Comic-Con is a mecca for anyone who loves comics. Each year, millions of people dress up as their favorite comic character and attend the event where they not only get to meet famous celebrities but also enjoy an amazing display of fantasy novels, toys, and video games. This spectacle has gained a lot of popularity over the years and has established several Guinness World Records.
The 2017 edition of Comic-Con took place at the San Diego Convention Center from July 20th to 23rd. The event was a hit and many comic fans along with stars like Stan Lee, Glenn McCoy, Melanie Gillman, Mike Grell and John Holmstrom showed up to the spectacle. Now, it is scheduled to return in 2018. So, get your Comic Con tickets today if you don’t want to miss out on all the fun.
A Brief History
In 1970, a group of movie, comics and science fiction fans including Ken Krueger, Richard Alf and Shel Dorf (late) came together and formed a comic book convention. On March 21, 1970, Comic-Con was launched as the ‘San Diego Golden State Comic-Minicon.’ It was a one-day event which was held at the U.S. Grant Hotel. The event attracted over one hundred people and was also attended by two special guests, Mike Royer and Forrest J Ackerman.
A few months later, the name of the convention was changed to San Diego’s Golden State Comic-Con. From August 1-3, 1970, the first full-fledged edition of Comic-Con took place which was enjoyed by more than three hundred people. Some stars like, Jack Kirby, A.E. van Vogt and Ray Bradbury were also among the attendees.
After that, the founders of the Comic-Con thought not to restrict the show just to comic books but also add other aspects of popular arts like science fiction literature and films to the convention as well. In 1972, the name of the convention was altered to San Diego’s West Coast Comic Convention before it became San Diego Comic Con in 1973. A little over two decades later, the name of this non-profit event was changed to Comic-Con International: San Diego in 1995.
From One City to Another
The first two Comic-Con shows were held at the U.S. Grant Hotel in 1970. A year later, it was held at the Muir College. In 1972, it moved to El Cortez Hotel and the following year at the Sheraton Hotel. In 1974, Comic-Con returned to El Cortez Hotel where it continued to take place till 1978. After that, from 1979 to 1991, the show was held at the Convention and Performing Arts Center. Then, it moved to the San Diego Convention Center where it has been held for the past two decades.
The mission statement of Comic-Con International: San Diego is as follows,
“Comic-Con International: San Diego is a nonprofit educational corporation dedicated to creating awareness of, and appreciation for, comics and related popular artforms, primarily through the presentation of conventions and events that celebrate the historic and ongoing contribution of comics to art and culture.”
What to Expect
There is a ton of fun-filled activities to indulge yourself in at the Comic-Con International: San Diego. For starters, you can buy Comic-Con exclusive products from different companies like, Lego, Sideshow Collectibles, Funko, Mattel and Entertainment Earth, who will be selling their goods at the show.
Then, you can participate in the annual Masquerade Costume Contest. You can also attend the Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival which will showcase short and feature-length flicks. What’s more is that you can get autographs from different comic artists and other famous celebrities.
The fun doesn’t end there as you can also visit the special panels where television shows are promoted. You will also be allowed to ask questions from cast, writers and producers of your favorite T.V. series at those panels. So far, television shows like, ‘Supernatural,’ ‘Castle,’ ‘The Simpsons,’ ‘Once Upon a Time,’ ‘The Vampire Diaries’ and ‘Game of Thrones’ have all been promoted at the Comic-Con.
The Evolution of Comic-Con
Today, Comic-Con International: San Diego is the ultimate spot for comic and Science fiction/fantasy fans. The event also produces two more conventions, ‘Alternative Press Expo’ and ‘WonderCon.’ The former takes place in Anaheim whereas the latter is held in San Jose. Moreover, Comic-Con honors creative professionals in the field of comic books and science fiction by presenting them with different awards, such as Will Eisner Award, Icon Award, Inkpot Award and Russ Manning Award.
Comic-Con has also been featured in the film ‘Paul.’ The Golden Globe Award winning show, ‘The Big Bang Theory’ has also mentioned the event on multiple occasions. In addition, it has appeared in the television series, ‘The Real World: San Diego.’ On top of that, the Writers Guild of America Award winner, Morgan Spurlock has churned out a documentary feature film based on the convention titled, ‘Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope.’
Comic Con Ticket Prices
Comic-Con is now going to take place in 2018. Called the “largest convention of its kind in the world," by Forbes, the show promises to deliver an entertaining experience that you will never forget.
So, if you are looking forward to attend this show with your loved ones then check out the Comic Con ticket prices here.