SDCC 2023 was a whirlwind. It was filled non-stop with exclusives, events, activations, pop-ups, parties and so much more. This year we didn't have to go thru another separate line to get a wristband to show proof of covid vaccinations or be required to wear a face mask. It felt like how it was back in 2019 but with more people being a bit more cautious and having that hand sanitizer ready as well as a face mask just in case it's a little too crowded to avoid being coughed on or smelling people who forgot to shower or wear deodorant.
The weeks leading up to SDCC is insane in itself. We felt more tired just trying to keep up with all the announcements of what off-site activation will be there, exclusives being announced. Then we get hit with the writer's strike, actors strike and whatever other strike which deeply affected comic con this year. Panels were being cancelled left and right which made the exhibit hall and off-site activations even more crowded.
One of the pet peeves was the way comic-con set up their lines to get into the convention center in the morning before the exhibit hall opened this year. In previous years, the line would start across from Hall H and go behind the convention center etc... This year it was chaos and madness with the line starting somewhere in the middle of the convention center and going down the front of the convention center towards the Marriott. It was a stupid move. They should've left it how it was or have 2 lines to get into the convention center so people coming from different sides didn't have to walk so far to find the end of the line just to get in.
As much as we loved checking out the massive exhibit hall with Funko taking a big chunk of the exhibit floor. WB and Sideshow did not have a booth this year. The usual suspects brought out spectacular booths such as Nickelodeon, Mattel, Hasbro, Star Wars Pavilion and a lot more. For the gamers, head down to Hall A for your gaming needs. Some of our favorite booths were Super7 and Neca.
There were a lot of off-site activations and pop-ups that was pretty spread out throughout the Gaslamp District and various surrounding areas around the convention center. FX, Bandai, Jurassic Park, Twisted Metal, TMNT Mutant Mayhem, Animation Domination and so many more. Check out our off-site pictures HERE.
Another highlight for us was going to the Comic Con Museum. We really wanted to check out the Animation Academy Exhibit. Its a great museum with so many different exhibits. Check out our pictures HERE! Can't wait to go back next year! Support the Comic Con Museum if you can!
Last but not least, check out our album for coverage of the exhibit hall, downtown San Diego and more HERE!!!!!
See you next year in San Diego July 25-28th 2024 (July 24th Preview Night). Hopefully the writer and actor strike will be over.
Coverage by Tara & Tracy
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