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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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:iconstonewrecker:
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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:iconcallmepo:
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  Hobbyist General Artist
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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CallMePo Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
The Calgary comicon is starting to be a force to reckoned with lately, hasn't it?
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Vagabond142 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
Well, for three years running now it's had huge guests, both art and media. We've had Neal Adams, Mike Mignola, George Perez, etc for the art side, alongside all the contracted artists and the artist's alley.
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MrHalfawake Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012
Im and eastcoster ut I really hope to hit the NY one next year
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CallMePo Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Seems to be the best one to go to too.
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MrHalfawake Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012
well I live in MA so it's pretty easy to get to anyways :D it was always just more a cost issue or finding people to go with
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DurtySpork Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012
Yeah, it's not just for the comic nerds now. Because of Comic Con, it's now cool to be a nerd.
Ever since the Twilight panels started, that's when i noticed it was getting far too big and ridiculous. Comic Con is very much like a film festival, but with furrys and bod odor. Some people that i know that are going don't even have foggiest idea who the Flash is!!!

Things will eventually hit a peak and fall back down to basics, but until then i keep going to meet some of the awesome big name artists and the ones from overseas that you wouldn't normally run into at a local con.
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CallMePo Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Actually there is already a bit of a backlash with some of the popular artists.

Basically too many celebrities and you become a face in the crowd. It's great if you are there to meet other famous artists and friends - but not so easy if you really want to mingle with your fans. Way too many gawkers who keep asking "is that someone famous?"

And my friends have a term for the accumulation of bod odor at conventions... we call it FANK! (fanboy stank)
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DurtySpork Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012
Oh man, it's only a matter of time till one big artist backs out of comic con and voices his opions about it and the rest follow.

HAHAHAHA! "FANK" i predict that i'll be using that word quite alot this week.... not looking forward to it.
You should totally draw a picture depicting FANK. Make it a common term with fellow con goers and possibly even eliminate bad hygiene altogether at cons because people won't want to be marked having "FANK"! Think of the movement you will cause :O
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NinjaKasuga Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012
I believe you about SDCC being not what it used to be. That seems to be one of the number one reason a few artists I know aren't going, which is sad cuz I wanted to go to SDCC for years but people over the last two alone have told me "dude anytime before 2010 was worth it now, just go to something local".
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maxblackrabbit Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Well at least we still have Toronto/Ottawa/Montreal comicons. Small and fun.

And fan expo of course. I do want to see SDCC again someday but I'll probably be trampled to death. :(
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CallMePo Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Not sure about Ottawa, but Montreal may be a good bet.

Get to see and meet a few european artists.
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maxblackrabbit Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, i got to meet a few out there, got some art off of them too. Good times. If you go, lemme know. :)
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droz037 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012
Try coming to San Francisco for WonderCon!

CCI is really pushing it as a smaller, more intimate mini Comic-con. The last WonderCon in Anaheim wasn't bad. But I think it really does belong in San Francisco where it was born. Only thing that bothers me is that CCI never uses the entire convention floor for the vendor/artist area and it gets a bit crowded at times.
I'm missing Comic-Con simply because I don't have the funds for food and impluse buys. Hotel, airfare and ticket were already paid for.
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eldritch48 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Emerald City ComicCon in Seattle...that and HeroesCon in Charlotte, NC are the 2 best artist cons I've ever seen.
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animatedastronaut Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013
ECCC is pretty good in my opinion. It was my first con though, so I don't think I can say anything.

But I had fun. It felt much smaller and I don't know about any of you, but it was comics everywhere.
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KenBoneoch Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I want to second HeroesCon in Charlotte. GREAT comic convention. Highly recommended. Think of it as a tiny version of what SDCC used to be.
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starwind824 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012
3rding Heroescon. I've done that, c2e2 and NYCC and while the c2e2/NYCC do a fine job of being smaller versions of SDCC, Heroescon is BAR NONE the best legit comic book convention.
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djgaijin Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012
Totally agreed. I used to go, but getting tickets and reserving a hotel has just become a massive pain in the ass. And the dealer room is so packed full of people you can barely move or breathe. Just not worth it anymore, unfortunately.

I recommend Wondercon. It's in San Francisco (except for this year because the convention center is closed for renovations), and it run by the same people but isn't the focus of the con calendar so it isn't totally packed and crazy. A lot of panel presenters use it as a sort of trial run for the panels they'll be doing, and it's big enough that plenty of major names from the industry attend, like Mike Mignola and Sergio Aragones (and Steve Leialoha, probably the nicest guy you'll ever meet). Plus you've got the Cartoon Art Museum, Museum of Modern Art, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts literally within just a few blocks if you want to mix it up a bit.
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CallMePo Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I always wanted to visit San Francisco....
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djgaijin Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012
It should be back next year! Come visit! :D
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KingPuddinArt Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012
This reason is usually why I stick to certain parts of conventions, namely artist alleys and autograph places, or even portfolio reviews. I'd rather keep to the more intimate places, and check out anything more mainstream in my spare time. Well, unless it's something I really want to see, lol, but otherwise majority of CC is about things that shouldn't be in the convention at all. It should be called Multimedia Convention at this point, since comics are only relevant to the people who really want to see them, rather than the spectacle that con has become.
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CallMePo Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Same here, I really do enjoy the more artist friendly ones because you actually get to interact with artists.

SDCC is slowly becoming a entertainment industry trade show like E3 is for video games.
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backerman Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012
I'll be going there. Leaving on wed morning. This will be my 2nd trip to san diego comicon, first in 2010. I tried in 2011 but tickets sold out fast. Yeah only things I don't like, too many media people and scammers. I hate scammers buying 4 or 5 same toys and sell it on ebay for higher prices than normal price at sdcc.
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CallMePo Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
The infamous buyers of con exclusives... I know them well.
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kaname-chan Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012
I hate Hollywood for what Comic con has become. It's more of a staging ground now to test the waters for there movies. And I agree with the above poster. It really isn't about comics anymore. It's like comics are just there. And don't have much to do with the con that it's named after anymore and that is rather sad.

Personally I'm waiting for Wonder con. Went this year for the first time. But since I got there late I didn't get to try out some of the panels I wanted to see.
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CallMePo Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Still considering the possible cons to go to but I do know that the set of Wizard World cons are usually more or less the same except for the local guests.
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kaname-chan Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012
Sadly I have never been to Wizard World :(
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ipzofakto Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012
DC and Marvel are simply advertisers for Warner Bros and Disney, and have been for years.
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jimsupreme Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I know i'll never go back. it's not about comics anymore and hasn't been for a very long time. but, i'll see you in a few weeks at Con Bravo!
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CallMePo Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
So pumped for Con Bravo!
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Varcel Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012
Dragon*Con is like that. Granted this is a more general con rather than a comics focused one, but it has gotten HUGE. One feels like just a member of a herd of cattle there.
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Kaizer617 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've been dying to go to Comicon!! But I ain't got no damn money. I just posted my newist drawing today!! [link]
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Kainless Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
NYCC is still the best I think... same olds same olds
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SeriojaInc Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012
*sigh* agreed. I used to visit when it was a mere 2-floor event, and you could actually see 90% of it in 2 days :/ Now it's just a maddening game of bumper-shoulders.
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CallMePo Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
... and line waiting.
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SeriojaInc Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012
sweet mercy. it's just one MASSIVE line that funnels you into the building on one end and scoots you out the other...
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dragonaur Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Hobbyist
Wondercon did the same thing over time. Last I heard they moved it to LA too. Might as well call it something else!
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djgaijin Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012
Wondercon's still basically "SDCC but you can actually move". AIUI it's only in Anaheim this year because the Moscone Center in SF is doing some renovations and won't be available.
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dragonaur Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Hobbyist
Ah. That's nice to hear, that it only moved temporarily. Still, it's been years since I've been at Wondercon! I remember when it was a tiny little thing! Just like Emerald City Comic con!
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djgaijin Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012
Yeah, it got a boost when the Comic-Con International folks took over and they moved it to Moscone Center from the Oakland Convention Center. Those last years in Oakland were pretty sad...the organizers had clearly lost interest and it was just a mess.
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