The SDCC is happening this week, and once again without me…
But don’t cry for me, Argentina!
If you haven’t known by now, there are many drawbacks to the San Diego Comic Con. Here’s one from their website:
"All event and program rooms have limited capacity as set by the Fire Marshal. Even though your badge is needed to get into all events, it does not guarantee you access to any event if it has reached its capacity. We do not clear rooms between events. Most autograph signings are of a limited nature. Your badge does not guarantee autographs at any event.”
I currently work in the security biz. Concern for the safety of the attendees is understandable. Also, talent schedules/commitments tend to also get in the way. That is understandable too. If I have to be at work at a certain agreed-on time, I have to be there at that time! No ifs, ands, or buts! But, here is where it is not worth it: If you are lucky enough to get your badges to attend the con…I mean very lucky! You spend a shitload of money to book the hotel (As of 7/21/2014, there will not be any rooms available in that area [for a reasonable price] until September…Sep-fucking-tember!), and travel 2500+ miles (based out of Milwaukee), then get turned away at every presentation you want to see.
You could be just spending the entire con weekend standing in line, getting turned away, and eating your heart out while your buds brag about what they got to see, but you couldn’t. Then ask yourself if you actually had the intention to travel all those miles and spend all of that money to not really see anything except a bunch of others in costumes [who also got turned away], the crowded hallways, and/or the bottom of a never-ending pint, glass or bottle of whatever at a hotel bar.
Then, there is this:
"Please keep in mind…
• Seating in all event rooms at Comic-Con is on a first-come, first-served basis…”
If you are lucky to get in, you may be stuck waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyyy in the back or what is commonly known as section BFE or section CSS (“Butt Fuck Egypt” or “Can’t See Shit”) where the only view you get is the back of many heads. If you are under 6 feet like I am, it is just not worth it!
"• In the primary programming room area (Rooms 2 through 9 on the top level of the Convention Center), the four hallways leading into these rooms have been designated as either entrance only or exit only.”
Loooooooooooooooooooooooong ass lines! Each passing minute pretty much increases the chances of getting turned away if you are not there very early. If you are in the back of the line, turn around and go get a tall glass of your favorite heavy fuel from the bar. You ain’t getting in!
"• There are restrooms in Hall H. When you are facing the stage, the restrooms are to your right. If you leave the hall—for any reason—you may not be allowed back in or you may have to get in line to get back in. Again, because of Fire Marshal rules, this policy will be strictly enforced, with no exceptions.”
Better have a catheter, colostomy bag, and/or diapers! I’m sure the cast of The Simpsons, The Walking Dead, Avengers: Age Of Ultron, Gotham, Arrow, Bob’s Burgers, Agents Of SHIELD, and the persons next to you do not want to see or smell some guy soiling/wetting himself. We’re pretty much certain the cleaning crew does not get any joy out of cleaning excrement/urine from the seats. Don’t even mention the delay this will cause because of the clean up! If you gotta go-you gotta go! Hold it, you say? Not worth the damaged kidneys or impacted intestinal matter by “holding it”!
The SDCC is such a major success, they utilize their own cleaning crew. (Pictured above)
Now, I am not discouraging anyone from attending the San Diego Comic Con. If you were lucky enough to have gotten your badges through that [shitty] website they set up every March, and plunked down the thousands of dollars for airfare/lodging, I just want you to know what you are up against. But, question whether or not this should be an annual tradition for you or not: Will it be more stressful than fun? How often will you laugh and applaud? How often will you say “this is bullshit” or “awe come on”? Are you doing this because you have been going to these things for years? Are you doing this because it is the “in-thing”?
I have probably stated in earlier posts that I have been trying to get badges for almost 20 years now. They were difficult to get way back when. Now, it is impossible! Am I a glutton for punishment? Why do I keep doing this and failing year after year? I don’t see it as “failing”. I see it as accepting a challenge! I play the lottery. It is not that much different. For much longer than 20 years, I have been going to the Wizard World Comic Con in Chicago (Rosemont, Illinois actually). There were a few years (late 90’s to mid 2000’s) where I would make the annual trek to the Creation Xena convention in L.A. and even before that, the Star Trek conventions when they came to town. I’ll admit, I missed a few of each of those due to unforeseen circumstances (illness, unemployment, moving, work schedule, etc.). But, when the tickets went on sale, I always got them! So, you really can’t say I fail every year.
Personally, I find the “smaller” conventions like Wizard World to be just about the same thing as San Diego, but a little more fan friendly, intimate and logistically organized. Did I mention there is a good chance of a major surprise guest showing up? It has happened! At the SDCC, the chance of surprise guests are very slim and rare.
Also, like I stated in an earlier post, you shouldn’t expect to see the likes of CNN, TMZ, E! News/red carpet, or Access Hollywood; At the very most, the local T.V. stations and the newspapers will do the reporting.
At Creation or Wizard, there are a good amount celebrity guests who tend to walk around freely, if schedule permits, and mingle with the fans without incident! At San Diego, they may hop on a private plane, sit on the panel for an hour, answer a few questions, and hop back on the private plane. Back to work. Nothing wrong with that! At the “smaller” cons, if a guest cannot make it-they cannot make it! We understand! Nobody is holding a gun to their heads!
What I am saying is this: San Diego has turned into a press, publicity and plug event rather than a comic book and fan convention. It has become exclusive and elitist like the Oscars or Emmy’s with people dressed as Batman, Wonder Woman, Iron Man, Doctor Who, Etc. instead of tuxes and gowns. The [real] fans have become lowest priority. I am sure there are those who had been attending the SDCC for a long time up until a few years ago because of what it has turned into and what they now have to go through to just get into the door! It’s just sad!
'nuff said, as Stan Lee would say.
See you in Chicago in August!