Why go to a normal conference when you could be at Comic-Con? The Telegraph looks over the event where many of the attendees dress as comic book characters [Hold on, I've attended management conferences like that!]:
Comic-Con is a mixture of seminars, on such topics as 'Klingon Lifestyle', 'Gays in Comics', 'How to be an Internet Geek Superstar', parties, autograph sessions, a giant exhibition hall with stalls from comic-book companies, artists, toy manufacturers and, of course, presentations from the big studios trying to hype their films.
Fittingly, it takes place in a convention centre the size of the Death Star. At 2,700,000 square feet, even comparing it with football pitches (about 60, actually) becomes meaningless. It stretches across the horizon and it takes 15 minutes to walk from one end to the other. The entry queue on the first day winds around the entire building.