The Comic Industry Takes Over The City by the Bay!
On Request Magazine descended on the San Francisco Marriot Marquis last weekend as the city's first official Comic Con in over 5 years took place. Over the course of a single weekend, thousands upon thousands of fans made their way into the convention center, exploring the massive Expo Hall
filled with comic creators, artists, cosplayers, publishers and vendors. The convention also featured some star-studded panels and meet & greets, a fun film festival, Karaoke nights and more, and we here at On Request Magazine are going to share some of our highlights from the convention.
One of the biggest highlights of the convention this year was the massive Expo Hall, which we were all about. Not only were there some amazing vendors selling merchandise, but there were so many amazing creators that we had the pleasure of meeting. From getting to meet and take pictures with the incredible Lisa Lou Who, a wonderful cosplayer who took time to meet with us, to comic book creators such as Nathan Peabody, who created the Kickstarter backed project Boylord.
We met an amazing author named E.M. Markoff, who signed a copy of her book The Deadbringer, which we will be reading and reviewing soon. We spoke with several comic book publishers in depth about their work and some of whom we will be working together on future reviews. More than anything
however, the most exciting part of walking the Expo hall had to be meeting the fans who had cosplayed as their favorite characters. We spoke with and met so many awesome fans and creators who dressed as anything from Captain America Bond Girls, to Tony Stark and even original characters. Getting to be in the midst of so much passion and creativity is invigorating and fun, which is why these conventions are so much fun to be a part of.
The film festival featured short films from several creators in various genres, from comedy and action to science fiction and horror. We had the pleasure of attending night 2 of the festival and got to see several sci-fi and horror films. The films ranged in duration and talent, and by the end of the night we definitely found some incredible rising talent. These festivals are great ways of getting to see the latest developing talent in film that would otherwise go unnoticed if not for these festivals, and San Francisco Comic Con proved to be no different in that regard.
We got to do something a bit different and watch several people still dressed in their cosplay outfits get up in a meeting room to sing their favorite songs. One of our favorite performances had to be when the entire room broke out to sing "I'll Make a Man Out of You" from Disney's Mulan. While everyone in the room sang, (including us), we watched a cosplay Deadpool dancing with a very realistic looking Darth Vader cosplayer, and it was everything.
While we did not get a chance to attend the celebrity panels, celebrity guests included Manu Bennet from Arrow, Ian McDiarmid of Star Wars fame, Jenna Coleman of Doctor Who fame, and voice actors Grey Delisle, Janet Varney and Chris Sabat. We will note that unfortunately there were a couple of celebrity cancellations this year, as originally Jessica Jones herself Krysten Ritter and Aquaman actor Jason Mamoa were scheduled to appear, but had to cancel when she became ill and he had a schedule change to his film schedule.
Overall this convention was a lot of fun. We will note that it was unfortunate to see the actors/celebs we went to the convention to meet had to cancel, but because we were free to not wait in long lines to meet them, we ended up doing a lot more at this convention that we previously intended. From getting to meet some amazing cosplayers to making contacts with several writers and publishers, and even getting to meet members of the 501st Legion of Star Wars cosplayers and attending a great film prop museum that featured costumes from films such as Captain America, Superman and more. The event was a great success, and with a little fine tuning to the arrangements with future celebrity talent, this convention in the beautiful San Francisco can quickly become the event of the year in the city. San Francisco Comic Con 2016 was an abosolute blast, and we here at On Request Magazine give it a solid 8 out of 10, and look forward to getting back there next year to see how they improve after this first year and continue the amazing fun this convention brought.