Saturday, July 23, 2011
From excessive standing in line, to not being able to get into panels, to huge crowds, the convention seems a little lost. To top it, next year the rates go to $175, with no discount for those who get full con badges.
It becomes a test of endurance, like Shao Lin temple aspirants waiting outside the gates until only one is left. To some, it is just about bragging "I went to San Diego Comic Con and you didn't". Servers crashed multiple times when online registration was attempted fro m late last year until around February this year. Only those of us willing to backspace and refresh repeatedly for hours were even able to get badges.
Thursday, July 21, 2011
There are attendees already up and about. I leave now to get my badge.
Some 20 minutes later, I get to the end of the badge pickup line. I am by Buster's (see pic) in the medina. The line winds and doubles back, so it is more than the 0.6 miles Google maps reports. At least it is a cool San Diego morning. Regardless, I am grateful to be here with the fellow fans at one of my favorite shows. It has been too long since I was here.