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(Cleveland Plain Dealer)   Today, you can find 500 people in line for the bathrooms at any given time. If you're thinking, "This sounds excellent I love standing in line," forget about it   (cleveland.com) divider line 18
    More: Amusing, san diego comic con, Morgan Spurlock, waiting in line, comics publishing companies, Harry Knowles, bathrooms  
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2012-07-02 08:11:13 PM  
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2012-07-02 08:12:26 PM  
images.cryhavok.org

Wonder what this thread will be about?
 
2012-07-02 08:17:51 PM  
I've never been to SDCC, but I've heard mixed things. Some people say they love it, go every single year, and have tons of fun. Others say that the crowds are obscene, and the lines for EVERYTHING are unbearably long to the point that it's not even fun anymore. Anything and everything that would be reasonably popular requires you to queue up for hours ahead of time, and even then it's never a guarantee you're not waiting in line for nothing.

I also get the sense that the whole thing has devolved into little more than a corporate marketing event catering to a crowd who think they're too hip for such things and doesn't even realize that's what it is.

Me personally, I can't stand crowds. I went to PAX East this year for the first time, and started getting claustrophobic. I just can't justify waiting in like for 2 and a half hours waiting to play a 10 minute demo of a game I probably won't care for anyways. It seems to me like these sorts of events always end up being victims of poor organization, but I suppose there's only so much you can do to organize when you've got a sea of humanity that large.
 
2012-07-02 08:24:30 PM  
Came for the Flying Pig, leaving satisfied.
 
2012-07-02 10:06:00 PM  
Poor Morgan Spurlock. 30 Days was a great show. Now he's reduced to "documenting" comic con.
 
2012-07-02 10:13:22 PM  
Meh. Summerfest will probably see 10 times that amount at any given time throughout the evening tomorrow. In the old days when they didn't have enough bathrooms women would wait in line at the men's room stalls while dudes were pissing in the sinks.
 
2012-07-02 10:31:09 PM  
Unlike every other Morgan Spurlock documentary, "Comic-Con" does not feature Morgan Spurlock front and center on the screen. Instead, Spurlock stays behind the camera and focuses his attention on a half-dozen or so people who have come to Comic-Con to pursue their dreams.

That doesn't make him any less of a douchebag.
 
2012-07-02 10:59:10 PM  
Ok help me out... the pic has a stormtrooper in it and a guy from another movie. What's the other character in the photo?

media.cleveland.com
 
2012-07-02 11:15:20 PM  
I like my firefly, star wars, blade runner, aliens, et al, but I'd just as soon nuke the entire site from orbit as walk through that crowd once.

I don't do well in crowds.

/no basement
 
2012-07-02 11:18:29 PM  

king of vegas: Ok help me out... the pic has a stormtrooper in it and a guy from another movie. What's the other character in the photo?

[media.cleveland.com image 380x252]



.Stormtrooper (sandtrooper?) on the left, one of the storm troopers that rides the bike from Return of the Jedi on the right, and Porkins in the back.

/Doesn't really know that much about Star Wars
//Can't figure out how I just got trolled
 
2012-07-02 11:36:56 PM  
Comic Con is awesome and I've never been. I like to go downtown and people watch from a nice bar with a patio. Awesome!!!
 
2012-07-03 01:59:08 AM  
Paging Space Marines to the thread.
 
2012-07-03 05:08:09 AM  
Hopefully they have better admissions processes than GenCon. I did not preregister last year.. and I was in line and done in less than 30 minutes.

The line for pre-reg was more than 3 hours long Friday morning, and even worse on Saturday. I have heard this is typical of large cons (Gencon is the largest I attend) and I just wonder why they can't get it done.

I've attended vendor shows in New York with 10x the attendance of a show like GenCon and never had a problem when I preregistered.

Never been able to figure that one out (or why anyone would preregister at a Gaming or sci fi Con if it is always that bad)
 
2012-07-03 08:14:01 AM  
Spurlock (and his producers) choose to ignore the issue that clearly besets Comic-Con at this stage of its existence -- nothing less than the selling of its soul, as Hollywood and marketers co-opt the event and shove its original purpose and spirit further and further to the side.

Hasn't this been the case for a while now? I certainly crossed it off my list of "things to do" years ago.
I'm happy for their success, and yadda yadda, but it seems the atmosphere is completely different these days.
 
2012-07-03 08:24:18 AM  

Shadow Blasko: Hopefully they have better admissions processes than GenCon. I did not preregister last year.. and I was in line and done in less than 30 minutes.

The line for pre-reg was more than 3 hours long Friday morning, and even worse on Saturday. I have heard this is typical of large cons (Gencon is the largest I attend) and I just wonder why they can't get it done.

I've attended vendor shows in New York with 10x the attendance of a show like GenCon and never had a problem when I preregistered.

Never been able to figure that one out (or why anyone would preregister at a Gaming or sci fi Con if it is always that bad)


Just asking the obvious here, but wouldn't the entire point of pre-registering be to NOT have to wait as long? WTF?

/I love that some conventions have a "shower rule".
//Some nerds are social outcasts for a reason
 
2012-07-03 08:24:25 AM  
I stopped reading at Harry Knowl....
 
2012-07-03 08:37:26 AM  

born_yesterday: Just asking the obvious here, but wouldn't the entire point of pre-registering be to NOT have to wait as long? WTF?


Thats what I thought, but I was told by many that pre-reg lines have been hours long since GenCon was still in Wisconsin.

I was tweeting about how amazingly long the line was while I was in the relatively short "no registration" line, and I had many replies in the following hours from people who had been in line since well before the event opened, and were still in line when it was half over!

(Granted, they might have been in the 2nd line by then, buying tickets for games or specific events)

BTW... Geeks are social outcasts by classic definition. Nerds are just what society decides they are for that period.
 
2012-07-03 09:45:57 AM  

Shadow Blasko: born_yesterday: Just asking the obvious here, but wouldn't the entire point of pre-registering be to NOT have to wait as long? WTF?

Thats what I thought, but I was told by many that pre-reg lines have been hours long since GenCon was still in Wisconsin.

I was tweeting about how amazingly long the line was while I was in the relatively short "no registration" line, and I had many replies in the following hours from people who had been in line since well before the event opened, and were still in line when it was half over!

(Granted, they might have been in the 2nd line by then, buying tickets for games or specific events)

BTW... Geeks are social outcasts by classic definition. Nerds are just what society decides they are for that period.


OK, I'll amend future statements to reflect this. :)
 
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