This 49th Annual San Diego Comic Con for the 2018 year ended a week ago, but the memories will last.
Those among us, being the 135,000 in attendance and at least double that for the outside events, would find plenty to muse over the endless ridiculousness of corporate promotions, self-promoting indie projects, gatherings of fandoms and geekery of all mediums and platforms. The San Diego city location remains a perfect place for such things, with its spacious convention center, Gaslamp district, surrounding hotels, and gorgeous waterfronts for its annual mecca of devoted attendees.
My time spent of my 24th year in attendance was the best I had for delving into the overall creative, fandom drenched, collectible hunting, and so much more. But it was also the busiest for me, with more networking, panel attending, interviews, and greeting of friends old and new. Little time was left for resting, organizing, ruminations.
Meanwhile, I did take many pictures and notes within, for which I will share now. The following is my series of results, starting with the grand Exhibit Hall of the SDCC…
The Exhibit Hall area is 460,000 square feet, and your feet will hate you if you explore every inch of it.
The Image Booth gives a beastly view this year, casting aside the usual Walking Dead/Saga and presenting something fresh and new…something always welcome for this comic book reader.
The DC Comics booth this year has given Superman/Batman/Wonder Woman a break this year for its center of attention. Now, it’s the 2nd tier heroes time to shine with promotions of the upcoming Shazam and Aquaman movies, with the Teen Titan cartoon movie and live action TV series to come.
The best way to booth market, is to become the product..as best presented by this talking frog ambassador to the CFX booth for Silicone masks.
The Funko Toys booth is still the biggest catch for dedicated collectors of weird vinyl Funko Pop figures…still a thing with at least 50 exclusives again this year. But this time, an online lottery system has brought the line-waiting to sane levels for the lucky ones who obtained an early ticket for each day.
Do you like spending a lot of money on expensive dolls/statues? The SDCC has you covered. I’m not sure what stand this is. That Khan figure is a sexy thing.
Favorite things I enjoy looking at for the Exhibit Hall, are the many original art pages.
Among them, I enjoy the more underappreciated pieces of forgotten comics history.
meanwhile, a plush Purrmaid demands your attention!
Because Deadpool doesn’t get enough fan attention, here’s a animated puppet show to promote the second movie for home release!
It’s Bumblebee’s time to shine at the Hasbro booth, coming to a theater near you (I hope it’s good).
Line up and spin the wheel for maybe something you might want from the USApoly booth.
What’s that? Comic books at a Comic Con? There’s plenty of those here too. Though cheap thrills are hard to find, but look well, and you will find some great printed treasure…
My guilty pleasure is visible in the dealer table areas..action figures!!
Sure, let’s take our nostalgia of childish joys and so weird things to them. This I think is from one of the Mattel booth displays.
It’s a Puglie Pug, ready for pick up!
The Cinema Makeup School continues to impress and freakout with it’s astounding practical effects, carefully applied to the human body.
And, there are plenty of artists here to sketch on whatever paper you may have for them. A purchase is encouraged.
The DKE Booth, a favorite for the strangest artist renditions of figurine pop culture..
The Lego Booth, has never disappointing me with its awesome life-sized blocky renditions of relevant pop-culture licensed icons.
The Cartoon Network booth reminds me I should eventually watch Steven Universe.
That’s enough for now, covering a tiny fraction of the overall finest smorgasbord of creative arts that is the San Diego Comic Con. See Part 2, coming up for more coverage!