After 2 and a half hours of traffic from Orange County to the great city of San Diego, I have arrived to say that Preview Night of Comic Con.. wasn’t a nightmare. Actually, it was kinda nice. Sure it was packed, but there wasn’t the sense of chaos that the last two years had.
Walking a good portion of the floor (it’s impossible to do on Preview Night unless you’re just hauling ass up and down the isles) I was surprised to see that most booths were fully operational. A stroll through DC Comic’s booth had most of their A list writer/artist roster signing. Had I had my Batman #1, you best believe that I would have been in line for Scott Snyder. I had the opportunity to meet Art Adams and he graciously signed my wall mounted Avengers piece.
Don’t think that the madness isn’t there though. It is. Try buying a Con exclusive item. Mattel and Hasbro continue to be the Studio 54 of booths that you either have to be lucky to get in, or grease some palms. I waited 35 minutes in the NECA booth line just to obtain a Freddy figure. That though, is still something that one can’t avoid.
As for the floor layout, there’s some change for once. The last five years or so the floor plan has pretty much been the same, but this year booths have been moved around or changed in size. The sections are still the same- Games, Artist, Movies, etc, but it’s actually making me explore once more. Something I kinda missed.
It’s now morning, and Thursday is upon us. Make sure to keep checking back for updates throughout the day from Comic Con. Follow us on Twitter @theRealmCast for live updates from the con floor and panels.