As I noted the other day, the S.O. and I hit Wizard World Chicago this weekend. I don't think I'll elaborate on the details of the show as I think there are better summaries out there already. As I said, though, I had a good time and picked up some good books.
I left the con feeling like I could have done it better. It's actually a feeling I have after pretty much every comic convention I've been to: I always feel like I could have done it better and gotten more out of it. Doesn't matter if I've been there for the whole show or just a couple hours; if I found great bargains in the quarter bins or some rare treasure that blew my budget or nothing at all; if I attended a bunch of panels or none at all; if I liked the creators in attendance or not; if I met friends at the show or was just by myself... It seems that regardless of what I do at a convention, even if I enjoy myself a great deal, I leave with the nagging feeling that I could've done it better. Taken more advantage of being around thousands of other comic book fans. Like I should walk away from every show thinking, "WOW! THAT WAS THE BEST TIME EVER!" instead of, "Yeah, I had a good time."
Granted, not every show is going to be a winner and some are just legitimately bad. But I get the feeling that I'm doing something wrong. Or rather, not doing something right that I should be doing.
So, let me put this question out to everyone: what do you do at a convention to make it as awesome as possible? What makes a con really, really excellent for you? How do you do a con?