Comic Con International: San Diego (San Diego 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 event 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 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 (then 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.
From the beginning, the founders of the show set out to include not only the comic books they loved, but also other aspects of the popular arts that they enjoyed and felt deserved wider recognition, including films and science fiction/fantasy literature. After one more name change (San Diego’s West Coast Comic Convention, in 1972), the show officially became the San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) in 1973 with the fourth annual event. In 1995, the non-profit event changed its name to Comic-Con International: San Diego (CCI).
The show’s main home in the 1970s was the fondly remembered El Cortez Hotel in downtown San Diego. In 1979, Comic-Con moved to the Convention and Performing Arts Center (CPAC), and stayed there until 1991, when the new San Diego Convention Center opened. Comic-Con has been at home in that facility for over two decades.
With attendance topping 130,000 in recent years—in a convention center facility that has maxed out in space—the event has grown to include satellite locations, including local hotels and outdoor parks. Programming events, games, anime, the Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival, and the Eisner Awards all take place outside of the Convention Center, creating a campus-type feel for the convention in downtown San Diego.
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, including a giant exhibit hall and a massive programming schedule.
Comic-Con has presented thousands of special guests at its conventions over the years, bringing comics creators, authors, filmmakers 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-and-a-half decade-plus history, Comic-Con International has continually presented comic books and comic art to a growing audience.
Organizers of the annual pop culture celebration, San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC), have officially announced that, for the first time in its 50-year history, Comic-Con will not take place in 2020. The event will instead return to the San Diego Convention Center from July 22-25, 2021. According to various news outlets, the San Diego Convention Center … More
Danny Rand (Finn Jones) fights relentlessly to regain everything he’s lost in Marvel’s Iron Fist, coming soon to Netflix. The series will be released in 2017 exclusively on Netflix. Check out the teaser that was released at San Diego Comic Con, below.
Netflix has revealed a teaser poster that will be given away during San Diego Comic in a few days, for its upcoming Luke Cage streaming series, which debuts on September 30th. Actor Mike Colter, who played the character in the first season of Marvel’s Jessica Jones, also on Netflix, will headline the live-action television series. … More
It’s just about that time of year again. A time when pop culture fanatics journey to San Diego, California for Comic Con International, wait on lines for hours, even days, at a time, all to get a glimpse of their favorite celebrities, filmmakers, comic creators, pop culture writers & artists, streaming personalities, and cosplay icons. … More
Warner Bros. Pictures will once again commandeer San Diego Comic Con’s Hall H when the Studio’s biggest stars, DC’s best Super Heroes and “worst” Super-Villains, fantastic beasts great and small and more head to this year’s con for one the Studio’s biggest previews ever. On Saturday, July 23, beginning at 11:30 a.m., Warner Bros. will … More
Pop culture icon Mark Hamill, Star Wars’ Luke Skywalker, will bring his encyclopedic knowledge of pop culture and passion for memorabilia to Comic-Con HQ, the new subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) destination that will extend the experience of San Diego Comic-Con into a year-round event. Mark Hamill’s Pop Culture Quest, a docu-style series featuring stories about passionate … More
Lionsgate announced today that Fandango’s Dave Karger will moderate the studio’s annual San Diego Comic-Con panel on Saturday, July 20th, featuring stars and exclusive footage from two of the Lionsgate’s upcoming films: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, which opens November 22nd, 2013, starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth; and I, Frankenstein, hitting theaters … More
Content marketing group Future US and Skybound, Robert Kirkman’s imprint at Image Comics, announced today they are partnering once again at Comic-Con International: San Diego 2013 with a host of experiential activities involving The Walking Dead universe. The partnership celebrates a decade of Robert Kirkman’s groundbreaking Eisner Award-winning comic book series and bestselling graphic novels. … More
On Thursday, July 18th, Starz will host an exclusive sneak peek screening of their original drama from Executive Producer Michael Bay, Black Sails, during San Diego Comic-Con 2013. The first episode of the show will be screened for fans during Comic-Con 2013, with special guests from the program to be announced. The pirate adventure Black … More
Zachary Levi and The Nerd Machine have announced that Nerd HQ will return to San Diego from July 18th-21st, 2013, in a new location, Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres. Over the last three years, Nerd HQ has continually expanded and given fans a unique experience while in San Diego for the international … More
The producers behind the animated sic-fi epic War of the Worlds: Goliath, have announced a very special screening of the movie will be taking place during San Diego Comic-Con 2012. The screening will take place in Stereoscopic 3D, and will include a post-film Q&A with Adrian Paul, Peter Wingfield, David Abramowitz, Joe Pearson and Kevin … More