It seems as though the use of the name Comic-Con is being threatened. This is a slap in the face to all fans of anything geek.
Comic-Con is a name that is used a hundred times over, not as an attempt at stealing attendees. It is so much bigger than that. Comic-Con is a statement to the world that we are important too. It is a show of force that although you are into things that the rest of your school or town are not into, you are not alone. Have they forgot the saying that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery?
This rant comes in the wake of the news that the San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) sent the Salt Lake Comic-Con a cease and desist letter on the name Comic-Con in their name. You can read about the letter here.
This stance by SDCC is something not to be taken lightly. Have they forgotten their roots? The name Comic-Con is a banner that flies alerting all around that we are here, standing proud in the costumes that took us 40+ hours to completely build by hand that rival most prop houses production. Where you can talk about how bad Ryan Reynolds was in “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” as Deadpool, but how awesome he was in the test footage leaked this past weekend. It is the place that you can spend a million dollars on a comic book that you had when you were 5 years old, and it is completely worth every penny. Where you can be the best brown trench coat wearing Whovian or “Firefly” fan you were meant to be, and openly argue timeless things like: who was better Married Spider-Man or Single Spider-Man, happy or dark Batman, Superman vs. Batman, or Marvel vs. DC.
It is a safe place where everyone is welcome, a place where you will never be judged. Why are we attacking each other? Has pop culture completely taken over the geek world to the point that we have turned to genocide? Remember where you came from. Most Comic-Con organizers were once geeks just like the rest of us. Comic-Con is the one place where we can all stand proud of who we are.
This really cuts me deep, right down into my childhood. So at this news, I say shame on you SDCC. How dare you tarnish something so pure with greed.