Wednesday, July 29, 2009

How To Fix Comic Con: One Attendee's Opinion


-POPped by ReevesReel-

Well, as I posted earlier, the focus of my experience this year was being on a panel for the first time. But what I think would help the whole experience (besides moving it to a bigger venue. Is there one? Wouldn't we miss San Diego?) would be to extend the convention to a week. Monday through Sunday. Split it up like they do Siggraph (a CGI convention) half the week with panels, the other half with exhibits. More business for San Diego, more time to get everything done.

The problem with moving it to a bigger space is that it will fill up no matter what. There's some scientific principle behind that, but I don't know what it is. As we've seen, limiting memberships doesn't help. The con sells out and we still can't get through the hallways. They could sell half as many memberships or double the price (or both), but would that make anyone truly happy? Besides, not all attendees purchase passes. I was there on a Professional Pass and a buddy was there with Press.

So, extending the con to a week could work. We can still have all the important stuff on the weekends: Fan Film Awards, Masquerade, Star Wars Day. But spread out the other stuff so you don't have to choose between Cartoon Voices and Futurama or Kevin Smith and The Venture Brothers. Or more importantly, the Masquerade and my panel with Olivia Munn.

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