Insane number of people. Insane costumes. Insane amount of noise.
And, yes, insanely fun.
This spontaneous moment pretty much summed up the experience. Two people in impeccably perfect Star Wars costumers were challenged to a duel by a young Jedi, who had some impressive lightsaber moves, I might add:
And speaking of Star Wars, check out the Fett family!
The costumes are seriously unreal and reason enough to go, but the highlight of Comic-Con for me (aside from the awesome CNET Base Station) was seeing so many authors and participating in two great panels.
The first one was What Hot in Young Adult Literature, which I moderated, and which included Leigh Bardugo, James Dashner, Kami Garcia, Tahereh Mafi, Melina Marchetta, Lish McBride, Myra McEntire, and Scott Westerfeld (and organized by the fantastic Lauren Billings). It was hard not to be startstruck.
For a full recap of the panel check out this great rundown of the answers.
The second panel was on heroes in middle grade fiction with E.J. Altbacker, Cornelia Funke, Lisa Yee, Brandon Mull, Tony DiTerlizzi, Emily Janice Card, and Derek the Ghost.