Well, I'm out.
I've gotten a pass the last few years by doing the"press badge" thing, but man, Comic-Con has become a pain to attend.
If passes sell out on the first day, how much worse is it going to get if they print MORE passes? I read numbers that were something like 120,000 people last year. It just seems to get worse.
Air fare is expensive. A hotel somewhat near the con will run a ton even if you're splitting a room. The major panels fill up to the brim -- even Hall H had an overflow for WATCHMEN last year!
The con at this point is WAY overbooked. I used to enjoy going to a couple of panels and just wandering the floor to meet pros. And I had a great time -- I met people like Marty Krofft and Berke Breathed, who weren't even on the printed guest list.
But at this point, it's become something where you have to obsessively plan every aspect of your day in advance just to get in to a few panels or even a post-con restaurant. The last time I went, 2007, I was too exhausted after each day to even make the Hyatt Bar!
If you haven't been, I say Comic-Con is worth doing at least once. But it's like you need a combination of heroin and horse steroids to get through it at this point.
Cons are fun when you get to meet a few friends, hang out, maybe even buy a few comics. But Comic-Con has reached the point that every time I go, I get home feeling lucky I wasn't trampled to death.
Anyone else put off by Comic-Con?