I'm not going this year, for the first time in eight or nine years. I'm going to miss it in many ways, but I didn't miss the hotel frenzy yesterday. Nor will I miss the airport nightmares I always end up in the middle of.
But I'm still considering writing daily updates about the con for Pipeline. heh heh heh
Did anyone get a hotel room in yesterday's craziness?
What? Come on Augie. Now I have to take the reminders off my schedule plus for the year to check your column for the latest travel stories.
This will actually be my 4th year not attending San Diego after having gone for 7 straight years. I cannot say I totally miss it. San Diego did/does(?) have that "community event" feel to it, but after reading reports, blogs, etc. these past couple of years it seems like more of a circus feel has enveloped it. That would be a shame if true. But to each his own. I do not think attendance figures have been hurt recently so enough people like the current con setup.
Now that New York has a show (even with last year's bumps) and having attended Baltimore for the 1st time, I feel like I have my reasonable options for a comic con fix. Plus, less money spent on travel is more I can spend on comic swag.
PS. Are you attending NYCC this year? I will be there on Saturday.
Patricia -- Looks like it's just NYCC for me this year. I still leave a small possibililty that I could do Chicago, but I don't have to worry about making that decision for awhile yet.
John - If I go to Chicago, you'll get your horror story. And I have one other flight opportunity lined up this year. I can always blog that for you.
I'm hoping to be at NYCC both Saturday and Sunday. I'd like to go Friday night, too, just for a couple of panels, but I think that might be pushing it. We'll see what happens as the dates get closer. Thankfully, it's a relatively easy trip, what with the ferry system and all.
And, yes, I'm starting to wonder if San Diego is as much fun as it used to be, too. Or, I'm just telling myself that to cut down on the sense of loss I feel inside. ;-)
Any of you guys that like the smaller shows, I recommend the trip to Toronto for the Paradise Con. It's in June this, but it's a nice, comic-only show that always gets HUGE guests. Matt Wagner, Marv Wolfman, Michael Golden are already on tap for this year. And Augie, it's the only place I know of where you are guaranteed to get a Dave Sim sketch, b/c he draws constantly while he's there!
I would definitely like to do Toronto someday, Murray, and Sim is quite a draw. I also want to get to Montreal, too, just so I can pick up the French albums without paying the extra shipping charges. =)
It's only, what, a six hour drive from Toronto to Montreal? So tempting. . .