This year has been a big convention year for me so far, and there’s a few more that I have planned. But, the two biggest ones I’ve attended where San Diego Comic-Con and Anime Expo. Both have their pros and cons, so this will help you decide which is best for you. Obviously, this posts is intended for those who have never been to a big convention before
San Diego Comic-Con or Comic-Con International is a non-profit organization dedicated to comics, art, popular culture though the means of conventions and related events. Basically, Comic-Con is much more than just a comic book convention. These days it is an entertainment convention where Hollywood comes guns blazing with new exclusive content.
- The name of the game is exclusives, and boy does Comic-Con have a lot of them.
- Attendees get first access to never before seen content months before the public.
- There’s a good chance that you may run into a celebrity on the exhibit hall or score tickets to a free meet and greet.
- You get to meet people all types of people with similar interests as you.
- You can pick up a lot of free swag and goodies.
- There’s a tons of panels, so with that in mind there’s something for everyone.
- There’s a ton of off-site events that are free and don’t require a badge. Like Adult Swim: On The Green and The South Park Experience.
- You might as well call Comic-Con Line-Con, because you will be waiting in a lot of them.
- There’s over 130,000 people inside the convention, so if you don’t like crowds then that many people may bother you.
- There’s alol kinds of weird smells.
- Exclusives are not always easy to get your hands on.
- Some panels are extremely hard to get into and have crazy wait times. I’m talking more than 24 hours for the popular Hall H panels.
- You will drop a lot of cash on cool stuff that you can’t refuse.
Anime-Expo is a slightly smaller convention centered around one thing. Since, Anime-Expo focuses on just anime it may be more appealing for some.
- Anime-Expo is centered just around the single topic of anime, so it is not overwhelming. But, don’t get me wrong there’s still was 100,000 people who attended in 2016.
- There’s a lot of cool cos-players there, so take a lot of photos.
- There’s a good chance that you will get to meet your favorite voice actor.
- If you’re a die-hard anime fan you will meet others with the same passion.
- If your looking for convention exclusive you will not find many at Anime-Expo.
- There’s not many free stuff given away.
- You still have those convention smells. People who have been to big conventions know what I’m talking about.
- The panels could offer more never before seen content and worth wild appearances from people in the industry.
Regardless of what convention you prefer, Comic-Con and Anime-Expo are booth great. Personally, I love Comic-Con, so it will always be my first choice. On the other hand, Anime-Expo is a lot of fun too. The bottom line is that if you love anime, then go to Anime-Expo, but if you have a wider popular culture interest then go to Comic-Con.