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Comic Con International: San Diego 2023- A Look Back

Comic Con International: San Diego 2023- A Look Back

By Nolan P. Smith


Photos by Nolan P. Smith and Jason T. Smith

Comic Con International: San Diego 2023 is now just a memory: how did this con measure up, being in the middle of the massive writer and actor strikes?

For one, the exhibit hall never felt more crowded. We have been attending SDCC for almost 20 years now, and this year easily had one of the most packed exhibit halls I have experienced. Of course, this was due in part to the writer and actors strike, which impacted many of the Hall H programming, which usually brings in thousands per time slot. But a packed exhibit hall means people are spending money, which is fantastic for exhibitors.

There were so many amazing booths, but a select few really stood out to me. The Loyal Subjects and their amazing line of action figures and collectibles is always a hidden gem at SDCC, and this year was no different as they debuted their line of BST AXN figures dedicated to the IDW comic series of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Super7, a company I have supported since my early years at con, continues to grow and shine, with Ultimate figures dedicated to G.I. Joe, Godzilla, Silverhawks and more. Mezco Toyz really brought the heat to So Cal with their One: 12 Collective line, Yesterdays shined with their amazing pins and customer service, and Bandai showed why they are one of the best in the business with an amazing showing of their diverse licenses, like Ultraman and Dragonball. Jazwares was a hit as well, showing of their new Call of Duty figures and the ever growing AEW line.

SDCC is always a special place for me- it’s not just about the exclusives or signings. It’s like a family reunion with all your like minded friends where you can meet and hang out once a year. Though a bit overcrowded, it is still SDCC, the one and only. Be sure to stay up to date on Comic Con International by visit

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