Review – San Diego Comic Con 2016 (from a first timer)

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San Diego ComicHeld July 20-24, Comic Con International’s largest convention, San Diego Comic Con took place at the San Diego Convention Center and the surrounding downtown area. Badges sell out fast and leaves nerds everywhere envious of those who obtain them. I was lucky enough to be able to go this past convention for the first time. Is it everything one expects it to be?

Honestly, having gone to most conventions the past three years, I can honestly say it didn’t feel much different than most other conventions, especially it’s sister show, Wondercon. Sure, the booths are bigger and flashier and there are more of them, but it honestly didn’t have that “Wow” factor I had the first time I had gone to a convention. More likely, I hyped myself too much. The main draw, I assume for many, are the exclusives. Most exclusives are only sold at the convention which, if you cannot obtain, you can later find at a significant markup. In order to obtain these exclusives you have to obtain a ticket or wristband, which are available in limited quantities, in order to purchase them. Some of the lines get stupid long, *coughFunkocough*, to the point you have to ask yourself, “Is it worth it?” If you want to get most exclusives, be prepared to camp out outside and walk really fast. Also, if you are a Marvel fan, this is really the only con where they have any sort of preference.

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That’s not to say it was a terrible experience. Sure, SDCC might be a line simulator, but I still had my fair share of fun. Just going around seeing all these large elaborate booths was a sight unto itself. Marvel and DC both had props and costumes from upcoming movies. Movie studios had movie premieres, such as DC with The Killing Joke, which also had a panel and a Q and A before and after the film. Various game studios had a presence at the convention, such as Capcom, who had their Resident Evil 7 VR experience, and The Behemoth, showcasing their upcoming, turn based, strategy game Pit People. The Resident Evil 7 VR experience was probably the highlight of the convention for me. It was the previously shown Kitchen demo and was probably the scariest gaming experience I have ever played and made me go from “ehhhh….” to “day one” on the Playstation VR.

Outside the conventions, various companies had booths set up for people to enjoy. Comedy Central had a giant South Park photo area. NBC had a few booth promoting upcoming shows. FX and Adult Swim also had fan areas to promote their shows, but I unfortunately could not find them. Across the street there was also a VR arcade showcasing upcoming VR games. Square Enix also had the Square Enix Experience, which had fun activities promoting Deus Ex, Tomb Raider and Final Fantasy XV. There was even a beer garden with, in my opinion, some terrible fucking beer. The lines for all of these experiences rivaled those inside the convention itself.

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People always talk about how terrible the crowds are at SDCC. As a first timer, I didn’t think the crowds were all that bad (at first). Nothing like the stories I’ve heard and what I pictured from those stories. Thursday and Friday were really enjoyable. You really had the freedom to walk around and enjoy the convention. Saturday was a bit busier but nothing really crazy. Sunday, though. Sunday was a different beast all to itself. You honestly really couldn’t move without bumping into someone else and if you were a passive type of person, you really will not get anywhere.

So, was it worth it. Everything (legal) is worth trying once. It might lose it’s “Wow” factor if you regularly go to other conventions, but it is still an event to behold. Just be prepared to play Line Simulator 2017. A lot.

SDCC 2016
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The Verdict

Lines, lines, and more lines. Be prepared to stand in a lot of them. It’s not all that bad, though. There is still an enjoyable time to be had here, but if you are an avid convention goer, it might not have that “wow” factor like that first con did.

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