“No one is as famous as they think they are”: Notes on SDCC 10

Posted by on August 5th, 2010 at 12:06 PM

As per usual at the San Diego Comic-Con, I spent the majority of my time taking money and helping customers at the Fantagraphics booth. Here are a few scattered observations:

• Before the con had even concluded, I heard attendees saying that they had already bought their tickets for next year; one fresh-faced gal who stopped by the booth a couple of times was even on her honeymoon (her idea, according to her husband). This year is the first year, also, that I recall hearing a baby (crying) in the audience of a panel. If “San Diego Comic-Con” isn’t a standard family vacation like going to Disneyland, it soon will be.

• Con after-hours can be more stressful than the con itself. It’s important to set aside at least one night for dinner with people whom you would enjoy eating dinner with whether it was Comic-Con or not.

• Hand-selling books, based on customer’s individual tastes, is really, really fun. (And something I didn’t get to do much of when I worked at a bookstore.)

• Buenaventura Press, which is no longer a going concern, still exhibited, selling prints.

• Galactus is not a very well-known character and the Galactus giveaway hats had to be explained to a lot of people.

• New addition to my Comic-Con toolkit: eye drops.

• Litter just outside of the convention center seemed particularly bad this year.

• Best “Who’s right, Who’s wrong” conversation: Coworker: “It’s surprising we haven’t seen a lot of Scott Pilgrim cosplay.” Me: “I feel like I’ve seen a lot of Scott Pilgrim cosplay.” But really, how can you tell?

• Train conductor (on the train out of San Diego to L.A.): [Taking my ticket and referring to a schmoozer on the phone]: “No one is as famous as they think they are.”

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5 Responses to ““No one is as famous as they think they are”: Notes on SDCC 10”

  1. Tom Crippen says:

    All right, the Scott Pilgrim thing made me laugh.

    Galactus isn’t well known? Oh well. At Worldcon a friend wore a handmade Cthulhu hat, kind of like Kermit the Frog converted into an octopus and then into a hunter’s cap, and everyone recognized it. I never would have, but they did.

  2. Kristy Valenti says:

    What is even more disturbing is that no one got my (possibly) HILARIOUS Sushi Cat/Galactus mashup joke. There’s a Venn Diagram somewhere of people who know what Sushi Cat is and what Galactus is, and apparently there are maybe four people in the overlap, none of whom I know personally.

    Seriously, though, I got four or five people to read the Galacta one-shot based on those hats.

  3. Chris Reilly says:

    Hey Kristy, Galactus is actually one of the best known comic book villians.
    of all-time What may have caused the confusion is that Galactus actually looks like this: http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/09/galactus.jpg
    So that crown they were giving out was like offering free Spider-Man masks and putting red dots on peoples foreheads and saying “Now you are Spider-Man, because he has red on his head as well.” Is there some sort of new Ultimate Galacus? They should have given away the FF 2 film Galactus and just sent people outside to stare at a cloud.

  4. Tom Crippen says:

    Sushi Cat?

  5. Kristy Valenti says:

    Chris, I agree with you that, among people who read or have read mainstream superhero comic books, Galactus is one of the most well-known comic-book villains of all time.But if you haven’t read mainstream Marvel superhero comic books, or didn’t watch Marvel cartoons or the 2nd FF film — if you were attending SDCC for movies, or TV, or celebrities in general, or non-Big Two comics, or manga, or webcomics, or animation, or genre fiction, or collectibles, or what have you — maybe not so much.I only bothered to mention it because I was a bit surprised myself at how often I had to explain Galactus (post “It’s a Galactus hat”), and another couple I spoke to had a similar experience.

    Luckily, Galactus is pretty easy to explain (he eats planets), and the Galacta one-shot appears to be fairly accessible for those don’t know much about Marvel Comics (so, his daughter has daddy issues and an eating disorder and Facebooks (is that even a verb?) about it).

    Sushi Cat is a cutely disturbing, free online game about a cat who strives to fatten himself up by eating tons of sushi.


    Sadly, given the vast amount of explanation required, now no one will ever laugh at that joke, ever (not that it was all that great to begin with). I could Photoshop a little Galactus hat on Sushi Cat, but that would only make it more tragic.