Insane Comic-Con: crowds, hype, fun and firemen!

Comic book characters promote Webtoon (a digital comics platform) in the Gaslamp during 2015 San Diego Comic-Con.
Comic book characters promote Webtoon (a digital comics platform) in the Gaslamp during 2015 San Diego Comic-Con.

Yeah. San Diego Comic-Con has changed. What years ago was a small convention for dedicated comic book lovers has turned into a big insane Hollywood hype machine. Diehard fans and awestruck consumers geek out over every conceivable new entertainment, and promoters try to get Comic-Con goers to post photos on social media under a hundred different hashtags. It’s all about hyping an upcoming movie, a television show, a video game, a celebrity, a brand. It’s more than a bit ridiculous. It’s silly. It’s loud. It’s often superficial. And, if you don’t mind massive crowds, it can be exciting, wonderful, eye-opening and lots of fun!

So here’s one last blog post concerning huge glorious 2015 Comic-Con.

These photos mostly show riotous doings in downtown San Diego outside of the convention center. And all this fantastic contrived drama is concluded with a bit of actual nail-biting reality. Oh, my!

A huge crowd of Comic-Con enthusiasts has assembled at the entrance to San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter.
A huge crowd of Comic-Con enthusiasts has assembled at the entrance to San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter.
Comic-Con goers lined up to experience rampaging zombies at Walking Dead offsite venue at Hilton Gaslamp.
Comic-Con goers lined up to experience rampaging zombies at Walking Dead offsite venue at Hilton Gaslamp.
Cosplay ninja takes a flying plunge from the top of the clock tower at Assassin's Creed obstacle course.
Cosplay ninja takes a flying plunge from the top of the clock tower at Assassin’s Creed obstacle course.
Syfy guerrilla marketing promotion of Childhood's End uses a mob of people holding signs to beware Karellen!
Syfy guerrilla marketing promotion of Childhood’s End uses a mob of people holding signs to beware Karellen!
Hired street actors perform creepy chants to promote upcoming television series Damien. The Beast Rises! And so does the hype!
Hired street actors perform creepy chants to promote upcoming television series Damien. The Beast Rises! And so does the hype!
Red-bereted soldiers from Colony television show march in file up Fifth Avenue through San Diego's Gaslamp.
Red-bereted soldiers from Colony television show march in file up Fifth Avenue through San Diego’s Gaslamp.
The Colony troop files past shark head-wearing Sharknado 3 girls and an Outlander bagpiper! It's complete mayhem.
The Colony troop files past shark head-wearing Sharknado 3 girls and an Outlander bagpiper! It’s complete mayhem.
Uncle Sams on stilts with sharks through their chests add to the absurdity of the already ridiculous scene.
Uncle Sams on stilts with sharks through their chests add to the absurdity of the already ridiculous scene.
Deliciously insane. You have to be here to believe it.
Deliciously insane. You have to be here to believe it.
I asked this lady about her cosplay. She said it was nothing in particular.
I asked this lady about her cosplay. She said it was nothing in particular.
A cool Dragon Ball Z poster in window of a Gaslamp eatery.
A cool Dragon Ball Z poster in window of a Gaslamp eatery.
Numerous zany Colonel Sanders sculptures placed about San Diego transmitted free Wi-Fi for Comic-Con visitors. KFC seems to have adopted an attention-getting marketing strategy.
Numerous zany Colonel Sanders sculptures placed about San Diego transmitted free Wi-Fi for Comic-Con visitors. KFC seems to have adopted an attention-getting marketing strategy.
Cool Star Wars cosplay. A couple of scout troopers in the crowd.
Cool Star Wars cosplay. A couple of scout troopers in the crowd.
Guys in kilts, bagpipes, rowdy damsels, all promoting Outlander.
Guys in kilts, bagpipes, rowdy damsels, all promoting Outlander.
Another photo of the crowd near Webtoon and Heroes Reborn.
Another photo of the crowd near Webtoon and Heroes Reborn.
I believe the face-painted cosplay that looks kind of like the rock band Kiss is a character from Korean comics.
I believe the face-painted cosplay that looks kind of like the rock band Kiss is a character from Korean comics.
There's so much crazy fun going on my head was on a rapid swivel.
There’s so much crazy fun going on my head was on a rapid swivel.
Colorful fun over at the LEGO Homer Simpson near entrance to the Hard Rock Hotel.
Colorful fun over at the LEGO Homer Simpson near entrance to the Hard Rock Hotel.
One can ride pedicabs with various Muppet characters!
One can ride pedicabs with various Muppet characters!
Long lines were all over the place, especially near Petco Park. These people want to Experience the Realm.
Long lines were all over the place, especially near Petco Park. These people want to Experience the Realm.
Another cheerful Poison Ivy. Hi!
Another cheerful Poison Ivy. Hi!
These brave people lined up near Petco Park's scary The Walking Dead Escape will experience zombies in virtual reality!
These brave people who are lined up near Petco Park’s scary The Walking Dead Escape will experience zombies in virtual reality!
Looking through Petco Park stadium fence at part of The Walking Dead Escape layout.
Looking through Petco Park stadium fence at part of The Walking Dead Escape layout.
Guy places a dummy corpse by a bloody, crashed car.
Guy places a dummy corpse by a bloody, crashed car.
Lots of lines, food, games and cosplay at the Comic-Con Interactive Zone in the Lexus Lot next to Petco Park.
Lots of lines, food, games and cosplay at the Comic-Con Interactive Zone in the Lexus Lot next to Petco Park.
Kids check out video games at the Alienware exhibit in the Interactive Zone.
Kids check out video games at the Alienware exhibit in the Interactive Zone.
Family sports Charlie Brown baseball caps after visiting the nearby Peanuts Movie fun site.
Family sports Charlie Brown baseball caps after visiting the nearby Peanuts Movie fun site.
Hanging out looking at a long video screen behind the San Diego Convention Center. The FX Fearless Arena Experience was super popular during 2015 Comic-Con.
Hanging out looking at a long video screen behind the San Diego Convention Center. The FX Fearless Arena Experience was super popular during 2015 Comic-Con.
Someone prepares to fly a drone above the crowd to take video of the stupendous international event.
Someone prepares to fly a drone above the crowd to take video of the stupendous international event.
People everywhere. Just a lot of fun. I enjoyed a hamburger, but continued to scour the place for freebies to eat.
People everywhere. Just a lot of fun. I enjoyed a hamburger, but continued to scour the place for freebies to eat.
It's Homer Simpson at the Kwik-E-Mart!
It’s Homer Simpson at the Kwik-E-Mart!
Fargo fans stand in a glitter-filled huge snow globe for a photograph!
Fargo fans stand in a glitter-filled huge snow globe for a photograph!
People scream right on cue at the Scream Queens drop amusement ride.
People scream right on cue at the Scream Queens drop amusement ride.
Hundreds of thousands jam downtown San Diego for 2015 Comic-Con. It's just plain nuts.
Hundreds of thousands jam downtown San Diego for 2015 Comic-Con. It’s just plain nuts.
Indeed, it appears there's No Escape!
Indeed, it appears there’s No Escape!
Folks dining at a Gaslamp restaurant have front row seats to the drama.
Folks dining at a Gaslamp restaurant have front row seats to the drama.
Free rides, courtesy of Another Period, The Original Ballers.
Free rides, courtesy of Another Period, The Original Ballers.
But wait! All the fabricated hype and escapist fantasy is rudely interrupted by real sirens and flashing lights!
But wait! All the fabricated hype and escapist fantasy is rudely interrupted by real sirens and flashing red lights!
A kitchen grease fire broke out in a restaurant during Comic-Con on the 900 block of Fourth Avenue. Reality intervenes!
A kitchen grease fire broke out in a restaurant during Comic-Con on Saturday. The fire was on the 900 block of Fourth Avenue. Reality intervenes!
Firefighters, dealing with a potentially serious crisis, provide unexpected nail-biting entertainment for one and all.
Firefighters, dealing with a potentially serious crisis, provide unexpected nail-biting entertainment for one and all.

Comic-Con is nearly over, but there’s much to see and do in San Diego. Enjoy future posts! Join me on Facebook or Twitter.

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Richard Schulte

Downtown San Diego has been my home for many years. My online activities reflect my love for writing, blogging, walking and photography.

14 thoughts on “Insane Comic-Con: crowds, hype, fun and firemen!”

  1. Wow, I’m glad my husband and I went on Thursday! It wasn’t nearly as crowded – but we also don’t see the amount of costumes that you did.

    I’m sorry the restaurant had the grease fire, but it was an opportunity to see real, live super heroes among the crowd of make believe ones.

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