Chris Thompson writes;
San Diego is a hive of activity as it prepares itself once again for the oncoming storm that is Comic-Con International. Now in its 44th year, CCI or SDCC (depending on your preferred acronym) is a juggernaut that brings together the world of comics and Hollywood for four short days each July.
The city is being gripped by Comic-Con fever once again as signage goes up around town (Marvel’s films seem quite prominent this year), new structures are erected, the hotels themselves are being transformed into giant promos, and Syfy have turned Mary Jane’s into Cafe Defiance. Tickets are so hotly sought after that downtown restaurants and radio stations are offering competitions to win the long sold-out tickets.
While some fans bemoan the lack of comics at the ubiquitous event, in reality Comic-Con is a melting pot that brings everything together. Sure the bravado and bluster of Hollywood may overwhelm and drown out the sound of comics, but they’re still here – from the small press creators and publishers to Artists Alley and Special Guests to the major publishers and studios.
For me as a fan, I love the way everything comes together. As a self-confessed geek I love the games, the films and the merchandise almost as much as the comics themselves. Comics will always be my first love, but the fact I can bring people along with me and see them experience the same joy I do through everything can’t be beat.