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      •  Note (sarc) tag. 

        Been going to the con since 86. It went nuclear crowd wise when the movies started using it as a sort of fantasy geek’s Aspen. Now just trying to move from one end of the dealers room to the other is like trying to get on a Japanese subway during rush hour. Five years ago you could still walk into popular panels – now if you’re not there an hour ahead of time you’re hosed.

      •  Note (sarc) tag. 

        Been going to the con since 86. It went nuclear crowd wise when the movies started using it as a sort of fantasy geek’s Aspen. Now just trying to move from one end of the dealers room to the other is like trying to get on a Japanese subway during rush hour. Five years ago you could still walk into popular panels – now if you’re not there an hour ahead of time you’re hosed.

        • That’s sad to hear…  I hear it’s gotten a lot worse since the Twilight started. 
          Won’t get better, either.
          I would imagine the hotel rates around the area have gone astronomical since “geek” became “chic.”

          (It’s not…  The studios are just trying to create a guaranteed audience for the next year’s blockbusters…  and a bunch of the suckers in attendance still fall for the manipulation.)

          I’ve gotta admit — unless I had a specific WORK-RELATED reason to go to SDCC, I don’t think I could stand going.  Too many people, too much hassle, and I’ve been out of the target audience demo since the late 1990s.

          Since more cons have popped up around the country, there’s no point in 95% of us going unless there’s some business reason.  I’m sure not going to pay for “exclusive collectibles” or autographs from the same guys I can pick up from local cons.

          I just don’t appreciate the razzle-dazzle anymore for bloated films.  When you figure the Star Wars franchise has gotten as bad as it has in recent years, time to get off the bullet train before it falls over the cliff!

        • That’s sad to hear…  I hear it’s gotten a lot worse since the Twilight started. 
          Won’t get better, either.
          I would imagine the hotel rates around the area have gone astronomical since “geek” became “chic.”

          (It’s not…  The studios are just trying to create a guaranteed audience for the next year’s blockbusters…  and a bunch of the suckers in attendance still fall for the manipulation.)

          I’ve gotta admit — unless I had a specific WORK-RELATED reason to go to SDCC, I don’t think I could stand going.  Too many people, too much hassle, and I’ve been out of the target audience demo since the late 1990s.

          Since more cons have popped up around the country, there’s no point in 95% of us going unless there’s some business reason.  I’m sure not going to pay for “exclusive collectibles” or autographs from the same guys I can pick up from local cons.

          I just don’t appreciate the razzle-dazzle anymore for bloated films.  When you figure the Star Wars franchise has gotten as bad as it has in recent years, time to get off the bullet train before it falls over the cliff!

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