5 Winners & 5 Losers from San Diego Comic-Con 2016

This was a weird year at San Diego Comic-Con. Don’t get us wrong – we had an amazing time, but everything definitely felt like it was a transition period, like we were seeing the start of things to come further down the line. For better and for worse, this year saw a lot of changes at the convention. So let’s take a look at five things and companies that got it very right at the convention, and five that didn’t.

5 Winners of San Diego Comic-Con 2016

1. Panels

Outside of Hall H on Friday and Saturday and a handful of exceptions (looking at you, American Gods and Animaniacs), panels were practically almost always a walk-in or easy to get into with just a short wait this year. In a year that featured some amazing panels on everything from TV (Mr. RobotOnce Upon a Time, the CW DC block, Orphan Black, Vikings, Marvel’s Luke Cage), video games (Gears of War 4, Call of Duty, Warcraft), comics (panels from Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, BOOM!, and so much more), and everything in between (Peanuts, the Star Wars toy panels, and more) – this was great news. Thursday and Sunday Hall H were also basically walk-ins as we predicted. Sure, that meant the show floor was a bit of a mess those two days, but for those of us who enjoy sitting and hearing interesting content? San Diego Comic-Con 2016 was a win.

2. Diversity of Offsites & Parties

A few offsites scaled back their presence this year (like the Petco Interactive Zone), but for the most part, there seemed to be offsites and parties popping up left and right, giving attendees and folks around the area plenty to see and do outside of the convention center. Conan and Nerd HQ continue to be the best of the bunch and the hottest tickets in town (and more on those later this week), but Entertainment Weekly’s Con-X and the Comic-Con HQ area were never crowded and an easy spot to watch some cool interviews and grab swag. The Nerdist podcasts are always an amazing time, everyone was pumped about Star Trek, Conival grew into one of the best free spots at the con, and the two Mr. Robot offsites (both the Thursday-only Petco visit and the week-long computer repair shop/VR experience) blew it out of the park. Plus, it felt like there were more parties than ever before this year – several of which attendees could actually make it into! Our own Enchantment Under the SDCC kicked things off Wednesday, and we also enjoyed the free, easy-to-get-into Fandom powered by Wikia party, and the NatGeo Nerd Nite.

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Mr. Robot cast watching VR Experience at Petco

3. Exhibitors

There was a common theme coming from practically every vendor we spoke to on Sunday: This was their best year ever. Attendees were on the show floor in force, buying up exclusives and awesome items at a level they haven’t in a few years. That may be in part because this year, the vendors really brought their A-game. We loved Kotobukiya’s Lady Deadpool Comic-Con statue (with Comic-Con bag!), Toddland’s Bob’s Burgers items (and did you see their booth?!), everything from Funko and Hasbro, BAIT’s unique offerings, and so much more. Plus, the level of talent in both Artist Alley and Small Press was definitely a highlight this year. Our editor’s favorite Patrick Ballesteros had enough of a line that he had line management volunteers working for him, and we geeked out when we realized Mauricio Abril was at Comic-Con for the first time with his adorable pieces.

4. Marvel/Warner Bros.

In a year that for the most part lacked major studio presence, there were two exceptions: Marvel and Warner Bros. Coming out of the convention, almost all of the major outlets are reporting almost exclusively on the news coming out of those two panels, and for attendees, it was worth the very long wait. Marvel certainly had the buzz-ier panel full of announcements like Brie Larson finally confirmed as Captain Marvel, a new trailer for Doctor Strange, the Guardians of the Galaxy/Tower of Terror Disney California Adventure news, and new cast and characters for Spider-Man: Homecoming and Black Panther. But it was no slow day for Warner Bros. either, with highlights like the first Wonder Woman trailer, Justice League footage and a cast appearance, and Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them‘s Eddie Redmayne jumping into the audience to deliver wands to eager attendees. But let’s be honest – there’s not a single person who didn’t walk out of Hall H on Saturday, holding onto their new Marvel Studios hat, still riding the high from the experience. This is why no one who has never been to Comic-Con will understand why we wait hours (and sometimes days) for these moments.

5. Conan

Conan O’Brien was literally everywhere at San Diego Comic-Con. While we loved last year’s appearance as well, this year, it felt like he had blown up at Comic-Con – and in good news for fans, while the show itself was harder to get into, it was easier than ever before to get your hands on the Conan Funko Pop! exclusives. TBS and CCI held a lottery each morning at the Manchester Grand Hyatt, with a wait that gradually increased every day, where hundreds walked away with one of the figures where previously they’d only been available at the show. The TBS booth on the show floor even got in on the fun, giving away a few more hundred every day. But let’s get back to the show – which for many, was easily the highlight of their week. His guests ranged from the full cast of Suicide Squad to the CW/DC’s Grant Gustin, Melissa Benoist, and Stephen Amell, as well as the casts of Game of Thrones and Silicon Valley. There’s not a bad seat in Spreckles, and this continues to be one of the best things to do at Comic-Con. Even better news? Conan confirmed he’ll be back in 2017 to do it all again. Now we just have to hope we can score tickets.

Conan O'Brien SDCC San Diego Comic-Con

5 Losers of San Diego Comic-Con 2016

1. Line Staff/Security/Operations

We need to have a serious discussion about what in the world happened at San Diego Comic-Con this year. It was like processes which have been in place for years were suddenly forgotten and/or abandoned in favor of general mass chaos. Some things, like the long, slow march to make it inside in the morning, can be attributed to RFID slowing things down a bit – but others, like tales of security letting in tent chutes in the wrong order, not throwing up the mesh between the Hall H line and the general line as both were loading so folks could just jump into Hall H without a wristband, confusion over official versus unofficial lines, and the terrible treatment of attendees in general? That’s down to little training, poor communication, and just a general fail on the Operations team. Sure, much of the security is contracted and not part of CCI’s staff – but you have to take accountability for the people you hire for your event, and for training them on your processes. Things seemed to improve in a few regards by Friday (the mesh was at least back, for instance, and RFID seemed faster in the mornings by Saturday) – but there’s no excuse for some of the behavior we saw this year. Hopefully CCI really means that ‘everything we do is for the attendees’ line they like to peddle, and we see real improvements in 2017.

2. Offsite Lines

But you just said the offsites were awesome! Well, they were – but the lines to get into them were often beyond ridiculous this year. We heard reports that Game of Thrones and Suicide Squad at times had a 6+ hour wait attached to them – and nearly every person who waited it out walked away saying it wasn’t worth that. This was the first year we saw large numbers of campers for offsites, including those waiting for Conan stand-by tickets (sure, last year a few folks would show up around 3AM – but this year it was more like 7PM the night before). Some of that may be due to things like Suicide Squad and Mr. Robot having low capacities, making it harder to get through large numbers of folks in a few hours – but we have a bad feeling that this is the start of a new trend, and we’re not in love with it. You’ve got limited time at San Diego Comic-Con – very few offsites are worth those kinds of waits.

3. Weather

Though there was nothing to be done about this one, this was one of – if not the hottest – Comic-Con’s in recent memory. The humidity Wednesday-Friday in particular was simply brutal, and it made even stepping outside unpleasant. For the often very long lines outside, it made those even more draining – especially as the Hall H NDL line stretched out across hot pavement and asphalt. We would like to give a shout out to Funko and Syfy for at least giving attendees water as they waited. It wasn’t until Saturday that we even really got a breeze, which meant the week felt extra long.

4. Wi-Fi

Well, so much for that. The free Cox Wi-Fi in the Gaslamp barely sputtered along all week, with few reporting it working at all. MTV also didn’t sponsor the free Wi-Fi at the convention center itself this year and CCI apparently decided not to shell out for it, which meant while there was some free AT&T Wi-Fi the first few days, we don’t think that was ever meant to be available for 130,000+ attendees – and they turned it off later in the week. Look, CCI, we know you’re on a budget – but maybe next year spend a little extra to get us Wi-Fi? Maybe? Please?

5. Movies

We feel like we say this every year now, but this was the weakest year ever for movies at San Diego Comic-Con. Marvel and Warner Bros. brought it, but virtually no other studio had a major presence at the convention. FOX skipped Hall H and split its exhibit floor presence with the TV side, meaning the movie side was mostly represented… by some Ryan Reynolds signed Deadpool DVDs (which was its own disaster). Lionsgate held a few movie screenings, but it was like pulling teeth from them trying to find out how they were giving away tickets, and they never did announce their signings schedule. Sausage Party and Star Trek made some waves with their screenings, and maybe that’s the future of movies at Comic-Con – but it just felt weak. Luckily, TV, comics, and everything else was there to pick up the slack.

 

What did you love about San Diego Comic-Con 2016? Let us know in the comments.

About Kerry Dixon

Kerry Dixon is Editor-in-Chief of The San Diego Comic-Con Unofficial Blog and the site’s resident panel guru.

  • Flinkman

    Women Who Kick Ass has been a highlight for me in year’s past but this year was…weird. The moderator was clearly unprepared, the guests had no chemistry with each other, and especially Melissa Benoist was like a deer in headlights up there. If it wasn’t for Connie Nielsen and Ming Na Wen taking over the panel about halfway through it would’ve been a trainwreck.

  • Ok I didn’t attend this year (and I’m shocked to hear that security was so bad with line merges and mis-information) but hearing about the security also brought back my own personal beef with them from last year. In general, the staff was undertrained, uneducated as to the programs or locations of things and downright rude many times. They treated everyone like cattle. I’ve been to other comic cons (including NYC) — and mind you, i know they’re not of the size of SDCC — but I never encountered the mess or rude behavior that I encountered from the SDCC staff anywhere else.

  • Alfred Mak

    I think everyone here is giving them too much credit… Please realize they are not being paid a lot to to their job.. Thats what I also tell me self when dealing with Bank Tellers..=)

  • Alfred Mak

    At minimum wage..its hard to get motivated.. some were volunteers….free labor.

  • Chris Karch

    I’m from Arizona, and you want to complain about the heat in San Diego? really?!? REALLY?!? It was 30 degrees cooler in San Diego than Phoenix. I mean, it was NICE!!!

  • I’m looking at ebay… and there are a shit ton of Deadpool blu rays for sale. I was in line trying to get a copy almost every day I was there, and it sold out before it could get to me. Ugh these people!!!

  • Tara Van Atta

    Ditto this. I was there on Thursday and they had us waiting outside on the pool deck before moving us up to the roof. They did provide water, but totally not worth it.

  • Marissa Messiano

    I don’t mean for this to sound like a complaint — but just adding to the thoughts about security and miscommunication — I work press and am sometimes in that video line of people along the left side wall of Hall H. Every day was a different set of rules. Every few minutes someone new would walk down the line and tell us where to stand, where not to stand, make people with large equipment and laptops move back and forth to the same two places over and over again in the middle of panels. During Warner Bros on Saturday, 5 different security guards told us contradicting guidelines and made the CNN reporter next to me move multiple times, until finally someone in a CCI polo shirt came over and apologized for security not knowing what was going on. They had made a corral with blockades but then wouldn’t let us stand in the area they made for us??? It was very strange and some of the attendees sitting in wheelchairs and others on the far left side of the audience were laughing with us a bit about the ridiculousness.

  • Delirium .

    They ushered us straight up to an un-air conditioned room with insufficient seating after checking in. The pool deck might have been an improvement, I think they made you guys suffer through a series of helicopter shots that we avoided.

  • Amanda

    Exactly my same thought. They obviously didn’t use the RFID for anything other than data tracking this year. I never saw a single person stopped to check their ID versus their badge. Why not put the RFID to use?

  • Kylora

    It wasn’t the heat, it was the humidity. Californians can’t take it. 😀

  • Esther Massimini

    I thought the floor security was so awful, I don’t think I’ll ever go in there again! At one point we were walking the already crowded floor, when suddenly there was a feeling of being crushed and nothing moving. Turned out we were in front of TWD booth and TWD cast was coming out to sign. “Security” yelled at us to move and we couldn’t, I asked if we were supposed to trample people. Back in 2013 I fell and broke my shoulder at the entrance to the corridor to the 6BCD rooms because the stands they were using to post schedule had “feet” protruding and you could not see them in the crowd

  • Kylora

    This year was a nightmare. I’m ADA in a wheelchair and they changed some of their rules. If you did not have a 4 day badge, you had to get a helper badge for every day. This would not have been a problem had it not been for the fact that they lined us outside in the sun for the better part of an hour every time. Then they made us stand in line again to go inside the con because apparently we couldnt be trusted to get into one of the many lines at the doors. They wouldn’t even let me go inside to get a drink of water when I needed it.

    then once we got inside, someone else tried to tell us that we were required to go up the elevator and join the main line. Which is not only stupid, but it was dangerous. We had to fight with the person for almost several minutes before they finally got an ADA staff member to tell them that we were right.

    volunteers weren’t all that nice either. I went to get into hall H for Pokemon go and got there early,in case we couldnt get in. It wasnt a big deal. I liked supernatural and was happy to see that panel as well. But the staff member couldn’t understand me getting there early, and then had the gall to ask me how it was possible for me to even play the game, putting me on the spot and making it feel like she didn’t even believe that I needed the ADA sticker. I shouldnt have to feel like I need to explain myself.

  • Esther Massimini

    This year I attended the first Silicon Valley Comic Con and they sold VIP tickets, limited #, which guaranteed entrance before the regular line among other perks. #SDCC needs to consider something similar–a lottery to upgrade. That would reduce or even eliminate the people who now camp out all day to see a certain panel and aren’t interested in what’s happening while they wait.

  • zonkttc

    I had no problem with the ATT wi-fi all weekend, when I would be in a line for something in the convention center it worked for me.

  • zonkttc

    can’t really take someone’s badge for line cutting lol!!

  • eliter1

    Line security has always been an issue but I feel that because there are a lot more, a lot longer lines now people notice it a lot more. I think one of the biggest issues with lines is caused by people holding places or allowing their friends to cut in front. I get in line for the everything else line a lot and there is always one or two people that sleep in line and in the morning 3,4,5+ people come and join in. CCI needs to start enforcing lines a lot more and only allow those that camp to go in first. I know it sucks for those that would like to get sleep at home but it’s the only way to stop so many line cutters and it’s not fair for those that stay in line over night. I got in the everything else line on Friday night and it looked like a pretty good spot under the tents. In the morning, when everyone started to arrive and cut in front, I ended up being hundreds of spots farther than I had originally been and I missed my top choice of autograph by about 20 people. Line security has a huge responsibility to make sure this is enforced but attendees should also try to keep in mind other attendees when they let people join them in line and if they do, just make it one or two people. Keep in mind that if everyone lets only one person join them in line, the line doubles.

    The Conan POP line was very well organized. The staff was very helpful and friendly and did a very good job of doing their best to prevent line cutters and kept the line moving quickly once the drawing began.

    I have no issue with there not being free WiFi. In the talk back panel they said it cost an additional $40,000 to have WiFi than previous years… That’s a lot. I have plenty of data so it didn’t affect me the same way it did others and I rarely used the free WiFi since it was always VERY slow.

  • Gabriel

    This year, as well as last, CCI came out with a rule that stated if one person was waiting in line, they could save a place for up to 5 people. Which meant if you were 6th in line at the beginning, you could very well be 30th by the time they let you in. However, people didn’t follow that rule and instead had those 5 people invite 5 more people. So do the math because I’m not going to, but now you’re waaayyy back.
    I think they can enforce this rule by giving each initial party member 6 tickets. One for that person and 5 for the people he’s holding the place for. Then when it’s time to get your wristband, give up the ticket. Or even hold it for the next day to actually enter the hall or room you’re trying to get in to.

  • Randy

    Lego has perfected the lottery, which Funko just adopted this year; I don’t see why Hall H couldn’t implement a similar lottery. The night before, have people line up to tap on an iPad; red = no, green = yes. To prevent scalping, a low-tech solution would be to adhere a sticker directly onto a person’s badge, though with RFIDs, a more elegant solution would be to scan that person’s badge and place them into an admission database (though they should probably do both). And if people initially get rejected, allow people to re-enter the line until the allocation is exhausted.

  • Matt

    It was a thousand times worse this year. One of them yelled at me to move, in a sitting area, and I told her I wanted to talk to a supervisor. Just let me be and didn’t try yelling at people for no reason.

  • Specialist

    A win was that those blighted religious rabble-rousers were NOT festooning their negative yellow signs everywhere or blasting their megaphones outside of the convention center like last year! If it is indeed the convention center who has taken action, I thank them. I hope they keep it up for next year.

  • David Johnson

    I know You Put @Marvel on the Winner’s List but all the Interactions I had with the Booth Staff was Horrible. I went in on Thursday Morning to get into line for the #AoS Cast Signing Lottery & was told not to get in line because all the spots were gone. Lottery opened at 9:30 this was at 9:36 & the lines were HUGE Already (Exhibitors????). Then a Friend of Mine was going to do a Live Comic Reading on Friday, all the staff ( 2 booth staffers & 1 of their Bosses) kept telling Me it was a Podcast being done on their tower. Sort of Luckily I hung around & My Friend & 3 other People came on stage & did a Live Comic Read to bad #Marvel didn’t turn the volume on so only people with lip reading abilities enjoyed it! Othere than #Marvel & the #GaslampMarriott it was another Great #SDCC, guess the letter M was not good for Me at #SDCC16!! 😉

  • Cherry Ramikin

    Wonder why the security was so bad? This is the Craigslist ad they used to hire the security people – what a joke! https://sandiego.craigslist.org/csd/sec/5683505262.html

  • Travis Moody

    Giving credit to CCI bc of all of the bailouts (hey at least Marvel was there, and awesome!), now it’s time to fill Hall H with the BEST panels..regardless of genre. Throw in Ricky & Morty, Mr. Robot, etc.. maybe even Arrow/Flash on Sat.. this will prevent the “mass exodus” that happens every time WB is done and Marvel is finished…

    Just a thought.

  • Investigatin Detective

    Arrow Flash used to be on Saturday in Hall H. Mass exodus still happened.

  • Investigatin Detective

    The 9:30 issue happens a lot but it’s also because they open different doors at different times. Sails opens at 9. More than enough time to flood Marvel.

  • Investigatin Detective

    Came in from TX where it was over 100. SD may as well have been winter.

  • David Johnson

    This was on the Exhibit Hall Floor at Marvels Booth no attendee’s get in there till 9:30. The lines for WD/DC, FOXTV, & all the toy giveaways are in the back of the Sails & the lines start at the bottom of the stairs & open at 9. The Marvel Staff had no idea what was happening at their booth. A Friend of mine was doing a Live reading on the Booth Stage yet 4 different staff members told Me No it was Private being done on their tower. It Wasn’t!

  • Investigatin Detective

    I get what you’re saying but I was pointing out that there’s a line for the exhibit hall in the sails. That line was let into the exhibit hall roughly 5 min after 9. I know they’re not supposed to let in until 9:30 but they definitely were on their way right after 9. Doesn’t solve Marvel’s problem but it might explain how everything had a line by 9:30

  • David Johnson

    Every notice Marvel put out said they wouldn’t be using the Sails Pav at all. But as uninformed & untrained as all the rest of their Con Booth Staff was who knows if that was right.

  • Investigatin Detective

    They didn’t use the Sails. I’m saying that from the sails a few hundred people walked into the exhibit hall at 9. If any of those people wanted the AoS line it would be easy to get to before the posted 9:30 time. My guess is that the exhibit hall opened early (which is common) and Marvel allowed them to line up prior to the posted time. Their booth was mostly chaos for the weekend. Sorry you missed out.

  • nanc99

    I have been able to attend about 10 San Diego comic cons.This year had many good points. Enjoyable Ballroom 20 and the Indigo ballroom were just a couple.
    However there are a few things starting with the hotel reservation mess. My thought is that the hotel lottery should be split into badge holders and non badge holders.
    Next, the “everything but hall h” line each day was huge this year. I attribute this to the lack of a registration line.
    However, since there is a much smaller registration line it might help the greatly expanded “everything but hall h”line by splitting the exhibit hall line into another area.
    Hall h is another point of contention.
    I wonder if there would be a way to not have people line up for wristbands until 2 hours before. I understood that the wristbands were to help cut down on lines. Instead they have increased them

    Another small point is lack of signage outside the Indigo ballroom.At 3 in the morning there was no one to say where to line up.(that is until I wandered across the restricted line) and then someone came out to say I could not be there. Of course they didn’t know where I should go.

    My last concern is Security and volunteers.
    In the past there has been a sense of wanting to help the attendees from both security and the volunteers.
    This year the volunteers seemed confused and it seemed as if the security just didn’t care.
    In the past we have always found a few volunteers in blue that you could ask questions and even if they didn’t know the answer they would get on their headset and find out. This year they just said they didn’t know and that was that.
    The security was brusk,slightly rude and no help. I was stuck in one line out side that had multiple security telling us to “keep moving” when they had not bothered to see that there was no where to go. In side I was told I could not stand outside the dealers room but they could not help with directions.
    One security personnel sat on a bench and continued to mumble that she wanted to go home for the last hour of her shift.
    During one particularly vigorous line movement multiple people cut in line. No less than 3 “in charge” people were told about this. They did nothing.
    Lastly Sunday morning trying to get to the exhibit hall we were herded around the 2nd floor of the convention center. Then we were packed down the escalator with no thought of safety.
    The biggest concern I have is that some of these are a trend

  • David Johnson

    & the lottery was completed in 7 minutes? I walked up asking where to line up at 9:37 & was told it was Over!

  • David Johnson

    Screw Marvel!

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  • raybdc97

    See below….
    If you treat security badly…can you really expect them to be top notch?

  • Annabella G

    Texan here and I welcomed the heat in San Diego. It was nice and I long for that heat even now as temps are soaring over 100 and the humidity, dew point and UV Index all creep up and are extremely high.

  • G Peters

    The biggest problem to me this year was the lines on the exhibit hall floor. Every year it seems like booths are surprised that they have more than three people come up and ask for their exclusive whatever. The Peanuts booth was giving away free buttons and with 150,000 people in attendance, they were surprised a line formed an hour before the giveaway. Three minutes before they were scheduled to give away a free button, security took an orderly line and told everyone to break it up… which just caused everyone to move forward toward the booth en masse as a mob instead of an orderly line.

    Same was true, though not nearly as bad, with the Hermes Press line for Jim Davis. The creator of Garfield attended his first comic con ever and people seemed surprised more than ten people wanted his autograph.

    As for Hall H, can’t they do an online lottery that’s tied to your RFID badge? The schedule goes up a week before comic con, you sign up for the panels you want to attend, and the morning of, you get an email saying whether you got in or not. Entertainment Earth does this and it works out so well.

    Dark Horse used to have a ticket drawing where you could come up the day before and get a ticket, then the day of the drawing, they would have a dry erase board with fifty randomly drawn numbers. You check the board, and if you were picked, you got a wristband. There was never a need for a line, or waiting of any sort. Worked out so well.

    …but of course they scraped it for a first come/first served model.

    My friend and I were worried about how the RFID badge would affect getting in on Preview night, but for us, it was by FAR the best experience getting into the con in years. We went in any door, went upstairs to get our bags, then were allowed to go downstairs and sit on the floor of the lobby to wait for the exhibit hall to open. The process was so smooth, we had an hour to kill in the lobby just waiting.

    …but of course they changed that system by Thursday. On Thursday, everyone had to wait upstairs in a giant mob before being let downstairs into the exhibit hall. As someone who rarely cares about getting in first, let those who do care line up in Sails and let them get in first each day. But let the rest of us enter any door into the lobby and wait outside of any door to the exhibit hall.

    Truth is, I went to the Billy Joel concert in Petco in May and the lines to get in there were just as messy and terrible as Comic Con. Maybe there’s just something about the city that can’t handle more than three people waiting for something?

  • Akiba4tN8

    Well I definitely agree about the rudeness of some of the security, staff, exhibitors, etc. But this time, at least for me, I got shade from a pair of Con volunteers. Yes, VOLUNTEERS. These two jerks (a male and a female) were “guarding” the Indigo Ballroom for the Archer panel. I’ve been attending SDCC for 30 years and this is the first time that volunteers decided to become part of the ass-hat crew. I hadn’t attended a panel at the Hilton in quite awhile but a handful of years back you used to be able to stroll into the Indigo no matter what panel was showing… So I go up there and they stop me and I ask where the Archer line is. The male douche tells me, and as I head in that direction they make an asinine comment (thinking I was out of earshot) that I was trying to line-jump. It took all of my strength for me not to go back up the escalator and cuss them out. I wish now that I at least got their names so that I could report their rude asses. Worst part was, they didn’t even take their job seriously, I could’ve sworn they were Pokemon Go-ing at the time… But I can say that on the bright side, the vast majority of attendees at Con are very cordial and respectful, I love meeting fellow fans and conversing w/ them while waiting in line. But yeah, CCI… PLEASE train your employees and volunteers accordingly, both in logistics and hospitality. Con can be stressful enough w/out having to deal with those problems.

  • Christopher Cassidy

    Major, major, major agreement with this post.

    Who gives a shit about panels and Hall H and crappy Hasbro or Funko “exclusives?”

    I’m there for the Golden and Silver Age pavilions, and I have $$$ to spend.

    But every year it gets harder and harder to justify going to SDCC because all the stupid SHIT gets the emphasis, while the dealers of vintage collectibles get a smaller and smaller piece of the floor real estate.

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