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I’m back from Comic Con 2014 to share with you a couple of the highlights! I got to San Diego a day early on Wednesday and got to see them setting up for the following 4 days. They were putting up all the structures and games, and all the shops in the Gaslamp District were getting ready for the huge rush of people in the following days.
There were over 130,000 people there so naturally it was crowded almost everywhere. Hall H is the biggest room and it is where the biggest panels are held. This year it was the Marvel panel, Game of Thrones, and The Walking Dead and people started lining up the day before and slept in line. People were pumped for Marvel most of all, having waited over 20 hours in line for it, and they started chanting “WE WANT MARVEL!” while waiting for it. They announced the Ant-Man movie, and then the entire cast of Avengers came out dancing, and they showed a long clip of the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron movie after which the crowd lost their minds.
The Simpsons had a nice set up outside Comic Con this year with “The Homer Dome” which was a projection mapping experience, games, and free blue cotton candy from “Marge’s Sweet Station“. At the panel, they showed an extended sneak peek of the Family Guy/Simpsons crossover, and Homer Simpson dropped in (as a hologram) to chat with creator Matt Groening.
A huge part of Comic Con is the floor which is the half a million square foot space where there are hundreds of vendor booths set up for any type of entertainment you are into, whether it is comic books, TV, games, movies, or art. On the floor there was a Hunger Games exhibit with 3D Katniss and Peeta and Peeta’s Bakery had amazing treats. There are giant displays from movies and games everywhere that you can walk up to and take pictures with or even go inside of.
Cosplay is another big part of Comic Con, and you will see hundreds of people dressed up as characters from comic books, TV, and movies just walking around. These guys were a favorite this year. Then there are the huge elaborate creations like Bodock which is 14 feet tall, 2000 lbs, and contains 4 people inside. Huge stars sometimes walk around with a costume and you will have no idea until after the fact. Last year Bryan Cranston was walking around wearing a mask of Walter White, and this year Arya from Game of Thrones, Maisie Williams was walking around with a Spiderman mask.
Off-site there are an endless amount of things to do. At Nerd HQ at Petco Park, there are games set up all over the place and other activities. There is a Zombiewalk where people in very convincing zombie makeup will chase you around town, interactive events, dance parties, and panels of their own.
This is all just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Comic Con. There are so many things to do that you can’t even come close to doing everything you want but it is nonstop fun and you will enjoy every moment of it. I had another amazing year there and I can’t wait for next year!
Thanks for reading!