I suppose this is what I get for not visiting DC’s 52 website with any regularity: I missed this funny article in the Daily Planet about the return of Comic-Con to Sub Diego, the name given to the parts of San Diego that sank into the ocean in Aquaman.
“Overcoming astonishing setbacks –- a global crisis, the destruction of most area convention facilities by OMACs, and, of course, the sinking of approximately half of San Diego under the Pacific Ocean –- Comic-Con, America’s largest comic-book, science-fiction, and movie convention, is as popular as ever,” columnist Noah Vance writes in the July 13 article. “This week, more than 10,000 eager fans donned submersible helmets to wait in line at Sub Diego’s newly refurbished Norris Convention Center.”
Oddly enough, submersible helmets probably wouldn’t have been the strangest sights at Comic-Con.
The article goes on to chronicle a retailer’s reliance on Mylar bags to keep his comics dry, and a fan who had to quickly learn how to swim in order to attend the convention.
“There are other conventions I could go to — drier ones, certainly — but no place else offers the combination of merchandise, celebrities, and amazing programming,” Scott Middaugh tells the Daily Planet. “I’d rather swim here than walk almost anyplace else.”