Fans And Bartenders In Costumes Add To City’s Nightlife Scene
The scene was out of something you might find only, in, well a comic book.
There was Batman, Captain America and Superman. Several Supermans, in fact.
As well as the most authentic-looking Spock you could find outside of Star Trek, a bunch of Ghostbusters and even a Ghostbusters ambulance coming out of the roof of a bar.
It was Comic Con in San Diego, and 2019 was the 50th anniversary of this celebration of comic book superheroes.
Today, it’s much more than that; Comic Con was chosen as the place to debut the trailer of the new Top Gun movie, complete with an appearance by Tom Cruse. A walk through of “the Top Gun bar” – Kansas City BBQ – showed it was a popular place the weekend of July 19-21.
But the real action was all up and down 5th Ave., in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter.
The street was blocked off from Island to the Convention Center and on the peak day of Saturday, was elbow-to-elbow crowded with “superheroes” and gawkers. Those in costume reveled in posing for photos.
I kept marveling at Spock, who looked identical to the TV character. I mean identical. He could even do the Vulcan finger split. He was accompanied by a Captain Kirk who was so old, I thought for a second he might actually be William Shatner. (He wasn’t, I realized upon closer inspection). Trekkies from Star Trek would have loved it.
In addition to the street scene, the bars really got into the act. Some were “wrapped” with advertising and turned into Comic Con-themed parties. Bartenders and waitresses were all dressed in superhero costumes.
And people drank, danced and partied in their costumes.
It was quite the scene and one did not even have to go into Comic Con to enjoy and experience it.
That was certainly my experience and it’s certainly something I recommend for the future.