Okay, so I haven't been to a Comic Convention since I was ten or eleven, and the ones I went to then were in a Holiday Inn or something in Ohio. I've never been to a major convention like San Diego or Chicago or anything. The closest I've come is two trips to BotCon, the Transformers convention.
This year, however, I plan on going to WizardWorld Chicago, and I'm wondering what to expect. I mean, I know all about bringing a backpack and a sketchbook and bottled water, I know about scheduling things so you can make it to all of the panels, and knowing where the bathrooms are, and not hassling creators on the floor. That's common sense stuff. What I'm wondering is a bit more practical, a bit more financial.
Namely, is everything going to be horrendously overpriced? Will I be looking at $6 for every tattered issue of Power Pack, or might I actually be able to pick up a run on Icon for $20? Will I be able to bring $100-150 and feel like I've gotten bargains and spent money well, or should I just not bother with looking for deals?
I'd like to use this opportunity to polish off my collections of comics-I-discovered-after-they-were-cancelled-or-shortly before, like Young Justice and Icon and Major Bummer and Supergirl and Superboy, but if every table's going to be using Near Mint prices out of Wizard for everything, then I don't think I should get my hopes up.
What's your advice?