Here we go again...
I read an article on a web site a couple of days ago about the San Diego Comic Con experience. It talked about all the things you have to do to get a badge, an hotel room, a parking spot, dealing with the lines for everything, the struggle of moving upstream in a sea of people and, of course, the frustration of not been able to get into a panel after waiting in line for hours on end.
This is all true. We have been there.
We all have experienced at least one of these frustrations, and when we tell family members and\or friends about waiting in line for 2 hours just to get a raffle ticket that might give us the chance to get the (signature, toy or seat) for that show\actor\actress\personality that we like so much, we can hear what they are thinking, it is coming loud and clear: "what is wrong with you two?"
That is a good question. I am not a doctor but my best guess is that nothing is really "wrong" us. We like comics, movies, Anime, Manga, Sci-Fi, Horror, costumes, movies and several TV shows, and I am willing to bet that the majority of the humans in this planet share if not all, some of these characteristics as well.
I will concede to you that "the San Diego Comic Con experience" is not for every one. You will not only need a pair of good walking shoes, but a state of mind that can shield you from the unavoidable frustrations that are part of this experience. In a convention of this size, it is almost guaranteed that stuff is going to go wrong at some point.
Just like a marathon, or mountain climbing, this is an endurance test and either you get so frustrated that you swear off Comic Con for good or you let it roll down your back, lick your wounds, check your schedule and go for the next panel!
I wonder how many marathon runners or mountain climbers like comics, movies, Anime, Manga, Sci-Fi, Horror, costumes, movies and several TV shows?