Last year’s Comic-Con International exceeded many expectations
July 18, 19, 20 & 21
This year’s Con is shaping up to be another record-breaker for nerds and anime fans of all types. Comic-Con 2013 is July 18-21 at the San Diego Convention Center. If you didn’t get tickets, fear not, the real party is on the streets throughout the Gaslamp District downtown and in bars all over San Diego that weekend. Since its beginning in 1970 Comic-Con has become an annual transformative event, drawing animation and fantasy devotees as well as gamers from all over the world.
From their official website:
“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.”
Visit comic-con.org/cci for more information. Photo by Rob Rowsey.