The Con seemed to be a bit disorganized this year which was most likely due to having more work to do with not enough volunteers. If you think you might have interest in helping next year, pay their site a visit: Comic-Con International. One of the most notable changes this year was the registration process. Badges were not sent in the mail this year which required that they be picked up at the event. For us this seemed to go smoothly, but I can’t speak for everyone.
The programming for this years event seemed pretty comprehensive, but unfortunately we didn’t get partake in much of it, due to the fact that we spent most of our time on the floor. There were panels from everything from Star Wars to Spiderman, with speakers such as John Romita Sr and Jr, Todd McFarlain, Stan Lee, Stan Winston, and even Arnold Swartzenegger. The Autograph area seemed a little smaller and had a “last minute” feeling to it this year, but all things considered, we were very happy with the Autograph Signers this year. There were people like Jason Lee, Warwick Davis, Elvira, and Asia Argento just to name a few.
The masquerade this year was uneventful and while there were a couple of notable costumes, but nothing that jumped out and really got my attention. I have seen photos and read reviews from previous masquerade competitions and each year it seems to diminish just a bit. In my opinion, this year wasn’t as good as last year. For the second year in a row, there was a bonus night for attendees who had signed up for the full four days. This is a great night to get an early look at the exhibition floor and the vendors. Great for making the rounds, noting who has what and buying anything you might want before it sells out.
Exhibitors included Sony Play Station, Activision, Blue Box Toys, Side Show Toys, just to name a few. Here are a couple of pictures from the Plastic Fantasies, Babe Force and Pioneer areas. Thursday brought the official opening of the 2002 San Diego Comic Con, and while traditionally there were lines that went down the street just to get in, that was not found this time due to a huge Tanker truck accident which closed Highway 5 for the rest of the day. Several people ended up late or not at all.