I hear the same lament from my friends every single year: Comic-Con sucks. Comic-Con is too big. Comic-Con has been taken over by Hollywood. Comic-Con isn’t about comics, anymore. When do passes go on sale for the next Comic-Con?
Being co-opted by Hollywood and the masses? Yes. Creating more and more rabid fans? Yes. Taking away the idea that comic books are an outsider culture? Yes.
Call it nerd male guilt if you must, but every time I’ve gone to comic conventions and seen the various “booth babes”, I’ve had a reaction that pretty much goes like this: “Oh God, those poor women, having to wear such skimpy outfits and be ogled by all manner of socially awkward men. They must hate this whole thing.”