumes we’re fantastic. There were a few costume-wearers that should have hung their head in shame. I honestly think that there’s should be ground rules to the dress up game. Certain limits must be observed in order for the viewing masses to avoid uncontrollable laughter or induced vomiting. Among these restrictions  age and weight should absolutely be limited. For example… I saw a 70 year old woman dressed as Wonder Woman. I’m sure some of you may think that it’s cute, but let me assure you, there’s nothing sexy about  a geriatric woman showing off her varicose veins in a pair of blue star spangled boy shorts. . . NOTHING!!!

The Panels
Without a doubt my favorite part of the whole convention was getting the chance to see the people who churn out the content to make this whole thing happen. Authors, directors, writers, game designers and celebrities all sat down and gave their opinion about the state of the industry, what they we’re promoting, and a myriad of other topics that quenched our inner geeks. It was fantastic!

I attended as many as I could but due to the long lines I missed a staggering amount of incredible panels. The ones I did attend included Peter Jackson, James Cameron, Kevin Smith, the cast of AVATAR, District 9, Legion and Star Wars Clone Wars. I also listened to the creators of video games such as Halo, Splinter Cell, Left 4 Dead, Mass Effect, Resident Evil and a shit ton more! As a fellow enthusiast of the movie/blog industry it was enlightening listening to all of these people who all had the same thing in common; a sincere love of what they did and the courage to chase their dreams. Don’t get me wrong many of them had an exceptional talent in their particular craft, but the vast majority we’re regular people who just practiced and perfected their passion. That’s it.

I left every panel with a sense of determination. The panels alone we’re worth the price of admission and long lines. If you ever go to “The Con”, do yourself a favor and listen in on some of the discussions. You’ll leave with a keener sense of focus.

Schwaaaaag (free shit)
They give away so much shit at Comic-Con that people walk around with these huge over-the-shoulder bags that stand around 3 feet tall. ( I am not exaggerating). These bags are everywhere. Little kids, old people, even the handicap are dragging around these huge bags.

Personally I thought they looked really stupid slung over people’s sides like special ed purses; however, around the middle of day one I looked at them completely different. I didn’t get one, but I thought really long and hard about it. Shirts, pens, games, buttons, CD’s, DVD’s, you name it they were given away. By the end of  day 4 I’m sure people had enough schwag to re-sell and start their own business.

If you’re a movie nut like me, this was an added plus to the whole ordeal. The convention center had geek inspired movies, tv shows, and cartoons running all day everyday. This may not sound like much, but something can be said about a movie going experience with people who love the film as much as you do. There’s an energy in the room that makes the participation almost electric. It’s like watching your favorite movie with 500 of your closest friends. Not only that, it gives you a chance to see old movies, and tv shows on the big screen.

Without getting too long winded I honestly say that I absolutely enjoyed the entire event. It wasn’t perfect by any means. There we’re long lines, inflated prices and a shortage of space that really needs to be dealt with. As far as content is concerned it was visual overload. I will certainly be at next years event, this time as a seasoned veteran. Hell I might even dress up and make the transformation into a compete spaz complete.

The convention is not for everyone. I strongly recommend that the die hard fans go. If you’re just a casual dork who slums it with an occasional episode of “Lost” every now and then I guarantee that it will probably not be for you. In order to understand the madness, you have to be a little mad yourself. Believe me, the rabbit hole gets deep on this one.

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