Seeing as I work and live in San Diego I always try to swing through downtown when the Comic Con is in town. As I've mentioned in a previous blog, getting tickets there is in the same category as odds of being bitten by a shark or winning the lottery; so for me walking in the area around the Convention Center was where I was.
Last night, downtown San Diego was a fantasy world of cosplay, halloween, and je ne sais quoi all rolled into one. tens of thousands of people crammed the streets admiring the handmade costumes some fans took the time to make, and occasionally glimpsing up at the buildings, which have all been covered with a weird "skin" promoting some kind of Hollywood movie or TV show. Of course all the bars and taverns were packed to the hilt, too. The park along K and Fourth has been converted to a SouthPark land, promoting the new South Park movie.
One word of caution: commercialism. Comic Con has indeed been taken over by big money entities who are there to shove commercials down your throat. Their offerings are a wolf in sheep's clothing, though. In other words, their commercials are beautiful and draw you in, and seemingly all in the name of Comic Con. But wait - step back a minute. What is really happening?
Imagine driving down the freeway and every square inch of roadway is covered with obnoxious billboard after nauseating billboard ads. Does this exist already where you live? Or think about how even so-called commercial-free radio crams advertising into your ears, like National Public Radio (NPR). Ever try and listen to their morning commute show? Their "DJs" read you commercials every few minutes, and then they play pre-recorded DJ voices reading even more $#@% commercials. I think they average a commercial every 4 or 5 minutes. Anyways, the point I'm trying to make is that Comic Con is the same thing. Appreciating that the structure on which it is now built is nothing more than one big commercial.
I am convinced that exposure to too much commercial/advertising is BAD FOR YOUR HEALTH.
All of Comic Con's ads include email links, and social media opportunities where the unweary allow some company to have access to their personal lives, including GPS whereabouts at all times, how long one is in a certain spot, what/who one's email and phone contacts are, how old one is, and even access to one's web activity. Don't believe me? Have you read the news about the new Pokemon Go app? A watchdog group outed the app as ingenious spyware that does ALL of the above-mentioned underhand shit.
I don't mean to be a killjoy. Go to the Con, enjoy the Con, and even enjoy the commercialization of the Con (with moderation); however be cognizant of what its true nature really is and don't become a victim of its advertisers.