Some of CNN‘s iReporters are saying that Comic-Con just isn’t for the geeks anymore:
What is seen by some as the holy four-day weekend for geek culture at San Diego Comic-Con has gone mainstream in a big way for the past few years.
Starting today, there will be panels called “I Can’t Write, I Can’t Draw, But I Love Comics!” and “Indie Comics Marketing 101” taking place alongside “USA Network’s ‘Psych’ ” and “Aloha, Earth!” a panel about CBS’ upcoming remake of “Hawaii Five-0.”
But this recent spate of panels about movie and TV properties with no sci-fi or comic book elements has some fans fuming.
“The mainstream TV and film representation at Comic-Con has outstripped the original essence of the convention,” said iReporter Brad Powers who attended Comic-Con the past two years, mainly for the panels on “Lost.” He believed that this “mainstreaming” of the convention has played a hand in it being filled to capacity.
For one panel, Powers said he arrived a full 45 minutes before it was set to begin. “Thirty minutes passed and I thought for sure I was getting closer to the front door. Finally, 10 minutes after the start, some nice Con attendee started walking back through the line to let everyone know that they were full up and no one else would be getting in.”
Powers is not attending the convention this year since “Lost” has ended.
One iReporter, Michelle Cruz, has not attended in years. “I don’t even try anymore,” she said.” “They should have a Commercialism-Con and bring back Comic-Con the way it used to be.”…
[continues at CNN]