Fantasy "blogger play": Delores Fisher as correspondent
with the aid of Chris Smith from Sync Sound
In a summer of global distress and trauma, global fans of games, cartoons, comic books, and fantasy worlds came together at Comic-Con International: San Diego http://www.comic-con.org/
in relative peace to celebrate alternative realities built on foundations of the everyday.
I was still adapting to playing the piano for two gospel music oriented church choirs, working on my second book, and teaching summer school when I realized preview day had arrived. Signs surrounded San Diego's downtown and East Village. This year's Comic -Con hinted at a more family friendly atmosphere and general public inclusivity.
San Diego weather cleared up its coastal fog for the most part to deliver beautiful, if hot, sunny days for conventioneers.Comic-Con's promotional buzz did not disappoint as far as I'm concerned. One had to be there in the middle of all those people boarding de-boarding transportation, sidewalk talking and people watching, side street photo ops and dance offs. Many of us with disabilities were able to navigate fairly easily among these people-conscious conventioneers in and outside.Families had more space to sit and eat or to play and romp. Ticket/pass holders tired from being inside could mingle in public community and enjoy the Free Interactive Fun zone across the bridge nearby, across the street from, or directly behind the Convention Center.
Across the bridge Interactive Fun Zone
This year, if you couldn't get to San Diego, several television stations broadcast not only outside with general impromptu coverage, but also inside with planned celebrity events and interviews. It was actually kind of cool to watch from a distance on busy days. However, I had to get back to take more photos.My focus this year was to not be in a lot of the photos, to get cosplayers in poses or just relaxing. Cosplayers were out in full force this year with a lot of Steam Punk, and Gamer costumes. A few of my favorites:
For a pop culture reflection on African American cosplayers at San Diego Comic-Con see: https://sonictapestry.wordpress.com/
A fan's brief look at Comic-Con International San Diego 2016,