Like my esteemed colleague Kevin Kelly, I too have had a little time to relax and reflect on my recent Comic-Con International experience. Although I don't have nearly the amount of photos he has, I do have a few thoughts as to what news, events, problems and other things hit home for me during the four and a half glorious days that made up Comic-Con International 2007.
As I mentioned in a previous post, I've been attending the Comic-Con for many years now. During that time I've watched it grow from an event held in a hotel attended by thousands of hard-core comic book fans eagerly trading comics and excitedly talking about their favorite comic book covers, characters, artists, writers and story arcs to a giant, unwieldy beast seemingly driven not by a love of sequential art but by the Hollywood PR machine.
The event used to be about comic books and the people who make them. Now, it seems to be about movies and TV shows and the people who make them. At least in years past, the majority of movie or TV shows on display at the Con had some loose association with comics. Not this year. For example, I like Russell Crowe and Christian Bale and 3:10 to Yuma looks like an interesting film, but I'm pretty sure it has nothing to do with comics -- except that Bale plays Batman in Batman Begins and the upcoming Batman: The Dark Knight.