Throwback Thursday – San Diego Comic Con (1998)

ComicCon_1998It’s 1998.  I’m in college and my family and I take a trip to California to see relatives.  While we are out there, we make a stop in San Diego.  My sister really wanted to go to Comic-Con and we obliged. At this point I had been completely removed for the Geek World and had little interest to go and spend a day walking around the convention.  It was still a niche thing, with about 42,000 attendees.  Compare that to 130,000+ who went to the mecca of Geekdom in 2014.  I had been to small “collectors” conventions, which mainly consisted of a reception hall with two things, baseball cards and comic books.  This was big and a little overwhelming for me.  If my memory serves me, a lot of the focus was based on TV shows, such as Stargate SG-1 and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.  Shows my sister loved (or loves) and I did not watch.  However, I did gather my courage and venture into the land of booths for a quick look around.  I felt very out of place so I mainly just took one lap around the main floor and then headed back to the hotel.  But I did not come out empty-handed.  First, I did snag the program, which I completely forgot about until I found it in the storage locker last week.  Second, I did have an artist draw me a picture.  If you want to find out what and who, you need to come back later since I feel it deserves its own post.

Until then, here are some pics of the contents of the 1998 San Diego Comic-Con program.

1998ComicCon_ContentsTable of Contents for the 1998 San Diego Comic-Con program book.
1998ComicCon_GameCardsBack side of the front cover advertising card games featuring Xena: Warrior Princess and Hercules: The Legendary Journeys.  The best part “..they’re yours – FREE – simply by trying a demo of each of these exciting games.”
1998ComicCon_Superman60thIt was Superman’s 60th Anniversary that year.  To celebrate, they had a ton of different tributes like this one throughout the book.  This one is by Scott A. H. Ruggles.  From what I can tell, he was an animator for video games.
1998ComicCon_StarWarsEncyclopediaHey kids, it’s an encyclopedia for all things Star Wars.  This sounded like an amazing idea, before Wikipedia and the internet as we know it came along.

Remember, be on the lookout to see who drew me what at my one and only trip to San Diego Comic Con.

And don’t forget to check out other topics on this blog, such as Monday Cinema ClubBookworm Tuesday, Anything Can Happen Wednesday and Friday’s Week in Review.

About OxenTrot

During the day, I am a mild mannered desk jockey who helps to manage a large IT company.  At night, I am a family man, who is insanely in love with his wife and a proud daddy to an amazing girl.  But in the pre-dawn hours, as most everyone else is still asleep, I am my alter ego.  During that time, I am: OxenTrot. Ox was a call sign bestowed upon me while I was an active duty United States Marine, mainly in tribute to the fact that I was a major gym rat. After 5 years and three tours of duty, I reentered the civilian world.  My call sign was replaced by my actual name but the Ox still lived inside. As I began to adapt to my new life, I also began to take on new adventures, such as starting a family, getting a “big boy” job and taking on endurance sports.
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4 Responses to Throwback Thursday – San Diego Comic Con (1998)

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  2. Jen says:

    Gosh, I was there to meet the people on the Yahoo group for Battle of the Planets/G-Force, not knowing what the event really was even when it was “small” (once around the dealer floor had my head spinning) or the proximity to at least one iconic film site. My buddy Jason organized a mini-con, we met every day “under the sails.” He got one of the original Gatchaman illustrators to attend one day, the man’s reaction to the question “How do you feel about 7-Zark-7” was hilarious … when they brought the show to the U.S. they had to chop out all the violence/blood, and added stand-alone animation of this A.I. character and his dog 1-Rover-1. Even in grammar school I knew those scenes were lower quality. Zark would assure the American children that ‘the alarm was sounded and everyone got out of the city before Spectra attacked.’ His picture makes a good dartboard target.

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    • OxenTrot says:

      We were well ahead of the curve. I think we were even able to get tickets day of the events. This was before they expanded to Hall H. I just checked the stats and they didn’t start selling out until 2007. So the idea that a web group (not even a message board) used the Con shouldn’t have been a big issue back then. Funny. I don’t know what makes me think I can go back and try it again in 2018. I was so overwhelmed in 98 I can’t imagine what it would be like today. Maybe they have Con guides. Like Sherpa’s, dressed up like Hobbits or Ewoks, who help get you around the convention. If they don’t, then I think I just discovered an amazing financial opportunity. We could make 10 maybe 20 bucks off this idea.


  3. Jen says:

    Heh, Jason could do that but I’d be looost. Geez, if the signs weren’t exceptionally accurate, we got turned around in Dallas with just 600 or so of us in 1 hotel! The people I follow on Twitter only get into S.D. ComicCon (and good panels) because they’re “pros” … the Big Bang Theory threads dealing with getting tickets are probably accurate.

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