ComicCon@Home: The Convention Center Misses You, Too

It’s not just an event. It’s a culture. Even though Comic-Con International pivoted well to being online this year — as everything has to do — it’s just not the same. That’s for good and bad; the lines are nobody’s favorite thing, but the crowds in Hall H or Ballroom 20 can’t be beat for a cathartic rush of emotion. A virtual activation for your favorite FX or Amazon Prime show is fine, but there’s still something extra cool about being in an actual escape room for The Boys orĀ Titans. And I admit it — I’ve run down the list of vendors on the virtual convention floor, and it’s just not the same as wandering and discovering something new I had no idea I would want, or run across some unsung creator with a cool book I’d never heard about before. And WarnerMedia may be on to something with the DC Fandome, but it can’t beat actually hanging out with fellow fans.

The San Diego Convention Center misses us, too, and posted this video today to honor that right now, in normal times, we’d be checking into our hotels, or getting off our flights, and breathing in the atmosphere of Comic-Con. Yes, there would be the scent of sweaty fans, but it’s mixed with sea air and aromas from the various restaurants in the Gaslamp District. Comic-Con, I miss you. I’ll be back when you are.

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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 editor@fanboyplanet.com.