So as some of you may know, last year the Century Comics team went to Comic Con for the first time! And for those of you who read our first impressions, you saw that we had a few issues with the event, only a few, but that doesn’t mean we can’t hope that the event improved right? So here’s how we hope the event improved.
- Less Lotteries – Now, we understand that Comic Con is a big event and most booths would be sold out of anything they brought if they didn’t have some form of moderation, but when it gets to the point where you have to enter a lottery to get the chance to reserve a parking spot or a hotel room, that’s when it gets a little bit excessive. All we’re suggesting is that they cut down on the amount of lotteries to enter lotteries to enter lotteries to be able to possibly purchase something.
- More Room to Walk – Again, we understand that Comic Con is a big event, which means a lot of booths, but when you’re bumping elbows with your fellow con goers while you’re trying to get to say… the Marvel booth, it gets rid of some of the excitement. Plus, it’s not fun to get hit by one of these bags, as useful as they are.
- Enforcement of Rules – So, before you go to the event, you should read rules on the SDCC website, those rules vary from No Strollers, to No Selfie Sticks. But despite the fact that they have these rules posted for people to see, you will see people with strollers walking around the convention hall, right in front of convention staff or security. Do you see something wrong with this?
- An Age Limit – Another thing that could keep you from enjoying the event to it’s fullest potential, kids too young to be at the event. Remember when we said there were people with strollers walking through the convention halls? Well they had to be used for something, or someone for that matter. The people who weren’t using those strollers to carry things, were often accompanied by children ranging from 1 to 5 years old, an age that kids typically don’t know better or fully understand what the event is actually for. By the way, this is coming from a currently 17 year old who was 16 at the time of his first Comic Con!
- More VIP Experiences – Perhaps one of the smaller things on this list, we didn’t think there was enough VIP experiences, don’t think they would sell? How much money would you spend to meet somebody like Stan Lee and get 2-3 minutes to talk to him? What about Chris Evans? Stephen Amell? Exactly. We see no reason to have as few of these experiences as there is, it’s Comic Con.
So, since we’ve pointed out some issues, how do we recommend they fix them? I mean, we’re not the people actually running the convention and we’ve never been in charge of one after all, well, here’s how we recommend you fix these issues.
- How to fix the Lottery Issue – You can keep some lotteries for some of the booths, like the Funko booth, but for the larger booths or smaller booths, prepare for the amount of anticipated people, and if you either run out of freebies or you still have freebies, so be it.
- How to handle VIP Experiences – Well, perhaps you should get rid of a couple of the smaller panels and instead, use those now empty rooms for the experiences, put the writer, actor, director, whatever they are, put them in that room with a couple of tables and some security to make sure nobody gets any bright ideas, we are dealing with celebrities and random people here.
- How to Enforce Rules and an Age Limit – Security, security, security. Most of these people are openly breaking the rules, you have security patrolling through the convention halls and the panels, just make sure that they are aware of the rules you have listed, and make sure they know what to do in case they see anybody breaking these rules.
- How to fix the Issue with Space – Well, from what we’ve heard there have been plans from the owners of the convention center to expand, this would definitely help, except the plans have been talked about for a couple of years now with no sign of any progress. So what do we suggest? Well, either you actually go through with these plans, or you change locations.