CCI, Day 2: CBR Photo Parade
Another day at Comic-Con International, another photo parade. Trains, creators and unfortunate costumes are the highlights of the day. Oh, and just how crowded is it?
It’s only half over.
Man, it’s 1:00 in the morning and here I sit setting up today’s photo parade. What am I doing? I should be sleeping! But see, this is what I do – I slave and slave and slave for you, the viewing audience, who didn’t have the time or money or inclination or whatever to make it to Comic-Con International in sunny San Diego. This is what I do.
It was a crazy day for me, filled with film interviews (you’ll see those on the site in the coming week – too much to transcribe) and meetings and walking the con floor and trying not to get trampled by Storm Troopers. One of the regular discussions had at the convention is just how busy it is. On Thursday, everyone was saying it felt like a Saturday, traditionally the busiest day of the convention. On Friday, everyone was shocked at just how busy it was – noticeably more crowded than Thursday. So, everyone asks, “What the hell is Saturday going to be like?” See, Saturday isn’t just the day that people have off work and have time to go to the show. It’s also the day the looky-loos show up at the con, who are just here for the spectacle. For example, a good friend of mine, who has no interest in comics, is coming down to the show on Saturday. I’ve warned her that it’s going to be packed, possibly warm, and a lot overwhelming, so she’s prepared. I’m really curious to hear what her experience is like. And of course we’re all curious to see exactly how busy the show will be.
One thing I’ve noticed about this convention is how well covered – pretty much over covered – this convention is. Between the bloggers, fan press, comics press, local media and professional press, you almost don’t need to go to the show anymore! Now, I’m not suggesting you not come to the show, not at all, but I’m just trying to illustrate how well covered this show is at this point. Do a Google News search and you’ll see what I mean. Of course, there’s no way to really capture the convention experience without actually being here – it truly is a spectacle.
Before we get on to the photos, remember how yesterday I told you the freight trains that run along side the convention center can really screw things up for people? Well, today at 9:00 AM I snapped the following photos.
That’s the view from our 14th floor hotel room at the Omni. You can’t even see how long that train is. It took almost 10 minutes for it to go by. Cmon, City of San Diego, let’s get a skyway built and fast.
On to the photo parade. I tried an experiment today. I stood in the convention hall in one place for ten minutes and wanted to see how many costumed folk I could capture. In those ten minutes, without even moving from my spot, I average one photo every 30 seconds – and I was being selective with my photo taking. I’d be curious to know what percentage of convention attendees are in costume. Augie De Blieck Jr. and I have been trying to figure it out. We thought 5% initially, but when you consider that upwards of 100,000 people show up at the show, that would mean 5000 people in costume which seems a bit high. I think somewhere between 1% and 2% is possible, which means about 2000 people show up in costume to this show. That’s … well … wow.
That’s it. I gotta get to editing these photos. See you all tomorrow.
The following pictures were snapped by CBR’s George Tramountanas on Friday afternoon. Enjoy.