SDCC: Geek Chic Jumps the Shark?

Van Jensen

Van Jensen is a former crime reporter turned comic book writer. In addition to ComicMix, he contributes to Publishers Weekly and Comic Book Resources. He lives in Atlanta, and his blog can be found at

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3 Responses

  1. mike weber says:

    I like "nuked the fridge" for a replacement for "jumped the shark" – for the next fifteen minutes or so, anyway.

  2. Vinnie Bartilucci says:

    What's happening is that films and projects less and less connected to comics are coming to comic-con to gear up the fans. So when those projects start to tank, the general belief in Hollywood will suddenly be that "going to Comic-Con doesn't work" and it'll fall off. GI JOE coming to the con makes sense; it's been a comic for years. The Day The Earth Stood Still? Not as much a connection. It's nice to see Keanu Reeves I suppose, but you'll notice seeing Gambit on screen got much more of a pop that hearing (a) Gort will be in tDtESS.Again, they never admit/realize that their product might not be good enough to generate interest, it's always that it wasn't marketed right, or the internet fans (the very ones they courted beforehand to CREATE buzz) ruined everything by finding out the spoilers and telling everyone the film sucked, or some other damnfool thing.The part that's so odd is that while SDCC is getting bigger every year, it's not reflecting the growth of the industry as much. It's more that more current fans are making the trip to the show, not that there's a larger base of fans, and the same percentage of a larger base means more attendees.And have you noticed that more and more the reporting is using "CCI" and not "SDCC" as the acronym of choice? I wonder if that goes back to the idea that other cities are courting the show?I'm rather surprised that Worldcon (the World Science-Fiction Convention) hasn't tried to become more of a mecca for the entertainment industry. Most likely it's because not only is it in a different city (country, sometimes) each year, it's a whiole different team running it, so there's no guarantee that there'll be anyone who knows how to set those events up.

  3. Rick Taylor says:

    It is kind of frightening that that HOLLYWEIRD is taking it's lead on 'what's cool' from the fanboy set.Next TARGET will dhave Tommy Hilfiger design a line of inexpensive furniture to look like you parent's basement.Just kidding!