“Being a geek is all about being honest about what you enjoy and not being afraid to demonstrate that affection. It means never having to play it cool about how much you like something. It’s basically a license to proudly emote on a somewhat childish level rather than behave like a supposed adult. Being a geek is extremely liberating.” – Simon Pegg
Comics, cartoons, games, special effects, cosplayers, writers, artists, actors, YouTubers, t-shirts, buttons, costumes, posters, collectible toys, free stuff, movie and TV show sneak peeks – what’s not to love about Comic-Con!
Each year, when badges go on sale (months before the convention), we anxiously log into the virtual waiting room, crossing our fingers that our sometimes temperamental overseas internet will behave, and hoping that all the days aren’t sold out by the time our names come up in the queue. With our nomadic life, Comic-Con gives us a fun feeling of continuity when we are home for summer breaks in San Diego.
We took our kids to their first Comic-Con when they were 7 and 4 years old
They are now 18 and 15
We’ve attended the convention 4 times as badge holders, and on the years we couldn’t get badges, we still headed to the Gaslamp Quarter to see all the fun cosplayers walking around. In the past few years, Comic-Con has outgrown the convention center and spilled out into downtown and along the waterfront, there is so much more for everyone, including non badge holders, to see and do. Take a look!
I’ll end with some flashbacks of my kids and their cousins from Comic-Cons gone by 🙂