Comic-con 2015 can it be degrading?...crowds and people suck...yessss the convention this year has tested my nerves, my will, and my hope for a better tomorrow. This is why I enjoy smaller expos. An area that supports around 30,000 pushes the limits of safety with 150,00+ homo sapiens. The feeling is subjective however, frustration is related to not only fans but also the people in the working industry and even the local San Diego community! I cannot say that it was a GREAT trip and pessimism is definitely at the tip of my tongue but shit fucking nerd-fuck out of Megatron's Decepticon ass was this con overcrowded!!!!
Granted I have been coming to this convention for the past 10 years and never have I been so bitter and walked away so disappointed, as I have this year. I packed my shit and threw in the towel Saturday afternoon and headed back to Los Angeles. Look, I did experience SOME measure of gratitude and satisfactory take-away. For example, meeting the savior of DC Comic's Chief Creative Officer Geoff John's. Just by listening to this man speak and his progress within the industry made me smile, that a person as humble as Geoff Johns is spearheading a better direction for writing not only comics but also shows like Arrow and The Flash. The most inspiring aspect of Geoff is his desire to work and learn with others often analyzing things that did work with marginal success but with greater failure. Geoff measured his success in this way. Small steps with greater mistakes but nonetheless progress. Most people need to understand that Geoff Johns brought comic characters back to life and drew upon his own personal life of loss, describing his own sister whom passed away, in the likeliness of Stargirl from Justice League of America. He took third-rated heroes and comic lines and wrote magnificent stories revitalizing characters like Stargirl, Booster Gold, Teen Titans, The Flash , and Hal Jordan. Geoff is enlightening. He continues to want to write about underdog characters bringing those characters back to life with his style of writing. Sadly, nobody will know how true Geoff Johns is unless they truly pick up a comic and read it with an open imagination rather than drawing their understanding of characters through adapted comic book films.
Nevertheless, the small hint of Blue Lantern Hope diminished once I exited that panel as I, a Press-badge holder, was quickly herded away by the coordinating Comic-con staff right back into the sea of human bodies, spoiled children badgering their parents for food, and people just trying to MOVE in a direction...sometimes no direction all! Let's stand in the middle of the river of bodies and look-up at the WB signings and premiere of Supergirl...shit!!!...sigh...not to be a Debbie downer, o-k...I am being a hater right now... I am grateful that the convention's level of attention has increased, however, it is the type of attention that Con has drawn over the years.
For example, the toy and collectible fancrave has become a scalping ground for eBay fucks and Craigslist trolls buying the Comic-con exclusives, taking up line space, and bumping off a guy like me that just wants ONE White Ranger Saba Black-edition sword!!! FUUUUCK!@! this is what I am getting at, it is the TYPE of people(s) being drawn to Comic-con. Possibly the most annoying groups to be attracted is the evangelical haters that ironically preach about hatred through "enlightenment" and "sins" very well warn you that comics are the devil...o-ok fuckheads! Let me preach to you about a GOD, his name is Superman and his character does not preach and impose on others his view of what YOU should not be doing.
Anyways, 2009 to 2011 were A W E S O M E ...It was for me fulfilling with a different blend of everything and anything and actually have the space and time to view displays without being claustrophobic...as it is today. The feelings are subjective. If this was your first San Diego Comic-con its like sex for the first time! Granted, SOME homo sapiens enjoy the crowd and feed off the energy. The feeling of the Con now is subjective. However for professionals, or self-prescribed professionals, we are wrestling with the notion of either writing a few positives about the Con, or focusing how long the lines to just take a PISS.
Look, all the highlights and premieres at Comic-con can be viewed at the comfort of your home. It all boils down to what you intend to DO at the Con and this is trouble in the making. The entire Con was established to preview Indie movies (Star Wars in 1976), independent art, comic books, collectibles and the nostalgia of meeting your past sci-fi/fantasy actors that are unemployed making that quick $20 on a useless hand shake and photo. Comic-con today incorporates juggernaut productions companies, like Disney, that smash and push-out independent film makers and nostalgia actors like Richard Hatch, or Star Trek the Next Generation cast, into submission. Look, people want to see Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, cast from Game of Thrones, and so-forth...however, these production companies from Hollywood eclipses the creativity of independent film makers and artist.
Like all things, shit gets way out of hand. Comic-con is also a breeding ground for would-be entertainers attempting to break into the business of geekdom. For example this bitch...Amelia Talon the "Playmate of July 2012 World of Warcraft For the Horde" yah...OOoo-k.. 4 years putting on some weight and photo-edited like a mother fucker...hey look, I CAN DO IT TOO ON PHOTOSHOP!!!. She barely knows anything about gaming, pretends to play the controller, has no idea about character lore, has bros playing in the background for her, and she claims to be The GamerNextDoor? Not buying it. By the way, her WoW toon is in BOE gear with blues/greens. Sadly, the nerd community donates $$$ and flocks to these so-called gamer-girls like the fucking plague. Some even volunteer to play their account so girls like this can sit and look pretty on Twitch and YouTube! Stop it bros! We like to see more women in gaming but not like this. I respect and worship Felicia Day. A true geek and entrepreneur. Nevertheless women like Felicia Day are indeed RARE...mainstream entertainment kicked aspiring actresses to side-jobs picking up pennies on the floor dropped by major corporations like pigeons eating bread crumbs and peanut scraps. It shows Comic-con spurred on a movement of beautiful girls claiming to be in the industry of gaming and geekdom but yet...this Amelia Talon revealed on her panel on Thursday that this was her first Comic-con! I do not see the connection for a girl claiming to be a gamer and geek but has no problem in taking other people's money and donations. Not saying this girl does but there are those in the Twitch community who revel in such fraud. Ask yourself this, what defines a gamer? Does someone who picks up a controller plays for 15-20 minutes a gamer? Or create a character on an MMO and does not log-in for months but someone else levels for them, can this be a gamer? A true geek and gamer must know lore and character backgrounds. Do your homework to somewhat look and sound like you can identify/relate in a group discussion setting especially when you are a host of a panel!!! At the panel on Thursday she sat there and blanked out several times when asked a geek-question from the lead host...sad...sigh...whatever...
The night life continues into the streets of San Diego. It can be a hazardous atmosphere because anyone with a weapon can take out hundreds of people...scary...Nevertheless, SDPD is in full tax-payer force. Literally Gaslamp District benefits from the droves of families trying to park and eat however, the locals being "Bros-n-Hoes" mash and mingle at some point but you definitely do not want to have your 7 year-old boy looking up the mini skirt of a gal heading out to get her fuck-on with some Navy Bro. I for one, see the illusion and deception from the businesses in and around the Gaslamp District. They pretend to be geeks and advertise nerd-affiliated by preying on the people of the Con. It is sad. It is capitalism. However, it can get out of hand as the mixture of night locals blend with the the cosplayers and unique personalities that come from Comic-con. This can be a soup for disaster as different personalities will mash. So far, so good there has not been an incident. It is not so much a negative thing, again subjective to the individuals but forewarning for those newcomers and international people that these Bros-n-Hoes, may not want people like us there for long. Some Bros-n-Hoes welcome the onslaught of diversity but the majority, you can see it on their face yet, they have no problem taking your money. Just shop around and you will find your spot and a place to eat. For example, we bar-hopped from Bro n Ho to a nice kick-back environments that had live bands! We found a 80s rock cover band!!
So in the end, it was a decent Comic-con. There were a few moments of walking on thin ice and primordial urges to sock some people in the face. After 10 years of venturing to SDCC this one stood out as the least satisfying, subjectively speaking, only because people create a soup for disaster. As a professional I could not work and enjoy the content that I was dispatched to report on. I will see about next year...
by Ryan Quon
edited by Brent Bullard