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If you’ve been watching the Major Spoilers website these last couple of weeks, you know there is a huge comic book convention going on in San Diego, California.  The show sold out over a month ago, and hotel rooms went the first day, so anyone who wasn’t on the ball, is now sitting on their couch or chair at the office suffering from SDCC Non-Attendance Remorse.

To help you get over your suffering, we take a look at five reasons you should be glad you didn’t go to the largest North American comic book convention of the year.

1.  125,000+ people

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Hanging around the comic shop with your friends is pretty cool, even when the “crowd” comes in on Wednesday to pick up their new shipment.  Now take that number and multiply it by 50,000 and you get the idea of just how crowded the convention show floor can be.  And let’s face facts, of those 125,000+ people running around pushing and shoving you, half of them will have “forgotten” their deodorant.  Probably not a big deal if you are 6’5”, but shorties at pit height are going to be glad they’re hanging out on the Barcalounger instead of swimming in pit-stain heaven.

2.  More time to read comics

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We know it is fun running from booth to booth and diving into the bins in the dealer section, but really, at a show like SDCC, there’s no time to read the stuff you buy, let alone the new comics released this week until you get home.

3.  Money Savings Galore

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Yes, I too really wish I was at the show to snag some of the con exclusives, and purchase some original art, but barring that, hotel expense, airfare, and $10 hot dogs on the show floor – I’m exaggerating here, but not by much – really take a toll on one’s wallet.  While there are many artists who might do sketches for free, many charge high rates, and there’s no guarantee you’ll be able to get your favorite artist to do a doodle for you.

For those really dying for a sketch or show exclusive, I suggest eBay (that’s where I’m headed on Monday morning), or visiting the artist’s website to see if they do commissions via the ‘net.  That’s what I did with Gene Gonzales and his non-con-sketch-auctions.

4.  See Dark Knight Again (and again)

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With all the comic fans in San Diego, that means fewer people in line at the multiplex waiting to see Dark Knight.  Take that money saved by not flying and you can see Dark Knight five more times before Sunday evening.

5.  Enjoy the show virtually

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With all the blogs, websites (Major Spoilers included), twitters, podcasts, video blogs, and more covering the show, there’s no need to step foot in San Diego to enjoy a comic convention.

I’ve been attending major conventions for over 10 years (National Association of Broadcasters, SIGGRAPH, Consumer Electronics Show, Home Builders Show, and so on), and for the last two years, I’ve made it a point not to attend the CES and NAB, because I end up getting the news faster online than I do from actually being there.

So there you go.  Hopefully you feel better about not being able to attend the convention this year, perhaps in the future you’ll be able to attend Comic Con International: San Diego, or one of the other hundred comic book conventions that are closer in proximity.

The Author

Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher began his career writing for the Digital Media Online community of sites, including Digital Producer and Creative Mac covering all aspects of the digital content creation industry. He then moved on to consumer technology, and began the Coolness Roundup podcast. A writing fool, Stephen has freelanced for Sci-Fi Channel's Technology Blog, and Gizmodo. Still longing for the good ol' days, Stephen launched Major Spoilers in July 2006, because he is a glutton for punishment.

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7 Comments

  1. July 24, 2008 at 4:35 pm — Reply

    Right now I’m enjoying the Marvel X Men Panel live coverage.

    http://www.marvel.com/news/comicstories.4164

    From the comfort of my own room…it may be as warm as SD right now, but I have a massive fan and no worries of bad b.o. entering my vicinity.

    I’d feel better if Twitter would come back up though.

  2. hermit
    July 25, 2008 at 1:39 am — Reply

    any of the MS crew at san diego??

  3. July 25, 2008 at 8:05 am — Reply

    hermit: not this year, for various reasons. Perhaps next year we’ll go and have a booth. A sponsor would be good…

  4. Anonymous
    July 25, 2008 at 8:41 am — Reply

    I made a mistake with the date they were open for hotel reservations (i thought 9th instead of 6th) and i missed out on the best con in history. I never thought i could ever feel this crappy!!! Next year is going to be lame as not a lot of movies or tv stuff happening. Hopefully, a con like this returns while i’m still young enough to enjoy it.

  5. boundsj1830
    July 28, 2008 at 10:18 am — Reply

    The level of body odor at 10 in the morning on Thursday was pretty amazing.

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