There's a lot of footage of the long wait for our room at the Hotel San Diego. It turns out that the staff were doing a speed makeover while we were hanging out in the lobby. We even get a "before" shot of another room that was in similar shape to ours pre-fix-up. The venerable old hotel was imploded in 2006.
We finally get to the convention itself and we see cartoonist Phil Yeh holding forth at his booth. When we hit the floor, we get a glimpse of Matt Groening hawking Simpsons paraphernalia. And what would Comic Con be without people in costume roaming the floors? There's some superheroes with padded muscle costumes which also included padded butts.
Even back then, seasoned convention-goers complained that the event had gotten too big and the comic theme was being crowded out by Hollywood. Oh, if they could only see what was coming there in the 21st century!
*I decided to reload the Comic Con video on YouTube in the higher quality format (an all-night process, I discovered) but it looks a lot better. Check it out here:
This is the low-quality version. I wasn't going to pull another all-nighter getting the big file here.