One item has seen a dramatic increase in presence at San Diego Comic Con, and is certainly a common thread spreading to cons all over the world too – enamel pins are coming back in a big way and are proving hugely popular.
This year, it’s a lot more common to see people walking around with their SDCC pass lanyards covered in shiny, metallic shaped enamel pins, depicting characters, items and logos from some of their favourite projects.
So popular is it this year, that SDCC even made their own logo pin for attendees, and also included DC character pins with their bags.
And it’s not just the big vendors booths suddenly finding themselves stocking a plethora of enamel pin designs (such as Image that have a ton of designs celerbrating books like Saga and Monstress). Many indie creators and artists with their own tables are stocking up on pins for their fans too, such as artist Jen Bartel.
Perhaps it’s the collector mentality harking back to the popularity of the badges in the 1990s. After all, the 90s do seem to be making something of a resurgence in the medium too. Perhaps it’s just because accessibility to the means of creating these kind of pins has greatly increased, with more venues offering quality pieces and usually at pretty reasonable prices too.
And I have to say, I’m hooked in too. Not only have I found myself buying a load of the things, and still keeping my eyes out for more, but also I have made a couple myself for my own comics.
And another thing I find nice about them: my mother quite likes these pins, even when she hasn’t got a particular love for comics or may have no idea about the source project they come from. No matter that, she still likes them too, which means I get an extra common element of collection fandom to share with her. Maybe that’s what many are finding the allure to the trend too.