Since the early 2000s I have ventrued to the land of San Diego...although the area has not changed much with homeless wandering about the area and random beggars around Petco Park...the allure of SDCC is all too popular to ignore!
I must point out that this 2016 Con was not at all as "substanced" as previous years. What do I mean by that? It is now a playing ground for popular big-named studios to vie with big budgets in order to secure network rights to broadcast SDCC. What I have noticed...and I will elaborate on this in a bit...is that the small-time media (me) and production crews have all but disappeared. This is truly sad. No longer do I see small media at the con in the form of journalistic, broadcast, and bloggers. One would only need to connect the dots and am sure the big and nasty "Hollywood Studios" had influence over the small media businesses. This is what the original Comic Con was about...in fact, Star Wars was the first film ever to be premiered at SDCC and George Lucas has always wrestled with the large production studios...and this is why. Although small media has been squashed, sort of speak, their existence still persist but in smaller numbers and replaced in favor of more $$$ Lucrative avenues for the Convention Management and Comic Con itself!
SMALL MEDIA MADE COMIC CON THE WAY IT IS NOW...
I had a difficult discussion with the Media Press box at the Convention. I will not name names but the new directive and rules for media are...
I get it...however, I work for a University...a University does not have followers. The Cons have changed over the years and now advertise and employ beautiful Cosplayers and models to venture the Con...Families and first-timers to SDCC may suck-it-all-in with photos and selfies but they fail to see the legacy of SDCC going sour. Do not get me WRONG...SDCC is still a great place to be for all the information you need granted, you need to know what your going there for...I go there for business and not so much pleasure but it bothers the FUCK out of me when I cannot get an interview, a SDCC exclusive because the 9 snotty teenagers and family of 7 beat me to the collectible exclusives! FUUUUUCK! Then the fucks sell it on Ebay. FUCK YOU!
I love the Cosplayers. I support many independent Cosplayers...but shit...I cannot perform business duties at SDCC anymore without the lines and headache of families...SIGH.
Like anything else in this world markets become saturated. Comic Con now attracts too many for its area to handle. Las Vegas and Los Angeles would be ideal because of the space. However, Comic Con has its roots in San Diego and a huge blockbuster of income for the city. I get that...however, the Convention and Comic Con management has gotten fat off the large production studios that they no longer need people like me. I get it...in fact this was OPENLY admitted by the supervisor in charge of the Media Booth. I gave her my opinion in the most logical and non-aggressiveness tone and she understood. She admitted that in the past small media was the means to get SDCC popular but now "things are different." G-G corporate Murica! FUCK! Now the one thing I enjoy going to every summer has turned a blind eye to even the original bloggers, media, broadcasters, and independent companies that MADE and SUPPORTED Comic Con in the past 15 years since its explosion in 2008!
The one take-away from this year is the DC movies...I am a prolific reader and collector of DC and must say...Wonder Woman...I love you... Her stand alone movie will kick some fucking ass!