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Highlights From Silicon Valley Comic Con 2017

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Following the success of last years Silicon Valley Comic Con, Steve Wozniak took the lessons learned to improve the con experience while pushing the event to its limits. The result is a con exsperince that was organized to bring together the world of pop-culture and science while also competing against San Diego Comic Con.

If you enjoyed AOD ConHeroes & Villains or just enjoy going to cons then this was your perfect weekend. The event had vendors from all over the West Cost while artist were there to sell copies of their work and celebrities were present to share their story.

Tech Showcase Media Event

This was a special event for members of the press to have a chance to meet before the big weekend. It also gave everyone a chance to meet with Steve Wozniak for some photo opportunities. Personally had a great time chatting with David Crane of DefenseReview, Stephanie Tran of Women Write About Comics along with the team from Earth’s Mightiest Zeroes and Outside Comic-Con.

Vendors

Silicon Valley Comic Con had over 100 merchants along with 50 artists set up in the Exhibit Hall selling a verity of goods. From figurines, old video games, and collectable merchandise are among the many gems in this treasurer trove. Even if you had no shopping agenda, it’s still fun to look through all the cool stuff and meet the many artists.

Panels

Cons are not just about meeting new friends or going into bankruptcy after buying a bunch of collectable memorabilia, it’s also a chance to gain some insight. Silicon Valley Comic Con organized a series of panels that discussed a verity of topics from major stars and industry insiders.

These are some of the panels I got to checkout during the weekend:

Star Trek: The Next Generation 30th Anniversary was a special event that reunited cast members from the show for a Q&A session with William Shatner. This was a panel mostly dominated by fans who expressed their appreciation for the series. Plenty of shenanigan did happen on stage among the cast members.

Fans of The Walking Dead were in for a treat when they got a chance to hear from Steven Yeun during a special panel. A Spotlight on The Walking Dead‘s Steven Yeun allowed the star to share his thoughts on the the show along with the future of the series. Fans also got the chance to ask question about his career or working on the show.

Everyone could name one John Cusack movie they loved; be it Say Anything or Grosse Pointe Blank. Spotlight: John Cusack was a chance for fans to hear from the star himself while also asking some questions about his career.

The story of the Apollo 11 mission is one that every American should know by heart but it was far more captivating when Buzz Aldrin himself is telling it. Buzz Aldrin: Humanity’s Future in Space was an opportunity for one of the greatest American heroes to shares his life story along with his vision of humanity working together with the goal of going to Mars.

The Flash Q&A with Grant Gustin and Tom Felton was a gift to both Harry Potter fans and fans of the Arrowverse. Both talked about their working relation with he cast and their admiration for the comic series while Felton shared his story of joining the cast following his success in the Harry Potter series. This was also Gustin first appearance at a con and he made the mistake of wearing a Dodgers attire in the Bay Area (we forgave him for this).

Outdoor Festival

While the main event was at the Convention Center and Civic Center, Comic Con transformed the Plaza de César Chávez into a free event for everyone. This was the place to be attendees to get some fresh air and escape the dread of con stank. Several vendors had set up in the park while food trucks were ready to serve the crowd.

Gamers were delighted as both PlayStation and Facebook had a set up a booth in the park. While Facebook was promoting Oculus, PlayStation was promoting both the PS4 and the PSVR. Between the gaming booths were a science fair set up so that local students could present their curiosity of the world to the public.

The highlight of this festival was helping to organize and host the March for Science in San Jose. This national response to the attack on science attracted science supporters and comic con attendees. Among those who spoke out in support of science was Dr. Mayim Bialik, best known for her role as Amy Farrah Fowler on the Big Bang Theory.

Cosplay

No Comic Con story is ever complete without mentioning all the amazing cosplayers that were present. Some worked for authenticity while other added their own personal style. It was not just a photo op with your favorite character but also a chance to learn some tips for anyone who is trying to make their own costume.

Disclaimer: Silicon Valley Comic Con provided 8Bit/Digi with press passes for the weekend.

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About Stan Rezaee (336 Articles)
Stan Rezaee is the founder and Editor of 8Bit/Digi. He is a journalist and gamer from the Bay Area who has been writing about the medium for over five years.

16 Comments on Highlights From Silicon Valley Comic Con 2017

  1. Excellent job on the layout this year SVCC!! The extra buildings and park space really opened things up and made it easier to move around in the crowds.

  2. My first time to any Con! Silicon Valley Comic Con…the staff was beyond superior. Thank you to all the people who were dressed up to allow my wife and myself the pleasure of taking photos with you. We WILL be back next year. I used to think San Diego was where people should only go. This year changed my mind

  3. Love SVCC!! Even better 2nd year! I’m a lifers and can’t wait till 2018!! Would be awesome if they added movie trailer previews and panels of upcoming projects. Also, loved the cosplay contest would be really cool to expand and have a specific jr Cosplay contest. Lots of cool kiddos out their and it’d be awesome to have one dedicated to their art in fandom!

  4. So fun. And there was a cool one of Captain America but in a Boba Fett style get up.

  5. This article is on point about SVCC. It was so much bigger this year and yet it felt so much less crowded. It was great to see people we befriended last year and all the amazing cosplay and art that people dedicate thier time to. Will be back next year

  6. A cosplay photographer // April 27, 2017 at 10:00 AM // Reply

    I hope they fire that Angela chick or don’t bring here back for next year. She was so rude, unprofessional and just walks in front of everyone’s photo shots. 25 of my good photos are ruined because of her fat ass and she just gets bitchy when you ask her to stop walking in your line of shot.

  7. Sarah Watson // April 28, 2017 at 12:18 PM // Reply

    Glad you had a good time boss, so when will I get some passes to these events? LOL
    Please don’t fire me 🙂

  8. I missed Buzz Aldrin but got to see Steve Yuen from the walking dead and the two guys from the Flash. Overall I had a good weekend at Silicon Valley Comic Con.

  9. Awesome HAL-900 // April 28, 2017 at 2:41 PM // Reply

    I got to see Steve Wozniak at Comic Con almost 7 times, great guy and I’m glad he this whole thing up. He is a role model for other Tech bosses to follow. Meanwhile Peter Thiel wasted his money on Trump or finding new ways to fuck over the Bay Area – True Fact look it up!

  10. nom-nom-nom // April 29, 2017 at 11:00 AM // Reply

    I Agree this years comic con was so much better than last years. Also have to give a shout out to the lady dressed as Loki. For sure my favorite cosplay.

  11. I had the choice between SVCC or FanimeCon, I decided to go with FanimeCon since I went to SVCC last year and was not too impressed. If I knew about the free event then I would have rolled on through just to check it out. Oh well better luck next year

  12. Guy With A Rock // April 29, 2017 at 7:42 PM // Reply

    Question? How does a small blog like this able to cover a massive Comic Con better than GameSpot or IGN? I ask because GameSpots report was just lazy cosplay videos with no effort. Also why is GameSpot whilling to give non-stop coverage to a WonderCon or NYCC but dose a very half-ass job coverage a con in their own backyard?

    Just somthing to think about thats all!

  13. Jake Smear // April 30, 2017 at 7:10 AM // Reply

    I wish you gave more details about the other panels, it was more then just movie stars sharing their life story.

  14. I always wanted to go to the San Diego Comic Con but it has become like Cohello, everyone goes just to say they went while fucking it up for everyone else. Thank you Woz for making this awesome Comic con and I hope next years is a bigger F-you to San Diego!

  15. I was at SVCC over the weekend and this has to be one of the best articles I read about SVCC. However I wish you you talked about more then the main events.

  16. Meh it was nothing special, WonderCon was way better back in the day and now in SoCal.

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