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".