San Diego Comic Con 2016
So now we have just ended my favorite part of summer. Good people are having their friends over for dinners by the barbeque. Good parents are doing fun activities or trips with their kids. Of course I however am hovering between my phone and my laptop checking out the latest news to come out of San Diego Comic-Con.
Between that and Star Wars Celebration over the past week we as a consuming public have a plethora of information about all the things we love. News about comics and movies, television and games, all to fill our eyes and ears and hearts. I get a bit of a flutter when you check Twitter and find that the Marvel panel has just ended and all the announcements that were made and the trailers that will soon hit the interwebs. To be getting it second hand from the myriad of blogs and news outlets is one thing. But if you have never gone then you should go just once before you die. Think of it like a Mecca for all the things you really worship in this world when it is not Sunday.
Why is the best saved for San Diego Comic Con from all of the writers and actors and content creators? The answer is two pronged, one is to pay a little fan service and the other is to gauge reaction from the people that are and will be the driving force for media for years to come. Today I am going to be talking about what the driving force is for pop culture these days and why those creators keep coming and saving their bag of goodies to drop on that audience first.
First let’s talk about the attendees. There was once a man who said “Get one-thousand people to follow you and you will be set for life.” I am paraphrasing a bit but not by much. Comic-con usually has an attendance of over 25,000 people so this is for many the place to find your tribe. The reason these attendees have been the driving force in pop culture for the last decade is passion. If you show something there and it drives that crowd crazy those people will then tell their friends not only at home but on all social media. Needless to say the geek crowd is a bit savvy in that arena. And that creator has just gained a great crowd of cheerleaders for their thing and it creates buzz exponentially.
It is more than they have their fingers on the pulse they are in fact the pulse. Businesses have slowly realized that these people are the ones that buy the dvd’s and the shirts and hats. So they create content for them so they will buy it and those people like it so they buy it which makes the studios create more content and the cycle is going on and on. The comic-con attendee is now the target audience for most television and movies out now or coming soon,
Now let’s talk about the presenters. As I mentioned this is like broadway because if you can make it here you can make it anywhere. The other component to that is fan service. In case you didn’t know most of the content creators and actors and writers today love and have loved all of the things you love. While yes they are making a buck it is not exploitation because if you didn’t see the Walking Dead on tv or in a comic book it would be in a notebook somewhere because Robert Kirkman would have made that anyway because that is something he wanted to do. Don’t knock the guy just because he got funding for something he probably would have made without it. This explains not only why they do what they do but also why they are so good at it. And comic-con is the time that those people get to speak directly to the tribe they have found or made. Those three days are an opportunity to say thank you for everything and see that response returned in kind. It is as if a secret handshake is made between friends during those panels and a bond is formed that is not easily broken.
So as I said this has to be my favorite time of the summer if not the entire year. This is when I am pouring over all of the news and wishing I was there. I guess I will close this by saying I have been to San Diego for comic-con and it was amazing as you would think so don’t put it off, just go and do it as soon as you can. And to all the creators I would say your family and tribe extends well beyond hall H so don’t worry I will be a megaphone for you (yes that’s right I’m looking at you Sherlock).
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