How To Keep The Crowds Moving At San Diego Comic-Con

There have been a number of explanations of why, this year, it was a lot easier to get around at San Diego Comic-Con. The fact that one of our reporters was able to do From One Side Of The Show To Another in just seven minutes was nothing more than miraculous.

But there were a couple of other reasons that may have helped get things moving.

For the first time, reporters or filming crews were banned from interviewing people in the main walkways of the show floor. They had to be inside a booth or up against a wall. This significantly prevented blocked hallways and rubber-necked the camera crews in the main thoroughfares.


Security and staff also sought to prevent people photographing cosplay in the  aisles. They moved people on, and placed several "step and repeat" 10×10 backdrops with the San Diego Comic-Con logo around the show, and people naturally chose those as areas to take photos against, rather than between booths. Indeed, people queued to use them, away from the mass crowd.

Look forward to more of these next year….

About Rich Johnston

Head writer and founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world. Living in London, father of two. Political cartoonist.

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