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2012-03-04 09:41:53 AM  
I'd rather go to New York CC.
 
2012-03-04 10:00:40 AM  
Oh I'm sure some subsidiary of Ticketmaster has thousands available at 3x the original price.
 
2012-03-04 10:10:12 AM  
I remember this being held in the El Cotez hotel in the 70's. I was even a member of the "committee" with Shel Dorf being president. OK I was only 14 and was delegated to stapling flyers.
/God I'm old.
/CSB I know.
 
2012-03-04 10:12:36 AM  
El CoRtez hotel. *sigh* I need more coffee.
 
2012-03-04 10:30:20 AM  

clancifer: Oh I'm sure some subsidiary of Ticketmaster has thousands available at 3x the original price.


Yerp.
 
2012-03-04 10:32:37 AM  
I thought it was a waste of time when I went a few years back and spent most of my time waiting in lines for the panels. Yeah. Haven't been back since.

/almost wish they moved to LA
 
2012-03-04 11:20:04 AM  

clancifer: Oh I'm sure some subsidiary of Ticketmaster has thousands available at 3x the original price.


Or even more boot-strappy individuals. (new window)
 
2012-03-04 01:18:41 PM  
www.geekologie.com
 
2012-03-04 01:25:11 PM  
At some point I really want to go to this.
 
2012-03-04 01:56:31 PM  

texdent: At some point I really want to go to this.


I used to want to go, but from everything I've heard it's just become a total clusterfark. If you want to attend any of the even remotely popular panels, plan on getting in line at least a day early. Wall to wall people everywhere too. Sure, there are cute cosplay girls, but I guess the ratio of Supergirl to fat Wolverine is about 1:10.

They really should consider doing this twice a year. Maybe Summer could be more movie oriented and winter could be about, oh, I don't know, maybe comics.
 
2012-03-04 01:57:33 PM  
I wonder how many were bought by that Paul Christoforo douche. I heard he knows the guy that runs PAX
 
2012-03-04 02:05:55 PM  
I've never been to a major comiccon, but it seems to me that they are less about the fans of comics as they've become a media outlet for movies, television, and anything else to pimp and promote their work. As in a fully dressed (with booth babes) and stacked (with shilling celebrities) floating press junket whose main audience is the select few from various internet blogs to take pictures, write down snarky notes, and serve as de facto press agents for their blog audiences?
 
2012-03-04 02:10:36 PM  

Mawson of the Antarctic: I've never been to a major comiccon, but it seems to me that they are less about the fans of comics as they've become a media outlet for movies, television, and anything else to pimp and promote their work. As in a fully dressed (with booth babes) and stacked (with shilling celebrities) floating press junket whose main audience is the select few from various internet blogs to take pictures, write down snarky notes, and serve as de facto press agents for their blog audiences?


You would be correct. 2008 was the last year it was worth.anything. After that it just necame a place for celebs to ne seen.
 
2012-03-04 02:12:13 PM  
Want to go to the San Diego ComicPop Culture-Con? Better luck next year, the tickets sold out in minutes

Fix that for subby.
 
2012-03-04 02:17:28 PM  

Grables'Daughter: [www.geekologie.com image 450x675]


This thread has possibilities
 
2012-03-04 02:32:36 PM  
Come to DragonCon instead.
 
2012-03-04 02:57:59 PM  

Chariset: clancifer: Oh I'm sure some subsidiary of Ticketmaster has thousands available at 3x the original price.

Yerp.


It's almost as if some geeks need to get together to plan a community convention that centers around comics without the interference of corporations and ticketmaster.

Akin to what the A.G.E show is compared to C.H.A.M.P.S
 
2012-03-04 03:21:15 PM  

DanZero: Want to go to the San Diego ComicPop Culture-Con? Better luck next year, the tickets sold out in minutes

Fix that for subby.


This. It's having less and less to do with geeky media every year.
 
2012-03-04 03:28:11 PM  
In the early 90s I lived in San Diego and managed to make a few Comic-Con and loved the vendor and booths and all the comics for sale. But it was a as a whole smelly, mostly poorly groomed, mostly male, group of gaming and comic geeks. It's crazy how much it changes overtime. I wouldn't mind going again, but I am not going to go crazy over it (Other end of the country now)
 
2012-03-04 03:28:31 PM  
Went a couple of years ago. The aisles were nearly impassable. The most interesting thing to me was the realization that if you ever want to arm yourself to the teeth with real weapons and walk the streets of a major city, this would be the time. The AKs, ammo belts, chain guns, grenades, samurai swords, and other stuff that I saw being carried around the neighborhood could have been the real thing as far as I could tell, and the cops would just cruise right by them.
 
2012-03-04 03:29:25 PM  
I've been once, and spent at least three-fourths of the time in line for panels. Until more people have a chance to get in to see the panels they want - either by kicking people out at the end of every talk instead of letting the people that get in at 8am camp in one room all day, or by moving the Con to a bigger location with more rooms available - I don't think it is worth going back.
 
2012-03-04 03:32:19 PM  

WinterRose: Come to DragonCon instead.


I stopped going to DragonCon after standing in the hot sun for four hours just to pick up a pass I paid for nine months previous. Every year the line got longer and longer and the system for handing out passes more and more screwed up. Though I'm told they've made some improvements, they need to stop with the whole "It's a membership not a ticket" BS and accept the fact that we're not still in the age of the Commodore 64. While I'm sure they won't miss me one bit, eventually someone is going to seize on the opportunity that the people who have been organizing DragonCon the same way for two decades have left open and create something that can handle the crowds without becoming the big commercial that is Comic-Con.
 
2012-03-04 03:33:35 PM  
Went there in 1998 when it was still (mostly) a comic book convention. It was kind of surreal. At a small booth at the end of one aisle were Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes sitting there in their Jay and Silent Bob get ups, kind of just blending in with everyone else. Heading into a bathroom, I was passed by Dee Snyder. At the "celebrity" autograph booths I saw Peter Mayhew signing to a small line. The biggest autograph line was to see Yanci Butler pushing her TV show Brooklyn South. In the middle of one aisle was the lead singer to Danzig (Glenn) at his own booth selling comic books and trying to convince a customer that he doesn't get political. The saddest thing I saw was tucked into a corner at a small booth were an old, silver-haired couple sitting by themselves, with no one in line to meet them. I walked a little closer and saw that they were Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru from the original Star Wars. And they looked tired and a little confused. By far the stars of the convention were the Comic book writers and artists. These guys were rock stars.
 
2012-03-04 03:34:15 PM  

cenobyte40k: In the early 90s I lived in San Diego and managed to make a few Comic-Con and loved the vendor and booths and all the comics for sale. But it was a as a whole smelly, mostly poorly groomed, mostly male, group of gaming and comic geeks. It's crazy how much it changes overtime. I wouldn't mind going again, but I am not going to go crazy over it (Other end of the country now)


I have a few "Got Soap?" shirts from ACen.
 
2012-03-04 03:40:57 PM  
WTF is there worth going to at San Diego Comic Con anymore?

oh, excuse me. Comic-Con INTERNATIONAL: San Diego (it hasn't been SDCC since 1994, when it started to like the taste of Hollywood executive butts)

The people who run this allegedly non-profit racket sold out to Hollywood years ago. Last year I went was in 2001 and even by then I saw how much it's gone downhill.
 
2012-03-04 03:44:57 PM  

texdent: At some point I really want to go to this.


Unless you have a TARDIS (or know someone who does) and can go to the ones between 1968-2000, you don't.

If you really want the Comic-Con International; SAn Diego experience, I would like to offer you this accurate simulation:

1. Stand out in the Summer sun for approx. 4 hours. with no bathroom breaks
2. Give me $75.
3. I will show you a couple reruns of "Adventure Time"
4. I will then kick you in the balls and toss you out the door.

I hope that you have enjoyed your visit to Comic Con International: San Diego
 
2012-03-04 03:48:05 PM  
Too bad for me.
I'll be on a cruise that week and staying at the Hedonism Resort.
But... have fun with all the lines, crappy food and fat Wonder Women.
 
2012-03-04 04:09:54 PM  

clancifer: Oh I'm sure some subsidiary of Ticketmaster has thousands available at 3x the original price.


That's exactly what I was thinking. There are tickets available. You just have to pay.
 
2012-03-04 05:02:43 PM  
Thank God I went to it some years ago in '95-'00.

Just the right balance of geek & chic.
Some glam, some ham.

I loved the crowds, got all my friends and family to go and check it out.
Never tried for any panels, never cared.
Just bought a tik onsite, spent one whole day there. (that was enough)
Saw tons, loved the girls, great Tees...lots of swag.

One time had leaving press give me and my friends their tags...very cool.
Next time got to meet and take a pic with one of my favorite pornstarlettes.
Last time, met Gene Simmons...just hangin' out, walking around the crowd. (with his Playmate assistant...great pic with them)

I loved the sights, sounds and art, very cool.
But it's been years...I live on the East Coast now...and I wouldn't want to go thru the BS you now have to do.
Probably best, just to chill in SD, enjoy that...and just hang out for a few in front of the ComicCon.
You'll see quite a bit, just watching it all there...and that was 10 years ago.

Still nothing like it.
 
2012-03-04 05:37:18 PM  

EngineerAU: I stopped going to DragonCon after standing in the hot sun for four hours just to pick up a pass...etc...snip...



Last year was MUCH MUCH improved. My friend and I got there Friday evening, and got there late enough I thought it was going to be a horrible line...


/Just bought my tic...err..membership because of this article.
 
2012-03-04 05:39:55 PM  
Never been, though I've attended SciFi and Dungeons & Dragons cons in the past. (Get thee off my lawn!) However, the fact that ComicCon had a Glee panel tells me I'm not missing anything.
 
2012-03-04 05:50:12 PM  
The Navy, in its infinite wisdom, tends to schedule ship trials/inspections during Comic Con weeks. I've been there twice so far during Comic Con. It's bloody hard getting a hotel room for the visit. So after hours I'd go down to the Convention center and watch the freaks and geeks.

Last time, Fred Phelps crew was there, doing their usual BS. Another nice man was running around outside, handing out "Scott Pilgrim Garlic Bread". We could see the huge "Scott Pilgrim" banner tied to the side of the hotel as we were coming into port.
 
2012-03-04 05:51:03 PM  
hahahahahhahahahaha
Got 4 and I live in SD!

Trolly to and fro
 
2012-03-04 06:00:51 PM  

MarkMartinFan: hahahahahhahahahaha
Got 4 and I live in SD!

Trolly to and fro


Amount of F*cks given: 0%

There are plenty of things to get jelly about (such as the imminent Paradise that solokumba is about to embark upon) . Spending money on Comic Con isn't one of them.
 
2012-03-04 06:06:34 PM  
Meh. I'm going to hit up the Seattle comic con and meet River, Jayne, Fry, Bender, Teal'c, Starbuck, Sulu, Doc Brown, and that one Farker from Stand By Me.
 
2012-03-04 06:17:01 PM  
They should take a lesson from Burning Man and have a lottery system to sell tickets.
 
2012-03-04 06:38:26 PM  

DeaH: clancifer: Oh I'm sure some subsidiary of Ticketmaster has thousands available at 3x the original price.

That's exactly what I was thinking. There are tickets available. You just have to pay.


Since these are "memberships" sold to individual people who have to identify themselves when they pick up thier badges - no, Ticketmaster does not have tickets.
 
2012-03-04 07:14:43 PM  
It's not a comic-con anymore.

It's a "look at my costume I'm an attention whore" con, now.

To hell with it. I'll stay home and read comics.
 
2012-03-04 07:57:10 PM  
Sold out in minutes? So, some recession huh?
 
2012-03-04 08:01:43 PM  
Big whoop. Most of the good panels turn up on Youtube the monday after the con anyway.

/too old for conventions anyway.
//damn kids.
 
2012-03-04 08:31:45 PM  

clancifer: Oh I'm sure some subsidiary of Ticketmaster has thousands available at 3x the original price.


Stubhub and their people probably snatched them up because once something gets popular you have to stop poor people from attending.
 
2012-03-04 10:35:05 PM  

MarkMartinFan: hahahahahhahahahaha
Got 4 and I live in SD!

Trolly to and fro


And hopefully MTS will add on extra special event trains. Like ten or twenty more than prior two years. Was not fun, being sardined next to squeeing Twilight fans.
 
2012-03-05 12:10:56 AM  
Wait so are all the hotchicks booth girls or fans?

/ dumb question? I honestly dont know
 
2012-03-05 12:42:34 AM  

Really I'm Black: Wait so are all the hotchicks booth girls or fans?

/ dumb question? I honestly dont know


Look at it this way. How many hot chicks did you see in the Chess Club? Or Math Club? I know they existed when I went to school but "hot chick" wasn't the biggest demographic in the geek clubs.
 
2012-03-05 05:24:13 AM  
I wonder how many of them were bought by people intending to resell them at a higher price
 
2012-03-05 10:34:41 AM  
Any thoughts on Wondercon? I'm thinking of going this year since it's in Anaheim. Tickets seem to be still available but I'm confused on the whole Comic-Con Member ID part though that seems to be required.
 
2012-03-05 12:46:16 PM  
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clancifer: Oh I'm sure some subsidiary of Ticketmaster has thousands available at 3x the original price.


Who needs Ticketmaster when you've got Damone?


/anyone ever attend Megacon?
 
2012-03-05 09:00:45 PM  
I think WonderCon is in Anaheim so they can get some more Hollywood suckup time.
 
2012-03-05 11:39:03 PM  
WonderCon is in Anaheim this year because the Moscone Center is being renovated.
 
2012-03-06 01:11:31 PM  
I think I hit the sales url 10 seconds after it went online and I was 6,000 in line. I ended buying my tickets after about 30 minutes or so of waiting so it wasn't really that bad.

There is no twighlight movie coming out this year so that could be why the wait wasn't so long.

Still though, I remember just a few years ago being able to buy tix weeks after they went on sale.
 
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