San Diego has been the home to Comic-Con for nearly 50 years. It’s hard for any other con to compete with the juggernaut that is SDCC. However, there’s plenty of room for a smaller convention to provide an alternative to the hustle and bustle that takes place every year in the Gaslamp Quarter.
For anyone unable to get a pass to Comic-Con or those who are just tired of the endless lines and claustrophobic crowds, Nerd-Con has emerged to fill the void. If you’re hoping for celebrity guests or multimedia presentations, you’ll have to look elsewhere. However, if a laid back atmosphere sounds appealing, then read on.
2016 was the second year of Nerd-Con, which took place at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido in the north county of San Diego. Nerd-Con expanded to the whole weekend of Aug. 26 through 28 with exhibitors spread across three buildings and surrounding courtyards. While there wasn’t much in the way of comic books or movie memorabilia, vendors offered a unique selection of arts & crafts, uniquely designed clothing, and toys ranging from vintage Ninja Turtles to Funko Pops. Two stages were used for Nerd-Con programming such as a fashion show, cosplay panels, and voice actors panel.
Friday night was essentially a preview night though no exhibitors were set up yet. Instead, there was a party and early badge pick-up as the slow registration was a big complaint from the inaugural convention. Pick up still took a while. Security was also scanning badges before entry into any of the buildings Saturday morning, but stopped for whatever reason as the day continued. Due to the spread out nature of the con, it was easy to miss some of the vendors.
Here are just a few photos from Nerd-Con 2016:
For more photos, check out my Flickr album.