I have gone to the San Diego Comic-Con for the past 18 years and I loved every moment of it, except for the crowds! I am a true comic book nerd and have been collecting comics and graphic novels since I was 9 years old. You can try and do the math to see how old I am.
It’s still crazy here at the con and the con-goers are just as crazy and as my fellow offender Jerome has covered the part about cosplay just recently, you’ve seen how committed these con-goers are about being very involved in this world. Maybe one day I’ll do the same.
As each year passes from the very first time I started going there are more movie studios, gaming companies, fashion boutiques, weaponry and all sorts of… well, comic related stuff stepping into the Comic-Con territory. I’m not complaining, but ultimately it was more about comics back then. I remember the first time there and looking for artists like Arthur Adams, John Bryne, Adam Hughes and many more and having to stand in long lines to just meet them and hopefully get a sketch of my favorite superhero. These artists were my true inspiration on how they told dynamic stories with their fantastic drawing style and storytelling. I wanted to be one of them… badly.
I myself am an artist and I was determined back then to make it as a comic book artist. Each year the comic con would have a section to review artists for Marvel, DC and other publishers. I was in those lines waiting all day for the 4 days which was the duration of the con. By the end of the con I would only have seen 5 reviewers. Guess what… that year I went home unhappy. AWWWWWWW. Even after the con I would send samples of my work to many publishers big and small. All I got back were letters of rejection. DOUBLE AWWWWWWWW. I tried for the next 5 years and still no bite. Ego smashed and I gave up holding a number 2 pencil forever! It’s tough!
10 years of therapy later (just kidding)… Oh, I still love comic books and I will go to as many of these conventions as they come. I will never feel defeated by not being part of the production of the world of comics as long as I can be part of the great imagination of heroes fighting the forces of evil, I will be there with my head buried in the pages.