Thursday, July 30, 2015

Why SDCC Doesn't Excite Me

There are a few reasons that I really don't care about what happens at San Diego Comic Con (SDCC) doesn't hold much meaning for me. First of all, I'm not reading any current comics, so hearing all about these panels and such where the latest news on comics titles break really doesn't appeal to me. It's great that people are excited for the new Bunnyman ... sorry, I mean Batman, but they lost me with that character a long time ago, and DC just keeps reinforcing that.

Second, while the name is "Comic Con", it's really more about all media. Oh, I watch these movies & TV shows, but if I watch them anyway, I don't care about reveals outside of the show. Much like Andy Leyland of Hey Kids, Comics!, if I've already made up my mind to see something, seeing trailers is probably going to spoil more of it for me than add to my excitement. Heck, I'm the guy that stops watching when the TV show says "Next Time on ...", because I plan on watching it next week, so I'll see it during that episode.

Lastly, and this is from an actually visiting there point of view, I'm not huge on crowds. It's not that I have a fear of them, I just get annoyed when I want to get from Point A to Point B and the people in front of me decide to stop in the middle of everything and point over somewhere. In a place like Walt Disney World, that is unavoidable, kind of like strollers, but at least there the good far outweighs the bad. At SDCC, I would be annoyed at trying to get somewhere to hear news that I didn't care about.

Take all of that and add to it the time and expense to get to San Diego, or just the time to watch the videos, etc, and I can honestly say that I really don't care about SDCC. Much like Major League Baseball, for which I also have no interest anymore, I prefer the smaller conventions. You know, ones that I can actually buy comics at. Or at least the ones that have an identity and don't try to be the end all, be all of every possible media type & genre.

OK, rant over. Now get off my lawn!

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  1. I've got to say I agree with you on big conventions in general. I've been to NYCC last year with my daughter, and will be going again this year with a few of her friends.

    I've got to say, I'm not particularly looking forward to it. NYCC, because of the venue, is MUCH more crowded than San Diego (from what I can see in the photos). The problems with getting tickets are legendary, and trying to get lunch in the Javits Center is nigh-unto impossible. Getting into any of the interesting panels is also simply impossible unless you're prepared to miss a huge chunk of the day.

    I much prefer smaller-scale conventions like Shore Leave or even the Creation cons. There may not be as many costumes, but they're just as good, and the smaller more intimate size makes it much easier to get around and enjoy everything the con has to offer.

    1. I went to NYCC once. Once.

      I think part of my problem, as stated above, is I like more focused conventions. If I want horror, I'll go to Chiller. If I want Trek, I'll go to Creation. I'd rather have more of a theme to the event, which makes it more fun in my opinion.