On Friday, Bleeding Cool showed you From One Side Of San Diego Comic-Con Special Edition To The Other in video form, even if it didn't start out that way. But that was before the doors had opened and the public had flocked in. Here instead is From One Side Of San Diego Comic-Con Special Edition To The Other on the Final Day, towards the end of the show, and some folk were leaving, and the event was winding down… but still full of joy, wonder and excitement.
And then it was all over, and we wandered into the Gaslamp District, where I am sat right now typing this with a burrito and ice tea. I have succumbed.
You could also check out a showfloor gallery – and then another from the following day, We had a very popular cosplay gallery over the weekend too. You could even check out the mayor of San Diego opening Comic-Con Museum up in Balboa Park. I had some big first thoughts about the show and am preparing some last thoughts now…
San Diego Comic-Con International is a comic book convention and nonprofit multi-genre entertainment event held annually in San Diego, California since 1970. The name, as given on its website, is Comic-Con International: San Diego; but it is commonly known simply as Comic-Con or the San Diego Comic-Con or "SDCC". The convention was founded as the Golden State Comic Book Convention in 1970 by a group of San Diegans that included Shel Dorf, Richard Alf, Ken Krueger, and Mike Towry; later, it was called the "San Diego Comic Book Convention", Dorf said during an interview that he hoped the first Con would bring in 500 attendees. Originally showcasing primarily comic books and science fiction/fantasy related film, television, and similar popular arts, the convention has since included a larger range of pop culture and entertainment elements across virtually all genres, including horror, Western animation, anime, manga, toys, collectible card games, video games, webcomics, and fantasy novels. In 2010 and each year subsequently, it filled the San Diego Convention Center to capacity with more than 130,000 attendees. In addition to drawing huge crowds, the event holds several Guinness World Records including the largest annual comic and pop culture festival in the world. San Diego Comic-Con had been canceled twice due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 2020 marked the first time that San Diego Comic-Con had missed a year since its establishment. An "SDCC@Home" digital streaming event was held during the same time period as a replacement for the 2020 event, and again in 2021. However in November, with the restoration of international flights and widespread vaccination, the producers have put on a smaller show. "While we have been able to pivot from in-person gatherings to limited online events, the loss of revenue has had an acute impact on the organization as it has with many small businesses, necessitating reduced work schedules and reduction in pay for employees, among other issues," said David Glanzer, spokesperson for the nonprofit organization Comic-Conn International. "Hopefully this event will shore up our financial reserves and mark a slow return to larger in-person gatherings in 2022." Here's hoping!