Sunshine once again drenches the city of San Diego as it bathes in the glow of another glorious summer’s day. The streets of the old Gaslamp District are packed with people as Comic-Con has arrived and the carnival is in full swing.
Every year the conference centre is filled to bursting point with fans and followers of everything associated with science fiction, superheroes, cult movies and comic books.
Not only is it a gathering of all things geek, Comic-Con has become by far the biggest single cinematic event in terms of news and announcements. It focuses the sci-fi, cult movie and comic genres and while you might think it doesn’t relate to you, what you have to remember is that a vast amount of modern media dips into it. Batman, Spiderman, The X-Men, Superman, The Watchmen, Iron Man and Star Trek all fall into this category. And most people have watched at least one of these. Only the Academy Awards puts more movie stars in one place.
This is an environment where you can be, and probably will be, judged on how worthy you are of being there simply by the T-shirt you’re wearing. Your level of knowledge, your degree of enthusiasm and ultimately your geek credibility rating are all assessed in a second by a simple glance as to what’s on your chest. A bog-standard Batman logo T-shirt for instance, is little more than a token attempt and you’d be considered an amateur. However, if you had one with the Kirby Silver Surfer on it, or a in a Silver Age Flash t-shirt, then you will have earned kudos.