To recap this year's con, let's review what its SUPPOSED to be all about...
Here is the current "mission statement" for SDCC as it appears on their website.
Comic Con's foundation is the core elements of education and awareness. You'll find the best of the con in panels, programs and events that highlight educational efforts to raise awareness of and appreciation for comics and related art forms.
Comic Con is a place to celebrate artists .... and for fans to enjoy the company of others who appreciate their shared interests.
Let's highlight some of the charm and fun that you can still find at SDCC...
Little kids can still make memories at comic con. This little toddler enjoyed dancing along with the large cat character from the Skelanimals booth.When she would dance, the cat would mimic her. The crowd around them was delighted. Classic family-friendly con moment (see more Skelanimals characters at their website: http://skelanimals.com/
Comic Con is a place where fans can gather support for efforts to preserve the history of pop culture...
This booth highlighted a proposed museum of Sci-Fi ....http://www.hollywoodscifi.org/
And seeing the range of artists in attendance ... from Emmy winners ... (like long-time SNB pal Paul Wee http://paulwee.blogspot.com/ )
to up and coming talent like Genevieve Tsai http://charicreatures.blogspot.com/
While the huge studio and company pavilions continue to grow and spread their influence ... there are still little corners and booths where indie talent holds their ground and get a chance to find new fans ...
like long-time Comic-Con exhibitors, indie artists Loter Inc ... http://www.loter.com/
Their Blue Unicorn T-Shirt was a big hit!
Another fun find... Alaska Robotics (short films and comics -- YES actual Comics at comic con!) check out their website here: http://alaskarobotics.com/
and here's another tiny booth full of goodies!
Furry Feline Creatives http://furry-feline.com/
also enjoyed Mike Yamada and Victoria Ying's booth with their "Extracurricular Activities" cute prints and paper products ... http://eca-la.com/
... or when you might meet your next best friend ....