It’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.
Back 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.”
It 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.
Hey 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.