and to be frank ... some of them made me sad.
There is an evolution happening at Comic Con ... the pressure of all the added media attention brings a different tone to the proceedings. It's not your Mama's Comic-Con... in fact, the press has highlighted some concerns about Comic Con that worry Moms and others.
Here's a link to the LA Times article that revealed some of these concerns...
Now Comic Con has an official "policy on harassment" This element of comic con was all new to me .. but big signs about it were clearly posted in the main lobbies.
"Code of conduct/ anti harassment policy
It made me feel old to think that Comic Con had become yet another public gathering where safety concerns have become an issue.
The expanding interest in Comic Con and the ever-increasing number of attendees have strained the resources not only at the convention center ... but also the surrounding area. While the over-flow attractions are supposed to be fun (and are often free) .. now they have also become crowd control issues. This year, there was even a car accident related to the Zombie Walk
here's a link from the local San Diego NBC station with video and interviews about the car incident:
Now the tiger has outgrown its enclosure .. and the ones who raised it... if we can't keep it fed and satisfied .. it will devour us and move on. Some of the lines at the booths had a surreal "THX1138/Soylent Green" atmosphere of people consuming something just because it was put in front of them... not with the passion and interest of fans, but just a crowd in a frenzy ... over what???