After hearing about the famous San Diego Comicon for so many years, I was excited to learn that DC was finally getting its own convention. Granted, the scale was just a tad smaller, but the good folks who put together the first DC Comicon did an admirable job. Frank Cho and Herb Trimpe were the biggest names at the event, but there were plenty of other artists who were sketching and inking away.
Disclaimer: I have not been a comic collector for 20 years, but I thought I owed it to my reader (yes, the ‘s’ was left off intentionally) to check out the event. There were dozens of vendors with plenty of comics. Even though I no longer collect comics, it was really difficult to not drop some serious coin on a vintage comic or two.
I was expecting to see more non-comic book items for sale. There were a few vendors with original art for sale and a small number of action figures, but that was about it. And where was the swag? I got a plastic Iron Man cup and a poster. Where were all the toy companies and movie companies? Where was Jon Favreau and Robert Downey, Jr.? I guess my expectations were a bit high.
It also would have been nice to have some kid-friendly activity or event. I took one of my sons and he was not impressed at all. He’s still young, but just one bit of excitement could have turned him into a future comic book collector on the spot.
Overall, the first DC Comicon was a good start, and I hope to see it return again next year.