Although the cynical view is that the event has been fully co-opted by Hollywood, Newitz begs to differ. She writes that the press are lumped in, as they should be, with the event’s more important core constituency of the fans:
This is one of the only cons I know of where having a press pass means almost nothing. As a member of the media, I still have to wait in those giant lines along with the fans to see the actors from Game of Thrones or catch some Spider-Man footage…
Comic-Con is one of those rare places where real life offers us all the things we normally do semi-anonymously online, like debate the ending of a TV show, share cool pictures, and tell writers we love what they’ve done.
Intriguingly, io9′s Comic-Con coverage is being sponsored by the new feature film Another Earth, a title that pretty much sums up the vibe on the San Diego Convention Center floor.