Just kidding. I will not be attending San Diego Comic Con this year.
I mean, it doesn’t help matters that I live in Washington D.C. and am literally on the other side of the country. Or that tickets are damn near impossible to get. Last year, when I happened to be actually living in San Diego, I sat on my computer for nearly three hours while my husband and a friend did the same with all of our registration names, trying to get tickets. We watched as Saturday sold out, then Friday, then preview night, until finally only Sunday remained. Amazingly, I was able to make it in to the purchase room when Sunday was still available! But before I could even click anything, I was immediately redirected to a new page telling me that they were sold out. Talk about disappointment. Leonard, you are my spirit animal here.
Flash forward to this year. When tickets went on sale, I wasn’t in San Diego, or even on the other side of the country. I was on the other side on the WORLD! And with a shitty internet connection to boot. Considering that the only way you have a prayer of getting tickets is if you had a badge the previous year, I knew I hardly stood the smallest of chances even if I had been able to get a badge last year.
And there are a ton of really, truly, great conventions available to attend all around the country and at all times of the year. There’s AwesomeCon in D.C. and Emerald City Con in Seattle and Comicpalooza in Housten and New York Comic Con! The one in San Diego is simply the most well known. Because of this, SDCC is able to get a lot of exclusive content and first sneak peaks at a lot of things. And with it’s proximity to Hollywood, they do get a lot of guest stars and panelists that are able to attend. I suppose this does make it desirable to attend.
But can it really be considered Nerd Mecca anymore? It’s prohibitively exclusive, largely due to the fact that it has simply outgrown its space. Even Nerd HQ in the Petco Park is full to bursting, and just trying to get around anywhere the San Diego Convention Center is a nightmare. (I know, I tried. Although, Crazy Fish was weirdly empty. I think because the outside was covered in an advertisement, a lot of people didn’t realize it was a restaurant, maybe? If you’re there, check it out. Great fish tacos!)
Am I saying that I wouldn’t go to San Diego if I could somehow, miraculously get badges? Heck no! I’d be there in a heartbeat! What I am saying is that I am not going to let the fact that my local conventions aren’t SDCC dampen my enjoyment of them. And to anyone in the VA or MD area who may be attending Shore Leave in August, please wave if you see me! I’ll probably be in line to meet John Barrowman.