SDCC, Is It Still A Comic Convention?

Well, it’s officially a week since San Diego Comic Con and as usual is was all kinds of crazy awesome. We found out so much about upcoming movies like Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, Avengers: Age Of Ultron. We got a ton of information about all our favorite series, like Arrow Season 3, Game Of Thrones and many, many more and we were shown thousands of photo’s of cosplayers in varying levels of scantily clad outfits. Do you know what we got in a worryingly low degree of though? Interested news about comic books. This made me realise something, is SDCC still technically a comic convention?

sdcc-cosplay-2014-tony-kimI know what you’re all thinking, SDCC is the comic convention event of the year. I don’t think so, I also don’t think it has been about comics for a couple years. I was at SDCC back in 2010 and it was the absolute time of my life. I got to meet a lot of cool people, I got to go to a lot of great panels but I didn’t even realise there was a comic book section until day three. There was so much going on, between promotions for games, various interviews with celebrities and tons of cosplaying. I’m not saying its a bad thing, SDCC has clearly evolved with the times and with the growing marketplace brought on by the mainstream success of comic book movies. The main problem with SDCC is that it’s trying to cater to every possible demographic. The best example of this happened when I was at SDCC back in 2010 and one of the hotly anticipated panels was Glee with the entire cast in attendance. No offence to the cast of Glee, they’re a cute bunch but what does Glee have to do with SDCC? Comics now only hold up maybe one tenth of the floor, slowly replaced by gaming booths, t-shirt forts and various props from upcoming movies.

I enjoyed my time at SDCC but as the years have gone on it’s become more about the spectacle than the comic book industry where SDCC can trace its routes back to.This isn’t bad but people who want the fun experience of getting to con and chilling with some like minded people will be disappointed when you realise that sixty per cent of your time will be in lines. If I had to recommend cons that are more centred on comics I would recommend D.I.C.E, a convention held in Ireland every year. You’ll never find a more intimate and fun convention that focuses on comic book. There’s also Dragon Con in Atlanta, which hasn’t fallen into the same pitfalls that SDCC has. At the end of the day SDCC is a great event but I think it’s time to drop the comic part. What do you guys think, do you agree? Has SDCC lost its way, are there better smaller cons out there?

Check out this cool SDCC cosplay music video from our friends at Sneaky Zebra:

What do you think, is SDCC still worthy of being called a comic convention?

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Graham Day

Graham Day

I am a geek first and foremost. I love animation, film and comics. I live in Dublin, Ireland and love it. I have met so many amazing people over the years, Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Mark Millar and Scott Snyder to name but a few. I love to sketch, write and talk about geek news. I went to college for five years, three years animation and two years communication and media. All opinions are my own so I hope they're witty and original, I'm fairly certain they're not.