I had the opportunity last week to attend Salt Lake City Comic Con. This was my first Con, and it was everything I expected… let me run you through a typical hour at the Con:
3:00 – You remember Stan Lee is speaking in the South Ballroom on the other side of the convention center.
3:05 – You make it past the lines of people seeking autographs from Cary Elwes and Bruce Campbell.
3:10 – At about 3 miles per hour, you make your way through the sales booths and pause to buy a book from Jill Williamson.
3:15 – Finally in the hallway, you pause to get a picture with gorgeous Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy cosplay characters.
3:20 – You discover you’ve gone to the North Ballroom where Danny Glover is speaking.
3:25 – You get stuck waiting for a group of girls to get a pic with an overweight man in Thor cosplay.
3:30 – You find the South Ballroom is completely full and there is still a line 8 miles long of people wanting to get in.
3:35 – You reach the end of the line to get in.
3:40 – You decide that waiting in line is hopeless and opt to go to the Secrets of the Haunted Mansion seminar.
3:45 – On your way to another building for the seminar, you pause to buy some Coldstone ice cream.
3:50 – You reach the room where your seminar is just as it’s letting out, so you head back.
3:55 – Someone asks if they can have a picture with you in your Doctor Who cosplay.
4:00 – You meet a guy in Spider-Man cosplay coming out of the Stan Lee seminar. He tells you he arrived at 2:00 and sat through Barbara Eden to make sure he had a seat.
Really, the Con was a blast! Amazing and not-so-amazing cosplay, fascinating seminars for a variety of interests, and sales booths for a wide range of fans.
But ironically, not that many comic books!
If not for comics, why would YOU go to Comic Con?