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Thursday at San Diego Comic Con 2015

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SAN DIEGO, CA (FOX Carolina) -

Hello again Comic Con.  We meet again.  Another year of long lines, masses of humanity, and walking...oh the walking.

Today was the first day of the show.  I spent the day split between walking the convention floor, and walking around the gas lamp quarter of San Diego.  In recent years, the show has far outgrown the convention center.  It's everywhere you look during this week. From the Conan O'Brien show taking over the airport, to FX and SyFy wrapping buildings in massive advertisements for shows. The floor of the convention itself is jam packed with things to see.  I've spent 10 hours already walking around and still haven't seen probably a third of it.  Unless you do it in a systematic fashion you never will see all of it.  You'll be looking at one thing, then something or some person will catch your eye and you'll be drawn in another direction.

So I mentioned the lines...this is one of the pitfalls of what San Diego Comic Con has become if you're looking for certain things.  If you want an exclusive toy from Hasbro, or Mattel, or Funko you have to get up early in the morning, line up at the convention center outside, go inside and get a ticket telling you what time to be at the booth, and then you can line up at the booth and buy your item.  This sadly has become the case for most things.  If you don't want a toy, and maybe autographs are your thing, FOX, Warner Bros, Amazon will let you line up, walk through a line and draw a ticket and if it's a winning ticket, you get a wristband and get an autograph for whatever signing it is.  So imagine waiting in line ALL that time only to get up there and get a losing ticket (insert The Price Is Right failure music here).

Then there are the panels. The stars of television and movies come to the show to talk about their upcoming projects.  The biggest room for these to be showcased is the legendary Hall H.  The people that wait in the Hall H line are dedicated fans. I have a lot of respect (lol no I don't) for people that will sleep outside over night for a chance to get into these rooms and see these panels. I've been to Comic Con now ten times. I've never seen the inside of that room in person. I never will.  I will never understand coming to this show, for all its costs (airfare, hotel, and badge) and sitting outside waiting to get into a room.  I overheard today that people were already lined up on the back of the convention center waiting for the Star Wars preview that is on Friday.  It's currently Thursday as I write this.  Not only that, but the line stretches about a quarter of a mile.  Some of these people will never see the inside of that room. The biggest problem is that they don't clear the rooms after a panel is over.  If you get in the room at 10am and what you want to see isn't until 4pm, you can sit there all day. And believe me, people do.

I personally was in a room this morning at 11am waiting for something that wasn't going to start until 2pm.  Then I received a text I had won an autograph ticket for a signing that was going on, which left me with a decision...leave the room to meet with Captain Kirk himself, William Shatner, or stay and wait for the panel. I chose the former. I had about 10 seconds of time with him as we were shuffled through like cattle as he signed things.  He was friendly, he spoke some with fans, but in retrospect I probably should have stayed in my panel. I would have gotten more fulfillment out of it. That's not to say every signing is like that.  A lot of celebrities are very friendly with fans, they spend time with fans and really talk to them. Just today Bill Murray went outside and walked the Hall H line taking time talking to fans.

Comic Con is what you make it.  There is so much to do.  I used to say the funny thing about it, is the comics in Comic Con hasn't existed for a long time, but that's not true. There are plenty still here. The DC booth is decorated with the costumes for the upcoming Warner Bros Batman v Superman film. Still plenty of people selling books. There is definitely something for everyone.

Tomorrow I'll be sitting in interviews for the cast of Archer, which I'm looking forward too because I'm a huge fan of the show.  I'm also hoping to run into former Heavy Weight Champion Mike Tyson since I know he's around.  We'll see what else Friday brings along with the rest of the weekend.  

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