THE PARADOX OF THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING COMIC-CON EXPANSION

WIRED | 7/17/2019 | Peter Rubin
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When people talk about "the good old days," they're mourning the death of simplicity. For San Diego Comic-Con attendees, nostalgia has always rested with the diehards who haunt the floor of the Convention Center, lining up to buy artwork from their favorite illustrators or hunting down a copy of that formative book from their childhood. They're the ones who have seen SDCC go from comics convention to infrastructure-overwhelming pop-culture pilgrimage, the ones who can't help but feel a little territorial about the movie and TV fans flooding the city.

Recent years have been a Gilded Age for those other fans, though, the ones who are here for a pan-pop spectacle. The ones who treat the overnight wait outside Hall H, the con's marquee stage, like an adventure in itself. The ones who plan their vacation time to take optimal advantage of the star-studded panels inside, or just to visit the experiential "activations" that colonize ballparks and vacant lots throughout the city's Gaslamp District. For them, indulgence is the whole point—and anytime a major studio or movie skips Comic-Con, they yearn a little more for the time that J. J. Abrams led 6,500 people out of Hall H for a symphony performance.

Camps - Philosophies - Year

Two camps, two philosophies. This year feels like it's shaping up to satisfy neither one.

Granted, it wouldn't be Comic-Con without some hand-wringing. If it's not major comics retailers bailing on the event, it's Marvel or HBO. But even with one or two major omissions each year, SDCC has always seen enough infusions of new energy to balance those omissions. In 2017, Netflix came out in force to tease its forthcoming genre movies. Last year, Amazon Prime brought six projects to its inaugural panel, previewing future hits like Homecoming and Good Omens. What does 2019 have? Well, it's got Marvel in Hall...
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