So I went to my first Comic Con yesterday. I found it to be a combination of something I disliked greatly (crowds) and something I’m only mildly interested in (comics.) I would probably not go again on my own, as it was expensive and I would rather attend a Lego convention, but it would be fun to go with a friend or something. (I was planning to attend with some people, but they all dropped out for various reasons and I ended up going alone.) It was an okay event, but not quite worth the money and time I put into it, IMO. (Okay, mainly it’s just the crowds. I do NOT like crowds and it was jammed the entire time. I arrived half an hour before one of the panels and then stood in line for 50 minutes... suffice to say I missed the first bit of the panel.)
I guess a big draw is celebrity appearances. There were a few people whose autographs I would’ve been interested in, but $30+ for each? Yeah, I don’t adore celebrities that much, sorry. Still, the highlight of the show for me was the two panels I was able to attend. The first one was Silas Weir Mitchell and Reggie Lee answering questions about Grimm, which was great because half the panel was them discussing what they liked about filming in Portland. The next was Elizabeth Henstridge and Brett Dalton talking about Agents of SHIELD. I’m only moderately impressed with the show now, but they were very entertaining. (And at one point a young girl dressed like Thor asked a question, and they brought her up to the stage to take a picture with them... and her question was one of the more interesting ones too.) It was fun, but also the kind of thing I could’ve enjoyed just as much watching on Youtube as in person. (And they filmed the whole thing, so I expect it would pop up on Youtube soon anyway.)
There was some excellent artwork on display, from various artists and stuff. But see, I didn’t know any of them, so there was none of that “meet the creator of your favorite comic” stuff for me. Pretty much if felt like wandering through an art forum that was very specific to super heroes. Lots of great stuff, lots of amazing artwork, but OMG the crowds. I’ve seen crowds at Lego conventions, but this was like a constant wall to wall group of people. It never let up, and it made it difficult to pass by all the booths. I know it’s totally introverted, but I would’ve rather browsed the artwork online. Still, I splurged a bit and bought a couple of posters, or prints or whatever they’re called, both to support the local artists and because I need more variety in my poster collection in my apartment. I got two Legend of Korra prints (one is Korrasami), a Star Wars print, and a Sword Art Online print. (Went over my budget on that, but hey glad some artists accepted credit card and not just cash.)
Oh, and I guess there was cosplay. Like, a LOT of costumes. I guess if you like dressing up, that alone would be reason enough to attend. There were some really great ones too. But I’m just not into that, mostly because I’m visually unappealing to look at anyway. Also, in case I forgot to mention it, crowds. (As fun as it would be to go to New York or San Diego for ones where Lego has an official presence, I could totally not handle that level of crowds for that long a time.) Oh, there was a neat display by PortLug, basically a highlights of BricksCascade display, but it was nothing compared to what they can put up when they have their own full convention.