Comic-Con

Comic-Con Comic-Con International: San Diego began in 1970 when a group of comics, movie, and science fiction fans -- including the late Shel Dorf, Ken Krueger, and Richard Alf -- banded together to put on the first comic book convention in southern California. Comic-Con started as a one-day “minicon,” called San Diego’s Golden State Comic-Minicon, on March 21, 1970 at the U.S. Grant Hotel in downtown San Diego. The purpose of this single-day event—which included two special guests, Forrest J Ackerman and Mike Royer, and drew about 100 attendees—was to raise funds and generate interest for a larger convention. The success of the minicon led to the first full-fledged, three-day San Diego Comic-Con (called San Diego’s Golden State Comic-Con), held August 1–3, 1970, at the U.S. Grant Hotel, with guests Ray Bradbury, Jack Kirby, and A. E. van Vogt. Over 300 attendees packed into the hotel’s basement for that groundbreaking event, which featured a dealers’ room, programs and panels, film screenings, and more: essentially, the model for every comic book convention to follow. Over the years, Comic-Con has become the focal point for the world of comics conventions. The event continues to offer the complete convention experience: a giant Exhibit Hall (topping over 460,000 square feet in its current incarnation); a massive programming schedule (over 600 separate events in 2012), featuring comics and all aspects of the popular arts, including hands-on workshops and educational and academic programming such as the Comics Arts Conference; anime and film screenings (including a separate film festival); games; the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, the “Oscars” of the comics industry; a Masquerade costume competition with prizes and trophies; an Autograph Area; an Art Show; and Portfolio Reviews, bringing together aspiring artists with major companies. Comic-Con has presented literally thousands of special guests at its conventions over the years, bringing comics creators, science fiction and fantasy authors, film and television directors, producers, and writers, and creators from all aspects of the popular arts together with their fans for a fun and often times candid discussion of various art forms. The event has seen an amazing array of comics and book publishers in its Exhibit Hall over the years. Over it’s four-decade-plus history, Comic-Con International has continually presented comic books and comic art to a growing audience. That love of the comics medium continues to be its guiding factor as the event moves toward its second half-century as the premier comic book and popular arts style convention in the world.
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Marvel Studios And Warner Bros.' DC Films Will Both Skip SDCC@Home For The Second Year In A Row

Marvel Studios And Warner Bros.' DC Films Will Both Skip [email protected] For The Second Year In A Row

With just weeks to go until [email protected] takes place for the second year in a row, it's been confirmed that both Marvel Studios and Warner Bros.' DC Films division will give the virtual event a miss.

Comic-Con Organisers Face Backlash Over Thanksgiving Plans With Actors And Producers Unwilling To Participate

Comic-Con Organisers Face Backlash Over Thanksgiving Plans With Actors And Producers Unwilling To Participate

It was recently announced that Comic-Con will return to San Diego this year, but during Thanksgiving weekend rather than its normal July slot. However, the organisers are facing significant backlash...

San Diego Comic-Con In-Person Convention Cancelled; Will Go Virtual Again In 2021

San Diego Comic-Con In-Person Convention Cancelled; Will Go Virtual Again In 2021

We had hoped things would be back to normal by the time the event was scheduled to take place, but San Diego Comic-Con will go virtual again for the second year in a row. Check out the official statement.

Warner Bros. May Be Considering Monetizing DC FanDome And Similar Upcoming Online Events

Warner Bros. May Be Considering Monetizing DC FanDome And Similar Upcoming Online Events

DC FanDome was a huge success, with 22 million views and over 150 million trailer views. Now, it appears as if Warner Bros. is considering monetizing similar online events moving forward. Check it out...

DC FANDOME Returns With Explore The Multiverse On September 12th; Trailer For The Event Released

DC FANDOME Returns With "Explore The Multiverse" On September 12th; Trailer For The Event Released

DC FanDome was a massive success for Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment, and we now have a trailer and details on the upcoming second day of the event which will put the focus on comics, TV shows, and more.

DC FanDome Was A Huge Hit For Warner Bros. With 22 Million Views; Trailers Generate Over 150 Million Views

DC FanDome Was A Huge Hit For Warner Bros. With 22 Million Views; Trailers Generate Over 150 Million Views

Saturday's DC FanDome event was quite the experiment for WarnerMedia, but it's one that paid off, and it sounds like the plan is to make this a yearly event. Find out more details after the jump...

DC FANDOME Trailer Released As The Event Is Split Across Two Days, With Some Panels Moved To September

DC FANDOME Trailer Released As The Event Is Split Across Two Days, With Some Panels Moved To September

Warner Bros. has released a trailer for this Saturday's DC FanDome, and with that comes the news that the show is going to be split across two days instead of just 24 hours. Find out more after the jump...

DC FANDOME Schedule Includes THE BATMAN, THE FLASH, The Snyder Cut Of JUSTICE LEAGUE, And More

DC FANDOME Schedule Includes THE BATMAN, THE FLASH, The Snyder Cut Of JUSTICE LEAGUE, And More

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New York Comic-Con Officially Canceled In The Big Apple As The Show Goes Digital For 2020

New York Comic-Con Officially Canceled In The Big Apple As The Show Goes Digital For 2020

As expected, this year's New York Comic-Con has been cancelled, but a digital version of the show is going to take place, and American Gods, Star Trek, Dreamworks Animation, and more have been confirmed...

Comic-Con@Home: No Marvel Studios Or Warner Bros. Leaves Big Gaps In Underwhelming Saturday Schedule

[email protected]: No Marvel Studios Or Warner Bros. Leaves Big Gaps In Underwhelming Saturday Schedule

The San Diego Comic-Con organisers have unveiled the Saturday schedule for [email protected], and it's fair to say the absence of both Marvel Studios and Warner Bros. leaves a big void in the yearly event.