This is the second year in a row that I’ve gone to Comic-Con International without a booth of my own. But 2016 was the year that I really found a home at Prism Comics. (Last year, I was just at Prism briefly each day to do signings.)
Overall, I think it worked out great.
Hoards of fans came to the giant Prism booth. More than I might’ve seen if I’d had a Last Kiss booth on my own. And, I have to say, it was a lot easier (and cheaper!) to display there as just one of many creators at the booth.
Plus, the Prism folks were incredibly nice and fun to hang with!
Because of exhaustion (long story), I was very much under the weather a couple of days during the con—which is a first for me. (If I’m going to get sick, it’s normally after I get home and collapse.) So it was a relief to not be in charge of running a booth this year AND be sick.
People who’ve never attended Comic-Con International always want to know what the show is like—although most of them think they already know.
They imagine it to be:
—wall-to-wall nerds dressed in costumes more bizarre (and occasionally revealing) than a Halloween party at a Bizarro version of the Playboy Mansion.
—full of celebrities. So many that you’re practically tripping over all the egos.
The reality is that maybe only one in 10 or 20 attendees wear costumes. And this year—some people think—there may have been even fewer than that.
The speculation is that as Comic-Con has become even more of a pop culture event, it’s being attended by more and more members of the general public (most of whom would never think of wearing a costume.)
And, with the competition so fierce to get admission badges, it’s getting harder and harder for cosplayers (and comic book fans in general) to attend.
Still there are 130,000 attendees. And, if only one in 50 of those 130,000 people wear costumes, that’s still a lot of costumes!
As for TV and movie celebrities…sure, they’re there. But for the big names, you have to wait hours—some people camp out all night—to get into “Hall H” where the most popular panels take place. (If you get in, though, you can stay all day—and many people do.)
Which isn’t to say there aren’t a lot of great panels you can easily attend without waiting in line.
This year, the best by far—well, okay, the only panel I actually attended—was Craig Yoe’s “Weird Love Live!”
Yoe and other panelists discussed romance comics and comics for women, of course. But the real highlight was when actors from Captured Aural Phantasy Theater did a sort of table reading based on scripts from various outrageously goofy romance comics. Hilarious stuff!
By the end of the convention, I was completely exhausted but feeling relatively healthy. Then I flew home, collapsed and (Surprise!) got sick.
Of course, I can’t wait ’til next year!