Far too much security and way too heavy handed.
There are better ways to spend that extra cash.
I first began attending the Comicon in 1975 and attended every year until this year. For the last several years the thought of attending this overcrowded extravaganza just became more and more depressing. A comicon is supposed to be fun. Fighting your way through suffocating crowds is not the definition of fun, especially when I remember when the convention was actually fun. When attendence hit 80,000 a few years ago that was really bulging at the seams. Boasting an attendance of 125,000 before the doors even opened was just a big KEEP AWAY sign to me. The story of a security guard hassling a kid because he was walking back and forth was just too depressing for words. Comicon is now unrecognizeable to me.
I never was all that interested in ComicCon, and I've been around long enough to have attended all or most of them from the beginning. I'm not surprised at the security, though. To me, it's a foreshadowing of what is to come in our society. The police have become a paramilitary branch of the government (at all levels), and no matter what the individual motivation to become a cop, the police no longer exist to "protect and serve." No, they are interested in keeping the peace...and that's about it.
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