There are no words to describe the 2007 San Diego Comic Con. Big just doesn't work, and neither does immense or gargantuan. Pictures hardly do it justice, the herds of geeks and nerds looking miniscule in simple digital photographs, but they come close. The only true way to understand the scope of this four-day pinnacle of popular culture is to stand in the middle of the crowds, surrounded on all sides by super-heroes, Final Fantasy characters, and lots and lots of Jedi, and allow yourself to be overwhelmed by it. At any moment, these cosplayers could snap and overthrow the city government, declaring what was once a beautiful California city as a new safe haven for fanboys and girls, a nation unto itself. No force on this earth could stop them. Not even deodorant.
What was once a simple convention for the comic industry and its loyal fanbase is now an international media launching pad, giving Hollywood the quick and easy path to the genre fans. Mere yards from a tiny booth manned by independent artists hoping to sell a few copies of their basement-pressed trade paperback is an ear-shattering monolith promoting ABC Family's new fall lineup, pressed up against Hasbro's impromptu warehouse of collectable G.I. Joe figures and ultra-rare Transformers playsets. On the opposite side of the floor are comic and collectable retailers, companies selling the perfect lightsaber replica for your rendition of what Anakin should have looked like, and racks of vintage comics as large as some town libraries.
Rob "Gaald" Borges and I found ourselves in the center of all this craziness, and the pictures in the gallery below are just a small taste of our experience. There was a lot of excitement for the various panels over the weekend, like the unveiling of Iron Man footage and Watchmen posters, but all our time was spent in the heart of the exhibition floor, getting a glimpse of the highs and lows of modern fandom. Many AA batteries died to bring you these photos. Enjoy.
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