SDCC 2016: AOTC
The mecca of all nerdom has come and gone again this year. With every passing year, SDCC is the one convention that everyone wants to go to. Well at least within the geek community with a good portion of people having heard of this pconvention and comparing its magnitude and starpower to every other convention.
There’s many times people who’ve never been to a convention in their life ask me if Sheldon from Big Bang Theory will be at the convention I’m going to that month. Let’s get this on the record, a majority of all conventions are not like SDCC. SDCC is a hollywooddriven entity and will remain such for quite some time.
Most conventions will have a few celebrities, whether they are Alist or past celebs from geekloved shows. All conventions are not the same as this one, but a majority want to be this one in the future. I’m not sure if they want to be just the size and popularity or they want the hollywood influence interacting with their convention.
I don’t mind having a convention that has a lot of star power, since when do these little seen stars ever come to a convention during their prime? But we all have to remember that these are people just like you and me. When they are out and about on the floor or getting food, they want to enjoy the convention or their meal.
There’s too many people who go to this convention in hopes that they see their favorite star or to get exclusives to sell online. I’m all for hoping to see your favorite star, but there’s so much more to this convention than just the hollywood stars. The exclusives are something I’m not a big fan of, well at least wasting your entire weekend just to get something in a line full of people, who are most likely going to resell it for a profit.
This convention should be a celebration of all the pop culture fandoms and treated as such. This is no longer just a comic convention. Each and every year, you have the Nerdist putting on an awesome free area for everyone, including those who don’t have a badge. This doesn’t mean if you don’t have a badge, you should plan an entire trip just for these things. There’s a ton to do without a badge, but when you do something like that every year, plus all the others doing the same thing, we get into a clusterf**k of people. The hotel prices are just astronomical and the people who actually have badges have an even harder time getting a place to stay. Well one that’s close and affordable at any rate.
This year they implemented RFID chips in the badges. Just like NYCC, who’s been doing this for years, SDCC has caught up with the times. What does RFID mean? Well, this is a chip within your badge that will let the entrances to locations know if you’ve been in before or have been swapping your badge with someone else.
This is a great system, which seems to have kept a large amount of people out of the main vendor’s hall this year. This was the first time in years that I spent more than just the first hour in the main hall. For once, I could actually move around within the aisles and look around. It was still quite crowded, but nothing like the past 3 years I’ve been going. I’m not sure if more badge holders decided to check out panels or other things outside, but it could be a nice step helping to control the huge amount of crowds within the hall itself.
This year while walking around and checking things out, I got to play handler chan lite since our main handler was denied a badge for our outlet. Our handler will help make sure that all our friends are fed, watered, Monstered or taken care of. With a majority of conventions there’s someone issued by the convention to help, but you’re talking about smaller conventions without hollywood.
So, in order to fill his shoes, I was making sure our friends got everything that they needed. Usually it was some Monsters or water, but I was able to help a friend get a helper to make sure people weren’t just blocking the aisle to get photos instead of waiting in line.
This year was slightly different in Hall H from what I understand. Many of the major studios said they would not be showing any exclusives in that hall this year. This has come as no surprise, since for the past few years these exclusive viewings are leaked onto the internet within minutes or hours of the panel.
People who want to leak this are pretty scummy, in my opinion. They’ve taken something that was near and dear to the people who wait all night in that shitty line and ruined it. This creates a lack of trust in the production companies that I’m not sure we’ll ever regain. I’m not sure if it’s people within the geek community or the person who cares less about geekdom leaking it, but it’s a shame this has happened. I said it last year, something like this would happen and look what’s happenedexactly what I said.
As our little niche of fandom gets more and more mainstream, this convention will continue to be hard as hell to get into and find a hotel for each year. San Diego really needs to expand the convention center, since this one event brings in countless people. That being both badged and nonbadged people. San Diego needs to make sure SDCC is taken care of if they want to continue getting all the revenue this convention brings in each year.
Like every year, this convention is not the biggest for cosplay, since there’s so many people and a majority of them don’t pay attention to anything but themselves. So, bigger more badass costumes are not brought here, for good reasons. I’m not saying there weren’t some great costumes, but it’s nothing in comparison to other conventions like NYCC that boast similar ticket counts.
This year was the year of Zach Fischer costumes at SDCC. There wasn’t one, nor two, three oreven four, but five different costumes all designed by this amazing human being. His designs are highly sought after, since they are artfully designed by him for the person.
I’m just going to say that all his designs at this con were amazing. You had Doom and Gloom Princess bring her Gothel inspired piece. Then you had Reilena Cosplay dressing up as Maleficent. Then you had London doing the Queen of Hearts and then Aphelion doing the Evil Queen. Each of these women did such an amazing job on his designs. Each and everyone one of these women are immensely talented and brought an amazing design to life.
You might be saying to yourself, that’s only 4 Zach Fischer designs. Well you would be correct. Since those four were done within the same genre/universe of Disney, I had to leave the fifth for last. If you haven’t heard or seen the images from SDCC, then you might know who the fifth is.
Well, let me tell you the fifth was an amazing amalgamation of armor and a cute Miyazaki creature. If you haven’t guessed, the last lady is Jessica Nigri in a Necromancer Totoro.
Jessica never ceases to amaze me when it comes to cosplay and her talent. A lot of people just might think of her as a pretty face or nice something else, but let me tell you, she’s grown so much as a cosplayer and is much more than just those things. She’s one of the hardest working people I’ve ever met, but she’s also one of the most genuine ones as well. She loves what she does and all the people who help support her.
If you know of Jessica, you might also know of Fake Nerd Boy as well. We’ll this guy does the most amazing job at making sure her needs are taken care of while in costume. One could only hope to have someone half of what he is to help out as handler.
Reilena and Vertvixen were both working the Sideshow Collectibles booth this year. Reilena brought her Keir out again. This costume is purely amazing and something you should see in person. Vertvixen also killed her costume of Shard. Both costumes are based off the Sideshow collectibles collection of the Court of the Dead. If you haven’t seen anything by Sideshow, then you should go check them out, their statues are so detailed and amazing. They are a little pricey, but that’s what you get with a high quality statue is a little higher price. Well worth it? I think so, but everyone has their own opinion.
There were a couple of the friends working various booths this year and I’m happy that more companies are employing these amazing people at conventions. This just goes to show that cosplay is more than just something walking around. These are extremely talented artists in their own right.
I would like more conventions to make sure that they are booking these talent artists as guests. They are quite like the conventional artists you see in artists alley, but they are most of the time overlooked. We need to make sure our voices are heard and let the conventions know that we want more cosplayers to be guests. This helps us see cosplayers who might not normally attend our convention, since they aren’t from the same area at the convention. Let’s get out there and let the cons know cosplay is an artform.
As always, the people I get to see and hang out with at conventions is what really help make it great for me. I would like to thank a few people: Alex Halcyon, Killers and Company, Mike Saffels, Dave Yang, Martin Wong, Maid of Might, Rian Synth, Handler chan, Reilena, Doom and Gloom Princess, Aphelion, Zach Fischer, London, Penny, Super Mary Face, Holly Wolf and others. There’s always more people to thank and what not, but Dave and crew thank you for always making me feel welcome. And a very special thank you to Americo and Ed. Couldn’t have done this trip without you two.
Now, let’s all get out there and support our conventions and make some new friends!!!!