As the dust and confetti settle from this year’s Nerd Prom, it seems like this was the year that People Came Prepared To Deal With It. Instead of complaining about the craziness, attendees, and exhibitors accepted the long waits, surging crowds and tight security. When you have an event that prompts people to sleep outside for two days, you have something that people are desperate to attend–and desperate people do desperate things. Hence the surrender to complicated procedures and lines. The only person who didn’t get it was a drunk Welshman who paid the price.
It was so the year of the offsite, with events and exhibits turning the entire Gaslamp district into a pop culture extravaganza.
The one area that seemed to draw the most disgruntlement was the pre-reg for next year, which prompted people to camp out — if you weren’t in line by 4 AM each night, your chance of getting a badge for next year was non-existent. Lots of angry sad tweets and blog posts attest to the frustration experienced by fans who waited for hours and hours
Meanwhile, on the show floor, comics sales were, depending on who you asked, fabulous or flat. A few people did gangbusters business, but the overall tone was flat sales. Big ticket items like original art moved very slowly, either because people had already spent so much to get there and had no money left or simply the bad economy.
We’ll have more on San Diego wrapping up the con in the next couple of days!
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.