What should a kid not miss at Comic-Con 2012?
July 1, 2012 11:47 AM Subscribe
What events would you take a five-year-old to at San Diego Comic-Con this year?
I'm taking my five-year-old son to Comic-Con this year. It's the first time for both of us. He's got a healthy interest in superheroes, cartoons, movies, books, etc. He watches mainly PBS kids shows with almost no broadcast TV but he's seen every major kid or family-fun movie released in the last 30 years. He has a big imagination. He draws constantly. He's into puppets and puppeteering, as in, he knows all the major Sesame Street and Muppets puppeteers by name, voice, and characters. He also makes his own puppets, in his own fashion. He's pretty much your demo model for a healthy, interesting kid. We let him consume media above his age level -- for examples, he's seen five of the six Star Wars movies multiple times and just saw The Avengers.
But the Comic-Con schedule is massive and I've never been before. I've looked through it and found things that could be very good but I've got a fear of missing out. So, can you recommend events, panels, demos, screenings, activities, etc., that would be good for a kid like that, from age five to 12? If there's a chance of a poster or little gewgaws or other kinds of kid-oriented swag to take home, that's good, too.
I realize lines and waiting are a part of it. We are perfectly happy doing something kind of half-lame if it means doing it right away with little or no waiting, instead of doing a lot of waiting for something super great. Think like a "now now now now" kid rather than a "your rewards will come in time" adult. He doesn't have a preconception of what's cool or what the other kids think he should be viewing or reading, beyond knowing the "big names" among superheroes.