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SDCC 2023: Recap

From July 20, 2023 - July 23, 2023, it was finally that time again and the world of pop culture looked eagerly to San Diego for this year's Comic Con.

We braved the jet lag and the heat wave on the West American coast to capture the latest trends from the world of movies and comics live for you on site.


 


 

Okay, there wasn't quite as much news as usual, because many panels were reduced or even completely cancelled in the course of the SAG-AFTRA strike. However, this did not dampen the general mood on site and the justified concerns of the union were hardly noticeable.

The heat wave in California was much more noticeable and the air conditioning in the Convention Center was running at full blast with over 100,000 visitors. Despite the sheer number of ticket holders and exhibitors, it was very easy to get around. Anyone who has been to SDCC knows that it is very well organized and that everything is well distributed from the Gaslamp Quarter onwards.

The area around the Convention Center could only be entered with a valid ticket, which also ensured that there was enough space for the visitors and the cosplayers could present their creations.

For this we suggest you to check out our Instagram reel, because it's impossible to show all the fantastic costumes here on the blog:



 


 

But enough of the outdoor area and the huge house facades, which served as advertising space, because interesting is the hustle and bustle in the exhibition halls.

As at pretty much every convention, the program consists of different areas:

Artist areas, panels, manufacturers, comic publishers and retailers. San Diego is no different, but everything is a lot bigger and more overwhelming.

But even here there were a few small restrictions - because besides actors, a few manufacturers as well as studios were missing.


 


 

From anime to drawing art

As colorful and diverse as the world of pop culture is, the range at SDCC is just as wide. There is a suitable corner in the halls for every taste and every collecting area.

Of course, we first went to the figurine and statue manufacturers. Funko, Mattel, Hasbro, Mezco, NECA, Iron Studios, Kotobukiya, Beast Kingdom and so on. - the selection was huge and one was allowed to marvel at some novelty as well as buy SDCC Exclusive. This was also the moment when one painfully noticed that suitcase and pocket money were too small. Nevertheless, a few figures were allowed to start the long journey to Germany and we will show you a few achievements on our social media channels.


 


 

Sure, there were plenty of Star Wars cosplays, but fans of real props from a galaxy far, far away also got their money's worth:

ILM / Lucasfilm exhibited the original costumes, models and animatronics from the upcoming Disney+ series "Ahsoka"! We would have liked to take directly, but yes, suitcase too small. ;)



 

By the way, those who had enough of action figures at some point could really let off steam in the comics and artists area. Honestly, we could have easily spent a whole day in this area and always discovered something new. The scene and the printed medium are alive! And the best part? Many of the well-known artists were there in person for signings and short chats. To name a few:

Ben Bishop, John Giang, Todd Mc Farlane, J. Scott Campbell and so many more! Admittedly, the author has a few gaps in his education here and was simply overwhelmed.



 

In conclusion, we can only recommend a trip to SDCC to anyone who is interested. The atmosphere and the abundance of possibilities are terrific and San Diego has rightly created one of the most famous pop culture fairs in the world. As a city, the setting is also wonderful for its size and there is plenty to explore outside the grounds.

However, there is one small drawback: SDCC is planned to be held on a cruise ship in 2025, which means it will be leaving its familiar surroundings. Reason enough to meet again next year on solid ground. We will be there!


 


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