SDCC as a Vacation
With Convention season upon us, I thought I’d submit this. I know some of you have seen it before, but we have many new members, who might be contemplating going to SDCC for the first time.
(pic from their official web site: http://www.comic-con.org/cci/ )
In 2005 I thought aboout going to ComicCon so much I almost hopped a plane at the last minute, planning to attend one day and flay back that night. Almost. I never got as far as looking at flights, but I did debate about it a lot. Finally, i rationalized myself out of it because of the cost. But man I wanted to see the new Mattel JLU figures.
2006. Why was it important to go? If I was going to go, I had to know why I was going. Was it to buy comics – no i could do that at any store. Was it to buy toys – no, there is a very good used toy store near here. Besides, I could buy that stuff on line if I wanted. What about the convention experience? I’ve been to a convention before, and once again, they exist closer to home. (I’ll put those up on the blog sometime too.)
It came down to one thing. People. It was the people. I could meet the folks from Mattel and tell them in person what I thought about my favorite toy line. And I could meet fans who I would not meet anywhere else. So that was it. I had to go. I knew why. And I did.
10 years ago, my bosses at Hasbro went to the southwest (Vegas?) for a management retreat. They came back with tales of the San Diego Zoo that made me want to go.
ActionFigureInsider.com started. I started interacting with a lot of great people on this site. AFI invited me to be part of the staff. I decided that meeting these people in person, SDCC, and the Zoo were enough to make the trip. So we went to AAA, got the tourbook for southern California, some maps, and made a list of attractions to see. The day came and we left.
More in part II.