San Diego – The biggest annual pop culture expo has come to a close, and proved once again that there is no other celebration of comics, movies, shows, and games that matches the scope, excitement, and sheer size of San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC).
Check out the slideshow to see 10 pictures that sum up SDCC and all that it had to offer.
Although it seems like the presence of actual comic books might be diminishing each year at SDCC, it is clear that everyone’s favorite inked heroes are simply changing mediums and getting onto the small and big screens more than ever before.
Of course, SDCC isn’t just about costumed heroes, either. Just about any form of entertainment that has to do with fantasy, sci-fi, horror, and adventure was represented and celebrated. The sprawling show floor was covered with booths, showing off hit TV shows, movies, games, and of course, comic books. There were even celebrities signing autographs right on the show floor.
There were also plenty of booths to purchase merchandise from. Toy companies like Hasbro, Mattel, Funko, and Lego were constantly packed with attendees looking to buy their exclusive products, available only at SDCC.
Many attendees showed up in wonderfully designed costumes, and were more than happy to pose for a photo. SDCC even holds an annual competition to judge the top costumes brought by attendees.
Then there were the hundreds of panels, where attendees watched and heard from creators, actors, and other industry leaders discuss various hot topics. Movie studios brought exclusive previews of upcoming films, like Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Avengers 2: Age of Ultron. Video game companies like Microsoft and Ubisoft brought along sneak peeks at their upcoming titles as well.
The fun continued outside of the convention center, with even bigger booths and displays. Ubisoft created an Assassin’s Creed parkour adventure course for attendees, and HBO had a huge interior space to let attendees experience the world of Game of Thrones. Nearly every bar and restaurant in the area had events during the evenings to keep the party going.
If you missed out on attending San Diego Comic-Con this year, you can always try to purchase tickets next year, but be sure to also check out other great comic conventions like Wondercon (Anaheim) or Stan Lee’s Comicaze Expo (Los Angeles).