What is Comic-Con?
- Comic-Con is the largest comic book and pop culture event in
the North America.
- Over 600 hours of programming on all aspects of comic books
and pop culture, including breaking into the comic book business, filmmaking
seminars, movies, interactive multimedia and Japanese Animation.
- Comic-Con utilizes the entire San Diego Convention Center
including 460,000 square feet of exhibit space and two floors of meeting
- Comic-Con features all major comic book publishers, major
toy and gaming companies, movie studios and much more.
- For more information on Comic-Con, go here:
Pokemon was at last month's Comic-Con, and I was there to check it out. The
Pokemon booth was for the Pokemon Trading Figure Game (which was the same one
at the Origins event). I played a game and got a Ditto promo card. Also
grabbed some freebies, another inflatable Poke Ball is mine.
Over 125,000 people attended the event, and it was sold out for Friday,
Saturday, and Sunday (the first time ever it was sold out on all days, usually
Friday and Sunday are good bets to get tickets). And it sure felt like 125,000
people. When you're in the Exhibit Hall, usually you would want to go through
the aisles one by one just so you don't miss anything (a lot of free stuff to
be had). But since there's so many people, where you're heading usually
depends on where there is space to walk into. Away from the Exhibit Hall, you
have the programming events. Comic-Con goers can get up-close with some of the
biggest names in the entertainment industry like Matt Groening (creator of the
Simpsons) and Seth MacFarlane (creator of Family Guy). Tons of celebrities
show up such as Jessica Alba, Dane Cook,
Steve Carell, The Rock, just
to name a few. There were a lot of great panels for shows such as Heroes and
Lost. To get into one of these programming events, you better line up early,
and I mean hours early. With 125,000 people at the event, seats fill up really
quick. The lines were ridiculously long. Bottom line, you better do your
research if you really want to attend a certain programming event. Some people
sit in during the program before so they get a good seat (they don't clear the
area after a programming is done, so people can be in several programming
events at once without waiting in line for each one). But even if you miss the
big programming event, there's usually something else about to start somewhere
else (albeit a smaller one).
Overall I had a great
experience at Comic-Con, the only thing missing was a lack of a Pokemon panel.
Last year they had a panel of the Pokemon voice actors. Hopefully we'll see
more of Pokemon there next year.
Pictures from the Event