Comic-Con 2016:
Wandering Wednesday

It’s that first day of Comic-Con, or actually it’s Preview Night. Even though the exhibit hall doors don’t open until 6, it feels like the convention starts earlier every year, and though a few displays outside the Convention Center were still getting the finishing touches around 4 p.m. today, most things were in place, and ready for fans to enjoy — sometimes without making it to the floor, which itself was packed as usual, with lines for exclusives filling up within five minutes of the sea of humanity moving forward into the hall.


Taking the escalator up to wait in line in order to be let in to the Exhibition Hall in order to wait in more lines… or maybe we’re about to go into hyperspace. It gets so confusing…

Outside, of course, San Diego welcomes Con-goers — not for nothing, San Jose and the Silicon Valley Comic Con should take a look at this sort of local business involvement. You’ve got 140,000+ people milling around all jazzed up for one thing!


And that one thing is frozen yogurt.

Having local business buy-in drives traffic before and after. Also, one organization is using a storefront in the Gaslamp District to drive civic engagement!


Don’t you dream of a time when the choice could be this clear cut?

Wandering around outside, it’s once again clear there will be plenty of places outside of the Convention Center to still experience Comic-Con…


Affleck and Damon posit a world in which corporations are all powerful, and one man dares to buck the system…


And a block over, USA posits a world in which corporations are all-powerful, and one man dares buck the system…

Relax. We already know Mr. Robot rocks, and Incorporated might be good. But the former includes a VR experience here in San Diego, launching today, and the latter — we’ll check it out later.


Also, there are Pokestops everywhere…


The backside of South Park — an installation celebrates 20 years of the show.


Goin’ down to South Park…


And the sun sets on a huge reminder that Conan O’Brien is doing another series of show tapings here… I remember when Jay Leno used to send Kevin Smith to do five minute remote segments and that was it. #teamcoco

About Derek McCaw
In addition to running Fanboy Planet, Derek has written for ActionAce, Daily Radar, Once Upon A Dime, and The Wave. He has contributed stories to Arcana Comics (The Greatest American Hero) and Monsterverse Comics (Bela Lugosi's Tales from the Grave). He performs with ComedySportz San Jose and ShakesBEERience, in addition to occasional screenwriting and acting jobs. If you ever played Eric's Ultimate Solitaire on the Macintosh, it was Derek's voice as The Weasel that urged you to play longer. You can buy his book "I Was Flesh Gordon" on the Amazon link at the right. Email him at