There was Ben Townend of North Park, who spent some 1,300 obsessive hrs generating the astounding Chewbacca costume that designed him the monster strike of 2011’s Comedian-Con. There was 16-year-outdated Joelle Kosic of San Diego, who ventured into the Gaslamp devoid of a Comedian-Con badge and handled the extended line for the 2016 “Suicide Squad” practical experience at the Challenging Rock Hotel like it was a spot unto alone. (“The waits are just section of the practical experience,” she reported cheerfully.)
And there was severe “Lord of the Rings” admirer Kevin Cozzoli, who had a incredibly slim likelihood of obtaining into the 2012Hall H panel on “The Hobbit: An Sudden Journey,” even with finding in the unlimited, snaking line more than eight hours right before the panel was meant to start off. But he nonetheless experienced home in his admirer coronary heart for the unfortunate souls who have been almost definitely not going to make it to the Promised Pop-Tradition Land any time before long.
“That is so unhappy,” Cozzoli claimed, as two latecomers in entire furry regalia trudged previous him to the conclude of the line. “I feel sorry for these Hobbits.”
Regardless of whether they ended up saving my seat, sharing their pens, or gifting me with clever, humorous offers about almost everything from the “Lost” polar bear to cosplay costume suggestions (Keep away from sticky-again Velcro at all expenditures.), the Comedian-Con supporters have been unfailingly pleasant, unstoppably enthusiastic, and the very best good friend an overwhelmed reporter could ever have.
“I have been coming right here because I was 12, and it is just extremely welcoming,” 28-calendar year-aged Piper Bloom of Santee explained to me in 2019, when I interviewed her in the center of the mobbed Exhibition Hall flooring. “Walking in listed here feels like house.”
When Comedian-Con will come to town, we’re all relatives.