SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON RECAP PART 12 - Inside the Con
If you’ve never been to Comic-Con, it’s difficult to grasp the immensity of it. What started as a tiny comic book convention in 1970 has slowly turned into a massive source of revenue for downtown San Diego. An estimated 130,000 people have attended each year since 2010. It’s not just the convention center that hosts vendors, events and panels… parking lots become the headquarters for themed food trucks or branded rides advertising TV shows, parks become the meeting point for hundreds of zombies, enormous aircraft carriers host celebrity parties, Petco Park is divided up into bits and pieces so that dozens of unrelated events can take place at once. All of the Gas Lamp district and some of the surrounding blocks are packed with attendees. Hotels within 30 minutes of the convention sell out, even with the insane price gouging.
All this being said, the artists are still there. The little guys, although overshadowed by huge networks and studios, can still be found if you look. This was the first year I spent so much time outside of the convention center. It was a lot of fun to see what else the weekend had to offer, but I missed my favorite part - browsing the aisles of artists and indies and collectibles. When I finally did get to the floor (30 min before they closed on Sunday), I made an effort to only shoot the booths that aren’t generally featured in galleries that are more celeb-focused. I wish I had more time in there… I’ll have to make it up next year!