Day 81: Failures at Comic Con

Sometime earlier this week, Mark sent me a text message that read: "Saturday, Comic Con 2010?" Upon further investigation, tickets were only $5 on the website and I was rip-roaring and ready to go try this New Thing.

I hate to say that I only wanted to go to see how adults dress up and act, but it's kinda true. Please remember from previous entries that I oftentimes learn something, even just a little something, when I try New Things. So, while I wanted to go to this event, possibly, just to have really great pictures of people willing to show up wearing (to me) goofy attire and relishing in an adult forum for escapism, I was also genuinely looking for astute observations to convey to you readers about the human condition, life and art, etc.

Mark and I arrived at Comic Con, fully prepared to buy our tickets, when we were told in the most hopes-dashing kind of way that the computers weren't accepting credit cards and the tickets were a rousing $30 for a one-day pass. Bummer. Should have bought online--except for the $30 part.

Now, if your website is going to lie to me, please oh please, don't make it an 83% mark-up. It makes me angry and puts me in a bad mood for the rest of the day. Yes, it has that impact on me.

It ended up that we weren't willing to shell over the money to make this New Thing happen completely, when all we really wanted to do is some good old fashioned people-watching, so we hung out a few more minutes, saw some costumes of characters I couldn't identify, decided that I was too afraid to ask people to take pictures with me (the layperson in jeans, a long-sleeve tee and bright pink glasses), and walked our way out of Comic Con.

You can't win 'em all.

But I did catch a blurry picture of this ghostbuster in the hallway:


  1. FYI, the website didn't lie to you. You went to a different convention. The Atlanta Comic Convention is held multiple times a year at a hotel off Clairmont Road (near Exit 91 from I-85). The next one is on Super Bowl Sunday. I go regularly, and admission is $5 and it's a one-room convention with only one or two celebrity guests (usually D-list at best).

    You went to Wizard World Atlanta, an entirely different event. The two are only associated in that Wizard World Atlanta paid the Atlanta Comic Convention not to have a show this weekend when they usually would, and to advertise their show.

  2. Well that makes a lot of sense! Thanks for the heads up, maybe I can make a New Thing out of REALLY going.

    Do you hate people like me who go for the people watching?

  3. Not at all. I do the same. I mostly hit these shows to shop for bargains and leave. Don't have much interest in participating in the culture stuff myself, but it's fun to watch.

    For what it's worth, you probably won't see anybody in costume at the little $5 show. It's mostly a bunch of adults in normal clothes flipping through boxes of comics. Fun to browse though.

  4. So good to know, actually! Thanks for the insights. Maybe I'll run into you at one coming up!