Hey, That's My Cape! - GLEE? I Thought it was COMIC-Con!

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My head hurts. Why? I just looked at the preliminary list of television shows making an appearance at this year’s Comic-Con International: San Diego (CCI). You know, that show all about comics, sci-fi and video games? There are over ten titles that have nothing to do with any of those things.

We all know it’s been an issue for a while now. “Why is Hollywood invading my convention?!” But this year seems especially bad.

Show’s like Sons of Anarchy, White Collar and It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia are all going to be making some sort of an appearance at CCI. Even Fox’s musical comedy-drama Glee is going to be there. I know fans of that show call themselves Gleeks but come on, this is getting ridiculous.

To be fair, big comic conventions have never really been just about comics. Sci-fi, fantasy and role-playing game items have pervaded them from the start. So in essence, calling something a “comic con” was always inaccurate to a point. The difference is, show runners knew the people who read comics were usually the same people who watched Star Trek, played Dungeons & Dragons, etc. Frankly, I wouldn’t have cared if they called them Geek Cons, but not everyone was or is as comfortable with that term as I am.

Last year, Twilight was probably the biggest complaint I heard (of course most of that was just because screaming ladies took residence inside Hall H for most of the day). But even that falls under the fantasy category, there were tons of other vampire related items at CCI and always have been.

That situation was disappointing for some comic fans and many screamed “foul,” but how far is CCI going to be able to stretch the definition of Comic-Con before it breaks?

Let’s play a game I like to call, “Make Excuses For Comic Cons.” I’ll name some shows and try to come up with a reason they’ll be at CCI this year.

American Dad, Archer and The Cleveland Show: Those are all animation and animation is something only con-going people like...right?

Bones, Burn Notice and Castle: David Boreanaz was in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, Jeffrey Donovan was in one episode of Witchblade and Nathan Fillion is well, Nathan Fillion.

Entrance by association?

Why exactly are studios bringing their non-genre wares to our shores? Simple answer? They can. They’ve got nothing to lose and everything to gain. CCI gets major media exposure now and not just from comic book websites. Drive a few hours from Los Angeles, do a few interviews and be home in time for a late dinner. Makes sense to me.

After all, the people who would have made a trip to Comic-Con for shows like White Collar had no idea it would be there months ago when the tickets were still available. It’s not for the fans, it’s purely for the show.

Should comic, sci-fi or video game fans be angry these absolutely non-related shows or movies have a presence? They’ll be the ones sitting in on their panels after all. And of course going to CCI doesn’t mean you don’t like these shows too, it’s just that you didn’t buy your ticket for them.

Now, someone please help me get this child safety cap off the aspirin bottle.

Do non-genre shows have a place at CCI?

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