The upcoming San Diego Comic-Con got me to thinking about what other venues there are for our readers and what is really available out there – I’ve taken a look around and came up with a short list.  This article is for all of you who might not be able to make it to San Diego.

With that said, let’s get on with it.

In case you haven’t heard, the 40th 2009 San Diego Comic-Con is coming up.  It’s just a little event that takes place every year.  Somehow, like a little snowball starting on its downhill journey, it has built momentum and size on the way down to become what it is today.

It’s gained enough momentum through the years to have outgrown its moniker of a convention for comics and has become TV-Movie-Web-MovieStar-Comic-Con.  (I’m sure I left out a few labels.)

Don’t worry, the convention in San Diego has a massive exhibit hall and close to half of it is taken up by comic distributors.

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They also have toy distributors on the floor for those really hard to find items that you’ve forgotten about until you see them in all their glory on display at SDCC.  Once you see the toys, your wallet then gets incredibly thinned out or gets a worn out spot as you keep taking it out and looking at what you have that you can spend.  Then putting it back.  Then pulling it out…  it’s torment, but it’s the best kind of torment.

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Space 1999

If you need a break from spending and window shopping, you can always just walk the hall and catch the enthusiastic fans who take the time to create some incredible costumes.  I am envious of the time they have, but we show our appreciation by asking them for a moment so we can take their pictures for posting on our picture websites, or editorial entertainment websites.

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Continue reading to see a list of alternative conventions…

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