Podcast #41 – Comic Con International Preview

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by Howie Decker @HowardTheDeck

in Podcast

Comic Con International continues to grow leaps and bounds each year – but has it grown TOO much?

It’s another year of ‘firsts’ at what used to be called the San Diego Comic Con! Changed to Comic Con International in 1995, the event has become about much more than comics and the comic book culture.

Wikipedia sums it up best: “Originally showcasing comic books, science fiction/fantasy and film/television, and related popular arts, the convention now includes a larger range of pop culture elements, such as horror, animation, animemanga, toys, collectible card games, video games, webcomics, and fantasy novels.”

2012 marks the first year of the “Opening Night Welcome Party”, as well as other additions to the Con meant to enhance the overall experience.

We take a look at ‘What’s New’ at the Con as well as some of the event’s storied history.


In this episode:

  • Corey, Howie & Googs try to operate Voltron with only 3 lions
  • a preview of some of the popular and not-so-popular panels
  • 2012 SDCC Exclusives – what merch (yes, toys!) would you want most?
  • The pros & cons of NOT going to Comic Con
  • Sharing a bathroom with Lou Ferrigno
  • AMC’s “Fixing Good” & “The Laying Alive”


Fogs (of Fogs Movie Reviews) will be covering Comic Con for Cineplex.com.

The League of Extraordinary Bloggers we discussed, formed by Brian at Cool and Collected.

The site we gushed about — shezcrafti


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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Fogs July 10, 2012 at 1:08 pm

Some running comments as I listen, gents..

1) Yes. Scheduling decisions are the crux of your success at the Con. The schedule drops two weeks or so before the show, and that’s the time you need to make TOUGH decisions about what to see or not see. Because, depending on the popularity of the panel, you need to be in line at least AT LEAST 2-3 hours prior to your event if you want to be sure to get in. One does not simply walk into Panels at the start, LOL. Some of the smaller ones, an hour to an hour and a half might do.
2) Petco (where they’re having the “Zombie Walk”) is right across the street from the Convention center. If you had a good arm, you could throw a baseball from one to another.
3) Corey, the Walking Dead comic is great, you should check it out.
4) Howie, there’s no such thing as a “Time Killer” at Comic-Con. If you’re not actively in line for a panel, or eating, or blogging, 😀 you would be wandering the floor, exploring, seeing all the people in costumes, wandering the vendors, looking at all the displays. It is freaking crazy. One does not “Kill Time” at SDCC
5) Hall H has bathrooms, thankfully. Because you wouldnt be able to bail and come back in. No need for pickle jars
6) Howie, YES, you may dedicate a whole day to getting in to one panel. VERY much so.
7) It’s nice to hear you guys give so much love to the small panels. They’re a lot of fun, and if I wasn’t “Covering” things now, I’d be hitting a lot more of them. They’re easier to get into, and much more intimate.
8) Yes, Sunday is “getaway” day. That’s a great day to do your shopping. There’s no panel conflicts, and vendors always mark down their stock in order to get rid of it at the last minute so they dont have to ship it home, can grab the last minute cash, etc. It’s also a great day to hit the autograph area, and get some sigs.
9) That IS an awesome Idea, Corey… the “Big Brother coverage”

All in all though, that was a fun podcast to listen to. I’m a big Comic-Con fan, and listening to you guys get psyched helped get me psyched, and that’s the point of all of this! 😀 I’m certain your listeners will enjoy that very much.

Next year I want on! 😀


Howie Decker July 10, 2012 at 1:24 pm

Fogs! This is exactly what we wanted – real feedback from an experienced Con-goer. Corey actually wanted to have you on this ep but we got together last minute and knew you were about to travel. Next year for sure, but even better – when you get back we can have you on to give some overall impressions and recap of the trip (if you want). Have fun, and thanks for the comments!


Fogs July 10, 2012 at 1:28 pm

If you have interest, hell yeah, I’d be more than happy to… sounds like a blast…

Hit me up through my Gmail, and we’ll talk it out!


shezcrafti July 10, 2012 at 2:01 pm

Thanks for the nice mention, guys! And remember that’s ShezCrafti with a “z.” I’m one of those edgy kids who like Phineas and “Herb” and meth. (#notreally)


Howie Decker July 10, 2012 at 4:01 pm

Oh no! Did I say or type it without a ‘z’ somewhere? My bad if so. I was so careful.. I always screw up site names and Twitter handles.

I’m glad I’m not the only Phineas & Herb fan.

Thanks for listening and commenting! Expect us to keep linking to your site in the Scoop of the Day because it’s bad ass and such.


Count Marzo July 10, 2012 at 6:29 pm

The He-Man anniversary is the 30th this year. It’s the 25th for the live action movie.

Every year I really want to go to comic con, but I know I’ll hate it. I HATE standing in lines for hours and I hate being bumped into by a crowd constantly (esp when it’s hot as hell). It would just be so awesome to go to panels and see the stuff in person. But I’m perfectly happy with my broke ass starin at my laptop as the pics/vis roll in.


Count Marzo July 10, 2012 at 7:01 pm

Correction now that I’m deeper into the ‘cast: Masters of the UniVORSE. 😉

Great episode guys. Fed my podcast discussion needs this week with the incoming excitement of Comic Con as well as your usual creative comedy entertainment. 😀


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