It’s strangely quiet in this pleasant San Diego patio. The sound of a fountain gurgles nearby and the area is surprisingly vacant with the exception of a few birds pecking away at the stone tiles. A few of the business nearby have opened their doors and two attractive young women wearing shorts greet each other as their business day is about to begin. It’s almost difficult to imagine what is going on outside this peaceful space. Just outside, the San Diego Comic Book Convention is already ramping up for day number two. Traffic begins to thicken on the city streets and the sidewalks are already filled with kids on their way to the show. However, this peaceful space remains undisturbed by the chaos outside and one would hardly know the craziness going on a few feet away.
As much as I love the San Diego ComicCon I find it important to get away on occasion. After fighting the crowds early this morning, I’ve already headed away from the convention center and the hotel. There’s a need to stop and decompress after dealing with the general chaos. Although I love the energy and general madness of this annual convention, it’s wise to occasionally take a step back and take a moment to relax in a quiet space. As one who’s attended this crazy event since the early days of the El Cortez Hotel, you learn you’ve got to take the San Diego Con in small doses. If not, you’ll find yourself overwhelmed, and I think that’s what turned off so many people over the past few years. The San Diego ComicCon has clearly grown to a massive size and if you’re going to survive this annual media fest it’s wise to have a strategy. Don’t think of the con as a large meal because you’ll only get indigestion. There’s simply way too much to consume. I view the San Diego ComicCon as my snack bar - and I only take what’s needed.
It’s another beautiful day in San Diego and I’m enjoying every minute of it. Sometimes we get so caught up in the comic media madness we forget there’s a good deal more to enjoy in this wonderful city. It might be wise to put down that comic book for a moment and look around the city and the beautiful marina. There’s an ocean and a beautiful blue sky just a few feet away and it’s not even a special effect. I’ll be heading back to the convention center sometime today. However, for now - I’m taking my time.