My wife and I were going through the garage one weekend, trying to get things cleaned up and organized, when we pulled out a big pile of boxes marked “con-stuff”, things that we had collected over the years from various and sundry conventions.
Well, after sorting through all of it, I decided to scan a bunch of the program guide covers from San Diego Comic-con that we’ve been to. Keep in mind, I started going in the mid 70s and went straight through until 2009 when we gave up because it stopped being fun. I know I didn’t keep a lot of the early guides and some have been lost over the years, but here’s a selection from the mid 80s until 2009 at least. Enjoy.
And yes, we can still go if we want, but we just don’t want to, even for free because we get in as professionals. San Diego is just too small for an event of this size, the convention center simply cannot handle it, which is why it spills all over the place, and because it’s a media con, not a comic convention, Hollywood has completely spoiled all of the fun that it used to be. So… we just don’t go anymore. We moved to Wondercon, which I’ll put up program guide covers for next.
I wish it was what it once was, but so long as it remains in San Diego, I will never go again. It just isn’t fun. It’s a disaster with too many people in too small a place, where you can’t get in to see anything, you can’t get through the dealer’s room without facing a constant human log jam and really, it’s become the epitome of a professional convention. All for the money, not at all for the fans. So pass. It was a great run though, I went for 30-ish years straight, but all great things have to come to an end, I guess. RIP Comic-con. You used to be great.