The primary in-person Comedian-Con for the reason that COVID-19 pandemic started wrapped up in downtown San Diego on Sunday.
Right here’s a have a look at the sights and sounds of the popular culture convergence and some observations after its two-year absence.
A COVID-Protected Crowd
Some returning followers discovered this yr’s Comedian-Con to be barely much less crowded, though the conference was again to its full measurement of greater than 130,000 folks over the four-day occasion. Whereas nonetheless crowded on the exhibit ground, there was room to maneuver and among the strains for panels and occasions didn’t appear as lengthy.
The COVID-19 pandemic remained a priority as all attendees needed to put on face coverings and supply proof of vaccination or unfavorable exams. To the credit score of attendees, an awesome majority of individuals adopted the principles and stored their masks on contained in the San Diego Conference Heart and different amenities that hosted panels and occasions.
Oh certain, there have been a couple of folks whose masks didn’t snugly cowl their noses, and a few folks may very well be seen not carrying their masks quickly. But it surely appeared that most individuals behaved and adopted the principles.
The ‘Activations’ Had been Spectacular
Film and TV studios go all out to design elaborate “activations” to advertise their upcoming productions. This yr’s most spectacular activation might have been the Netflix website for his or her new motion film, “The Grey Man.”
Situated in a car parking zone close to the New Youngsters’s Museum, the activation featured a life-size tram crashed right into a constructing. Followers needed to enter the again of the tram and full three challenges designed to check their considering expertise, power and pace.
The final problem concerned operating on high of the tram as smoke and sparklers went off behind them. This was filmed in order that followers may later obtain a video of their exploits to submit to social media.
Followers Weren’t The Solely Ones Excited
Followers weren’t the one ones excited to be again in particular person for Comedian-Con. A number of actors, creators and celebrities commented on the return of Comedian-Con.
“I’ve not actually been in entrance of individuals in two years. That is nice,” stated Chris Hardwick, host of the “Speaking Useless” tv present speaking to a big crowd in Corridor H as he moderated a panel with the solid and crew of “The Strolling Useless.”
A New Group of Cosplayers
As typical, quite a lot of followers attended Comedian-Con in costumer. Cosplayers, as they’re known as, included a number of of the same old, together with “Spider-Man” and “Batman.” However there have been a couple of new gamers, together with “Starlight” from Amazon Prime Video’s over-the-top superhero satire, “The Boys.”
“That is actually a secure place to be a brilliant nerd and costume up,” joked Mike Choose, creator of “Beavis and Butt-Head.”
The Valet ‘Minions’ Assist Out
Don’t know if this was a labor motion or self-deprecating humor however valets on the Courtyard by Marriot Lodge wore vivid yellow “Minion” t-shirts.
Comedian-Con Is Nonetheless Costly
Sure, Comedian-Con could be costly, even should you reside right here and don’t must pay for accommodations. Indicators marketed parking at one resort of $80. One other location was promoting $50 parking.
See you in 2023
Lastly, for these holding observe, Comedian-Con is about for July 20-23 subsequent yr, with preview evening on July 19.
Luis Monteagudo Jr. is a contract author and popular culture fanatic. He has written for The San Diego Union-Tribune, USA In the present day and quite a few different publications.