Okay, I’m going to talk about something that seems to be very geeky. I will also admit that I have no practical experience with it. You have heard me talk about how I have attended various conventions like CES, PAX, and MomoCon, but I have never been to Comic-Con.
For those of you who aren’t aware, Comic-Con is like the ultimate convention. I have heard some comic-book writers that the one in San Diego is the convention. The issue is when I hear about it now, comics are never what is in the spotlight.
Apparently, Hollywood believes that Comic-Con is a place where they can promote the latest movie or even TV show. This year, the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice movie (I didn’t abbreviate this title with a “v”, that is in the film’s title) was prominently on display, and there was a whole great trailer to go with it. Clearly, you would want to promote that as these characters are deep into source material.
However, I hear things like Game of Thrones will have a panel there. What does that have to do with comics? Sure, it’s epic fantasy, and even inspired from books, but not graphic novels. I suppose that I am being a purist on this, but is it possible that it is just that comics, science-fiction, and video games just form a certain kind of crowd that Comic-Con just caters to?
If so, then what does that make people who love this stuff? Do we have to be typecast as these type of people? If so, should we embrace it and be proud to be a geek?
Hopefully next year, I will attend Comic-con, and I’ll want to report from the front lines about all the culture that is there, not to mention the cosplay. We shall see.
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