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Whenever I go to the comic book shop, they offer me a bag, but I always carry my comic books in my purse (which makes some comic book collectors cringe, but it’s a pretty big bag and they don’t get crushed). This year in San Diego at Comic-Con International people had a huge range of ways to carry their supplies and purchases, so I took a few photos of the best ones. Continue Reading »
If you took your lessons from TV, (where people are depicted in broad generalizations), then all nerds (or geeks, whatever you want to call the people who like the type of things we like) are part of one giant group. Apparently we all go to Comic-Con, we all dress up in costumes, we all read comic books, we all love science fiction, we all play endless games, we all play D&D, we all love Lord of the Rings movies, etc… But it isn’t true. Some of us like some of those things and some of us definitely do not like some of them.
In contrast to this strange media depiction of one giant, inclusive community of nerds, in many circles there is a pretty exclusionary attitude towards the other circles of fandom. While it isn’t very extreme (there aren’t Warriors or West Side Story style confrontation going on at conventions between Doctor Who fans and Game of Thrones fans… even though that would be very entertaining) there is a fair amount of animosity. One group will often have little or no understanding of what the other groups are into, and we can find it quite insulting to be lumped into one amorphous “nerd” banner. This kind of division can seem random from the outside, but it is nothing new, and certainly isn’t isolated to our culture of fandom. It has always existed within politics, religion, sexuality, etc. People like to be acknowledged for their unique features, not randomly labeled in ways they do not identify.
With the increasing popularity of Comic-Con, perhaps now would be a good time to look at ways to disseminate and grow the audience of the brand by inviting the world to participate in the excitement and joy that attendees are privileged to experience. By beginning with something as basic as posting panel recordings online in a professionally branded setting, a quantum shift in perception could be created and a knowledge base for the brand, dramatically changing the world’s perception of Comic-Con and expanding potential growth areas.
Like many others, I had an incredible time at Comic-Con last week, missing more good friends and events than I managed to see (and I saw a lot). I was blown away by the love and joy for comic books and ideas which was evident everywhere I looked. Somehow I didn’t see any television of movie promotion (I know, it’s crazy. I must have been looking wrong… or right) and my time was filled with exploring comic books and meeting comic book creators. It did occur to me however, that simply creating an increasingly crowded city cannot possibly be a cost-effective way to grow the brand. With over 130,000 people in attendance this year (and possibly twice as many people simply wandering the streets to take a look) it was disturbingly packed. Continue Reading »
This was a banner year for me at Comic-Con International, a lot of really mellow, random meetings with all these nice people and great comic book creators, a large pile of nifty comic books I picked up, and so many fantastic things to see. Continue Reading »
This is the week that I just cannot fit in writing my column, instead I’m going to give you a sneak peek of some really swanky photos I took (the rest will be going to a CBR piece.) I would love to write about my week, because I had one hell of a time at Comic-Con International in San Diego, but it is exactly because of this that I have no time.
This week I gained a unique insight into what life is like for those who exist outside the sphere of fan love, when I attended the opening night of the new Harry Potter film.
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