Just about 12 hours from now, I will be boarding a plane. That plane will stop in Denver, Colorado, and I will board another plan, which will stop in San Diego, which for a long weekend in July becomes Geek Paradise.
If I’ve already lost you, let me catch you again.
Every July, an event called San Diego Comic Con, which as you might guess takes place in San Diego, takes over the convention center, the hotels, and probably a good portion of the rest of the town.
First begun, to my knowledge, as a celebration of comic books and cartoons (hence the name), it is now a meet-up of web comic artists, sci fi and fantasy television shows, movies, books, steampunk, internet stars, web shows, and a number of other forms of geekdom. People dress up in costumes, geeky t shirts, and other forms of dress to announce to the world that they love a show, character, comic, or other fandom; they wait in line to meet heroes, they crowd in meeting halls to attend forums, and they stare at each other, trying to figure out how geeky they are compared to everyone else and where these people got their shirts, among other things. It’s people watching and one-up-man-ship for those of us who were never part of our middle school’s popular set…one of the big differences being that instead of getting mad at someone who dressed better than you, you ask them where they got their shirt or how they made their costume.
Comic Con is many things, really. As is San Diego, a city I honestly can’t wait to see again for a little while.
I’ll be back Friday night, hopefully blogging Saturday, but don’t expect to hear too much from me before that.
To get an idea of what sorts of things I might be doing/staring at/fangirling, the schedule for Thursday.
PS If you are in the mood for an emotional and inspiring story check this post out- a mother’s story of how she almost lost her son at the beach in a way I don’t think most of us realize is dangerous. Worth reading.