From Mary Lou Who’s Blog:
Mary Lou decided to attend both Comic-Con and Dragon*Con for this first time this year. Reading a first-timer’s comparison of the two events is always interesting, but Mary Lou really captures the essence of the two conventions.
” I felt the purpose of Comic-Con was to see your favorite celebrities in action, secure autograph opportunities, and take part in a little bit of stardom.”
“Dragon*Con is really a convention run by fans for fans. The purpose of Dragon*Con seemed to be fun in all capacities, from meeting fellow geeks to taking part in interesting panels, not solely the thrill of meeting a favorite celebrity.”
Yep. That’s pretty much it.
I don’t want to spoil the article for you, but Dragon*Con wins… again. =) (my opinion, not necessarily Mary Lou’s)
Don’t get me wrong, Comic-Con definitely has a niche. It is a niche occupied by studios and industry pros who want to hawk their goods to a geek market. Not saying that I wouldn’t go to such a convention if it were practical to do so, but it is important to understand what it is and what it isn’t. Same for Dragon*Con.
We. Are. Not. An. Industry. Show. (and. we. like. it. that. way!)