Every year, San Diego Comic-Con brings together fans and comic enthusiast from all over the world to celebrate the movies, TV shows comics, video games, art, and more that they love. This year’s conventions ran from July 18th-22nd in San Diego, with Wednesday being preview night. There is enough to see and do with or without a badge. For me, I took in everything San Diego including the Gaslamp District.
Everyone tends to come for the panels and guest at the infamous Hall H that will give the fans first look at the new trailers and the ultimate fan experience. Hall H is a 65,000 square foot centerpiece that now draws 130,000 excited sci-fi, fantasy, comic book, television, and film fans each year. In Hall H, you will see the very extent of pop culture. Below are the biggest trailers from Hall H:
There is so much that happens at Comic-Con that it is impossible to catch everything. On top of being trailer reveals, there were tons of exclusives. Funko Pop was probably the most popular booth in the exhibit hall where people were after the metallic Whiz Funko Pop. Me, on the other hand, all I wanted for months was the Black Lady Funko Pop (which was also available at Hot Topic). Other popular booths included Tokidoki, Nickelodeon (featuring the original Double Dare wheel), Viz Media, Syfi, Lego (featuring an enormous Thanos out of legos), Artist Alley, and many more. FYE also had their pop up shop at Horton Plaza near the Gaslamp. This is where I acquired the SDCC Harley Quinn exclusive in purple/green. I also met the jewelry designer for RockLove, Allison Cimino who worked with Marvel and the movie Black Panther to release limited edition Black Panther jewelry.
The entertainment hall is probably the second biggest attraction next to Hall H. You need a day at least to explore the entire hall. I visited my graduate alma mater, Academy of Art. What I was looking forward to is meeting Jerry “the King” Lawler and Lita at the 3 Boys Productions/Headlocked Comics.
Cosplay has always been a big thing for me. I did expect more cosplayers. On Saturday, I cosplayed as Harley Quinn. Not only did people loved my cosplayed, they appreciated it. I have been to a lot of conventions and most people like my cosplay but to feel appreciated is something I never expected. The children loved it so much that it made them extremely happy.
San Diego Comic-Con was as great as I figured it would be. Even if you couldn’t get a pass to get inside the convention center, there is plenty to do around the convention center and the Gaslamp area to enjoy.