This weekend was the first time I attended the San Diego Comic Con. While it wasn’t my first convention, it was definitely the largest with the most mid and upper-echelon professionals in comics, movies, and television. Also, I was able to see merchandise from several companies I have only seen online.
The experience was somewhat different from what I expected–mostly in good ways. For example, I read several complaints by female fans about other attendees groping them or making crude remarks. I had only good experiences with fellow cosplayers and general people requesting photos. Everyone was very polite, and no one made any crude or vulgar remarks while I was out in tight-fitting costumes. The worst things I had were a “hugs” guy requesting a hug (he didn’t try to squeeze anything inappropriately) and a guy dressed as Deadpool commenting about my “Where’s my movie?” Wonder Woman sign (he made a smart aleck remark about the movie being on the way and “some random semi-famous model” playing her in the movie and not me–isn’t that completely in character for Deadpool?) I don’t know how it was for other people, but I found the other attendees to be considerate and well-meaning.
I couldn’t believe how many events occurred outside the convention center! Every day, I found something new to do. Unfortunately, I had plans for the days when I didn’t have passes, so I couldn’t do everything in the Petco Park area. The one thing I missed and wanted to do was the Gotham zipline. I never used one before, and it looked exciting to fly over Gotham. I did, however, get to run in the Walking Dead Escape. I thought it was a bit expensive–$78.50 to be a survivor–but for a once-in-a-lifetime experience, it was fun. I love the show and followed it from the first few trade comics and season 1 of the TV series. The experience was very similar to what I would expect in a real-life evacuation–with flesh-eating zombies. I have to admit, I made it through because I was scared to be in the last group. Instead, I half-sprinted through it. If anyone is considering going through the course, keep in mind the zombies will move toward you and kind of grab you. Also, it is pretty rigorous. Our course at SDCC went up and down a parking garage, through a stadium, and out in an open area on the ground floor. You need to be able to at least walk quickly to make it through; however, I found running more fun. (Actually, the zombies kind of scared me into running. :P) At the end, they gave us prizes for finishing the course and had a sort of party set at the finish line. My one beef with the Walking Dead Escape is that they erected a party area, set up merch tents, then wanted everyone–most of whom paid the survivor and walker rates of $78-100 to participate–to pay for a raffle drawing and all beverages, even non-alcoholic ones. Come on, people. There were about 40-70 people per group per run. Yes, makeup, space, and props are expensive, but when you have runs going every fifteen minutes from 8-11, do you need to charge for every single thing? Please, at least consider not charging for non-alcoholic beverages. Some of us spent most of our money on the entry fee.
Sorry, kind of ranted for a minute. Anyway, I’m going to make a few more posts with pictures about the convention, so keep an eye out for more.
PS: I was a bit sad to discover Chris Hardwick wasn’t there for the SDCC Walking Dead Escape. I know he’s busy, but it was still a bit sad. 😦 If he was there, it must have been on the other night. I still think he’s a very fun and energetic host, and the Talking Dead is lucky to have him.