Normally a bustling beach town with a laid back vibe, this past weekend San Diego suddenly exploded with a bonafide, almost beamed-up menagerie of characters that normally would be found only in video games, popular movies and television shows and of course, comic books. What is going on here, anyway? Well of course the answer is obvious. Comic Con has come to town! The annual geek-a-thon known as Comic Con is the convention that comic lovin’ nerds everywhere dream about all year long. Ardent purveyors of this exciting event plan for months in advance in order to get their favorite character costumes ready, often designing and creating these costumes themselves. What is there to love about Comic Con? Here’s our top 10 list.
Guest Speakers and A-Lister’s: If you are a movie or video game buff, it’s become commonplace for the hot new films or games to have a representative panel present at Comic Con, there to discuss upcoming and new projects and to promote them with the fans. For the latest info on your passion, Comic Con is the place to be!
Toys and Merchandise: Toy companies, comic book artists and all sorts of merchandisers will have booths at Comic Con showing off their latest wares. If you are a die-hard fan wanting some pretty epic and authentic paraphernalia, you are going to find it here.
Photo Ops: With so many folks running around in amazing costumes, this makes for photo ops galore. Don’t be surprised if you are in costume if people want their picture taken with you, too!
Hot Nerds Everywhere: Amazing costumes do some pretty fabulous things for even average people and can attract a lot of attention that the every day nerd may not be used to. Comic Con is a place where fantasy lives in rich abundance and even the geekiest of dweebs can dress up as something completely hot and some of these get ups can be quite skimpy. (Cover your eyes children!!) Don’t be surprised if you see a lot of people running around that could be called downright sexy.
Be a Kid Again: If your inner child has just been itching to come out, Comic Con might just be the perfect place to let that happen. Don’t be intimidated by the throngs of die-hard fans dressed up in epic costumes. All manner of nerdiness is welcome here and the crowd at Comic Con is all about having a good time.
Free Stuff: Lots of booths set up by various vendors means lots of freebies. Take advantage of a plethora of free samples! When you enter Comic Con you will be given a large bag--there’s a reason for this. Posters, food, lanyards, buttons, stickers and fan gear--you will end up with all kinds of swag, baby, but do remember to only take what you really want as you will have to haul it around. You also might want to bring an autograph book for any autographs you are fortunate enough to obtain.
Good Nerd Times! From one nerd to another, what other place could you go to that is guaranteed to be filled with bazillions of like-minded folks running around in costume for four days straight? Comic Con is a nerd’s paradise and there are plenty of good-n-geeky times to be had. You might have dinner next to The Hobbit and then ask a friendly Green Alien for directions, all while waving to five different Supermen on your way down the street…this would just be part of an average day at Comic Con.
Playing Dress up: Comic Con is the ultimate arena for cosplay. (Cosplay is the official terminology for costumed role-play.) The typical Halloween Costumes you see at Halloween can’t touch this level of costumery! Although at Comic Con you will see some very detailed, creative and down right astounding costumes, there is still plenty of room for the more novice cosplayer. Remember that even the most die-hard Comic Con fan was a beginner at some point.
Fantasy: Once upon a time, Comic Con used to be mostly about comics. These days this massive fan convention has morphed into a celebration of a wide variety of all things related to pop culture. Comic Con also provides the perfect opportunity for tried and true fans to dive in and almost become a part of the fantasy that he has before only experienced vicariously at home in his living room.
Costumes! Gone are the days when Comic book characters were the order of the day at Comic Con. Nowadays at Comic Con you will see folks dressing up as just about anything. Science fiction, Disney, Cartoons, Television, movies and video games--these are just a few of the media sources that will inspire the cosplayer attendees at Comic Con.
Comic Con is a great opportunity for even the geekiest amongst us to get our coolest game on…big time. Serious self-expression through cosplay and a heckuva good time is the order of the day and around these parts, this is something we can definitely appreciate.