SAN DIEGO (KOIN 6) — Some people are fans, and some people are fans.
Comic-Con International: San Diego started in 1970 as a one-day event with little more than 100 people in attendance. That’s not the Comic-Con of today, with three of the last four years boasting crowds of more than 130,000.
And what used to be defined strictly by comic books and science fiction has grown to include pop culture, with actor panels from celebrated television series like “Game of Thrones” being some of the biggest annual draws.
KOIN’s morning executive producer, Jerry McCormick, fought through the thousands of convention-goers to attend this year’s Comic-Con. Because Jerry is a fan.
So Comic-Con 2014…what on earth was that like?
I’ve gotta say, this was the most fun and frustrating Comic-Con yet. I moved to San Diego in 1999 and back then you could buy tickets to the event the DAY OF. You could even park downtown and the most you had to wait to get into a panel was 30 to 45 minutes.
This year people waited in line starting at 2 p.m. for an event that didn’t happen until 27 hours later.
Comic-Con was clearly overwhelmed by the crowds this year and it showed.
They instituted a wristband policy where they were going to give out wristbands at 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. for some of the lines. But because people started lining up so early in anticipation of the wrist bands, they gave them out early and ran out early.
Had you been before?
I’ve been to the San Diego Comic Con for 13 years. You name it, they have it there. I’m looking forward to going to Wizard World in Portland in a few months.
Who’d you really want to see?
Honestly, the cast of Superman v Batman Dawn of Justice. I was happy they were there and we got to see the new Wonder Woman costume. I am not a fan, it looks too much like Xena: Warrior Princess for my taste.
Also, the Marvel panel. I wanted to see the first footage from “Avengers: Age of Ultron” and it delivered. This movie is going to be amazeballs! I had heard rumors they were going to bring the full cast and they did, except for Scarlett Johansson, who is pregnant and couldn’t make it.
Who’d you get to see? Favorite(s)?
I saw everybody! Paul Rudd, Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Douglas, Samuel Jackson, Robert Downey Junior. And that’s in ONE day.
Did you dress up?
Other than being a fabulous black man? No. I never dress up.
Craziest costume you saw?
I saw so many crazy costumes! One that stands out was this scary monster thing with babies trying to escape. I’m trying to block that out!
Comic-Con 2015 in plans for you?
As if I would miss it!