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Love too but can't... and sadly may not ever again. Partly because it is not the same convention it used to be.

It is an amazing convention and I had a great time both times I went.  I do recommend it for anyone who lives close enough to it.

Heck!  Even if you don't have a pass you can still hang out outside and take photos of the cosplayers, enjoy the outside promo booths and events, even accidentally run into some celebrities.

Not to mention a ton of off-site events comiccongeek.wordpress.com/sdc… and of course the creator-owned show TR!CKSTER trickstertrickster.com/. (I do recommend Tr!ckster for those fans of independent artists like me)

Taking into account how much it cost to go to it, the ease of scoring a place to stay and let's not forget the new lottery to get tickets - it really is not worth it for a low-level freelance artist like me to go to - as a fan or professional.

Even professionals are saying how it is becoming too big and impersonal like a trade show rather than a fan event.

I think it is sad that I will have to now look for conventions that are "like SDCC use to be".
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Stonewrecker Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
There's always dragon con in atlanta. I havent heard bad things about C2E2 in chicago either.
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CallMePo Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Dragon con is always on my to-go list just because of the cosplayers... I hear the Aquarium and Coca Cola museum is nice too. ^_^
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Stonewrecker Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
I went to the museum once when I was a kid. They let you try free samples. Its really nice there.
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Ssyrie Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012
I'm going, but I'm planning to spend Thursday at an off-site event, and possibly Friday as well (there's one panel I may go to). Three panels on Saturday, then Sunday in the exhibit hall. Wish I had known the schedule back in March, would have only bought Fri-Sun instead of a 4-Day Pass (No PN).
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leviadragon99 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012
Huh, well that's kind of a bummer... at least it still exists in some enjoyable and beneficial form though.
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Armando-Huerta Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm going but I agree with you. It's not the same, not about comics but movies.

As a matter of fact I have done comic con 10 times but I never got to see too much of the show because I have to be working at my booth :(

But agree again, the parties are awesome :)
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CallMePo Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Ok, I admit the parties were fun ^_^
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Don-O Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012
My feelings with SDCC is bettersweet, too. I use to go quite a bit during the late 80's and the 90's...back when I had a regular paycheck and the convention had a lot of fanboy, small press and comic activities.

Unfortunately, it's getting big and thus, more expensive and complicated to deal with. If I wanted to go back, it would take serious lottery money to pull it off. When you can afford patients, you can afford anything.

On a boring more personal note: My last trip there was in 2001 and I planned to meet Harvey Pekar and Dan DeCarlo. I missed out on Harvey (still burns me to this day) but managed to meet DeCarlo and give him a copy of my Josie zine.
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FranklinTKeener Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012
DragonCon! Ya'll!
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Vagabond142 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012
Come to Calgary Comic Con :D I would commission the everliving shit out of you if you came here XD
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