I’ve probably been to Comic-Con at least 25 times over the years, and will try to go again in the future, but I am strangely not that disappointed about not going this year. Comic-Con has been a zoo in recent years, and almost all the major panels end up on YouTube. Not only is the convention crowded, with long lines for popular events, getting a nearby hotel at a reasonable price has become nearly impossible, and the registration cost for the convention has spiked to $175 this year.
Besides, I’ll be going to WonderCon in a couple of weeks. It’s what Comic-Con was 10+ years ago–more focused on comics at a reasonable registration price without the crushing crowds.
Judging by comments on the Comic-Con Facebook page, it looks like a lot of first-timers got in. I wish them well.