I’ve been to Comic Con. Similar to a Renaissance festival or antique roadshow, it’s basically a place to make money. The further you get from San Diego Comic Con, the lower on the scale the celebrities get. Outside of Comic-Con, which is ok, there really isn’t any exciting get together for comic book fans.
In comparison, video gaming, an industry that loves any gaming, even analogue, has tons of great events.
Electronic Entertainment Expo
Every year, the gaming press and industry insiders are invited to attend E3, where the major console manufacturers and game makers announce their latest games and offer a hands on review of demos. Even companies like NVidia and Intel make a showing here.
Not only do you see professional cosplay galore, you get the inside scoop on the video game industry, complete with catering, drinks, and plenty of swag. You get a chance to talk to developers and industry insiders while learning what games are cool and not so much.
Although San Diego’s Comic Con beats E3 in many aspects, E3 was never about the gamers. It’s about the media more than the fans. In that aspect, there is no comparison in comics.
What blows Comic-Con out the water is PAX Prime, Penny Arcade’s annual celebration of all things gaming in Seattle. This event is where you can buy the games you play (mostly).
PAX Prime is loaded with concerts, stage demos, and more gaming gear than you can imagine. On top of this, the video game cosplay is legendary. Standing outside in line alone, you’re guaranteed to see someone dressed as a beloved character from League of Legends, Smash Bros, Mortal Kombat, Adult Swim, or any number of other references.
While comic books can be obscure and you will have trouble telling a real character from anyone’s personal Larping outfit at Comic-Con, the video game characters are from fan favorites everywhere you look at PAX Prime.
People lined up around the block every day at both to enter a virtual reality demo from Occulus Rift. That alone was cooler than anything ever shown at a comic book convention.
So when you brag about attending Comic-Con on your social media feeds like a noob, the l33t attend video game conventions.
Brian Penny is a former Operations Manager and Business Analyst at Bank of America turned whistleblower, writer, and troll. Penny is a frequent contributor to Huffington Post, The Street, Cannabis Now, and Hardcore Droid.