You’ve probably heard “The Woz”’s name at least once before. As the second Steve on the founding board of Apple, Steve Wozniak’s name is a common household staple for those of us in the Silicon Valley area. We usually think of iPhones, Macbooks, iPads, and so and and so on when we hear The Woz’s name. But now, we have a new one to add to the“Things Related to Steve Wozniak” list, and that’s Silicon Valley Comic Con.
LOCATION, HOTEL, TRANSPORT: Those of us who attend Fanime on the regular will be intimately familiar with the location of Silicon Valley Comic Con. Also occupying the San Jose Convention center, where Fanime has been held for the last 12 years, I found myself navigating the con center fairly easily. I personally haven’t attended Fanime since 2011, so it gave me some nostalgia being back in the center again.
Like Fanime, SVCC offered con rate rooms at the two connecting hotels, the Marriott and the Hilton. From my understanding, there did not appear to be a shuttle provided by the con.
Saturday was a completely different story. A little dissuaded by the emptiness that was Day 1, I wasn’t expecting a wrap-around line for registration that went from the convention center entrance to looping around the parking lot.
Getting inside the convention wasn’t any different. Newly implemented RFID chips instead of the usual badges created huge traffic blocks getting in and out of the con- think Disneyland pass scanning, but significantly slower, and in inconvenient costumes. Convention goers weren’t very happy with the long lines and chip scanning. Cosplayers were especially bothered, bulky costumes made chip scanning to get in and out a huge pain.
By Sunday, we were back to the fairly empty feeling that I’d experienced on Preview Night. Another half day, the con was due to shut down at 5pm. While the con celebrated a whopping attendance of 60,000 (for comparison’s sake, Fanime averages about 25,000 attendees a year) I felt that a majority of that attendance clocked in on that single Saturday, and for the money attendees paid for a full weekend, I was hoping for a more full-weekend like experience.
DEALER’S HALL: SVCC’s dealer’s hall was definitely a unique experience in comparison to other cons I’ve attended. One of SVCC’s gimmicks was its desire to focus on upcoming technology; instead of just the usual artists and vendors, we also had a section dedicated to upstarting technology, some local to the Silicon Valley, some from across the globe. While an interesting addition to the normal dealer’s hall formula, some of the booths felt odd and out of place, like a commercial in the middle of my shopping extravaganza.
However, my favorite aspect of the vendor’s hall was the inclusion of the Stan Lee museum. SVCC also partnered with former Marvel chairman, Stan Lee. Displayed in a separate section of the vendor’s hall were all sorts of awesome Marvel collectables; from original sketches from comics like Spiderman and Iron Man, to full bust statues. Footage from the Stan Lee museum can be seen in our video coverage!
COSPLAY: As a cosplayer, my favorite part of any convention. This is my first big comic convention since I attended Wondercon on its last year in San Francisco, so I was over-excited to see so many excellent costumes from comics and other western media, as opposed to the anime cosplays I’ve grown used to seeing. As expected, there were many variations of Deadpool wreaking havoc across the con (one even break danced!) along with some incredible Batman Vs Superman costumes, and Civil War cosplayers split between Team Cap and Team Iron Man. Cosplay definitely didn’t disappoint; experience all the awesome and unique costumes of SVCC by checking out the photo gallery!