Since 2019 San Diego Comic-Con International or Comic Con for short was put on the back burner due to the global pandemic and from 2020 and 2021 they were online with some success. When it was announced that 2022 will be the year that Comic Con will return in person, the fandom world couldn’t wait and once preview night came, it felt like a grand return that everyone wanted it to be and it was.
One of the main things that one can tell from this year’s comic con was some of the big players didn’t show up this year. Sony, Microsoft, WB, DC Comics, Fox, and so many more due to one reason or another but that didn’t stop the convention and the hundreds of thousands of people attending. The exhibition hall had so many returning faces and new ones as well that one could easily forget that they were missing.
One main question that many had to ask was how the mask situation was going to be at Comic-Con and they did a great job enforcing the rule, while I did see some people being reminded to have their mask on the right way, everyone had their mask on. Outside the convention center, it was optional to have your mask on or not and that was fine as well.
Panels were good this year like always, a bit of something for everyone, and the madness of Hall H also return with vengeance with Marvel leading the charge. TV also had a strong showing here as well with Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, HBO, and many more showing what they had to offer and we got to see a new trailer for The Sandman and I can’t wait for it. Signings both in the exhibition hall and on the sails were somewhat one-sided. In the sails it was smooths and simple, nothing crazy, but down in the hall it was beyond crazy, a very good example was the Ozzy Osborn signing, pure pandemonium.
Anime was all Dragon Ball and Gundam, but the main star that almost everyone didn’t pay attention to was the Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury and its prologue episode and all I have to say is this series is a must-watch when it comes out later this year.
The outside events were great as well, but the D&D tavern was the highlight of them all. They made it feel like you were in a D&D tavern with drinks and all and the only bad thing I have from it was you couldn’t keep the glass mugs they were passing out for the drinks. Another great event was The Eisner Awards, yes it is The Oscars of the comic world, and saw so many artists and writers and some big names as well (Frank Miller and Neil Gaiman to name a few) The Eisner were great as always.
As always one can’t see what Comic Con has to offer in 4-5 days but seeing how it was great to be there. One of the main things I always enjoy and still do to this day was to see old friends I made over the years at comic con again and catch up with everything. So was it worth it, yes it was and I can’t wait to go back again next year.