By Ragna Cook
SAN DIEGO–Comic Con International is over for the year, and we still have a few more years of the even to look forward to thanks to deal made between the convention organizers and the San Diego city council. But some of the fans, while overall happy with the five day event that is one of the biggest moneymakers for the city, still have some issues with the convention.
One of the biggest issues is the amount of people who attend. Lines to get into some panels and events take so long that a person with a single day pass may spend their entire day in lines. Cheryl B. said, “It would be different if you could get into the halls.” Her friend David H. agreed. “Hall H lines are hours and hours long, so people with a single day pass, I mean, there’s almost no way to do that.”
Cara B. agreed. “I like to see all the things that are going on, but it just seems that it’s too much all at once to try and see it in the time frame that we have. I think it would be nice if it was kind of split out, maybe there’s like a TV and movie convention and then a comic and anime type convention separately, or even separated out a little bit more within the convention itself.”
Another thing brought up by con goers was the purpose of having as many things showing in the con as they do. Some people think that since this was originally a comic book convention it should be more for comics or other visual media. “I think that Comic Con used to be more about the actual visual media, like comics and maybe a little sci-fi kind of things, and it’s gotten take over because it’s such a money maker,” Dylan H. said. “Like I love the show Dexter, I love all these different TV shows that are on but I don’t know why it’s here exactly, but I don’t know why it’s here, exactly, other than for promotion and to give out swag. And now it’s become this big popular event, and that’s cool, I guess it’s fine, but it used to not be that way. It used to be kind of more about the art and less about promotion.”
Of course, it wasn’t just complaints. David H. also said he’d “enjoyed the exhibitor booths, and seeing the interesting costumes, people watching.” And Bethany L said she was “loving all the free stuff.” So while people are still enjoying the convention, perhaps it’s time that some changes were made.