Comic Con International on July, 2018: whats comic con?
Comic Con International 2018. San Diego Comic-Con International is a multigenre entertainment and comic convention held annually in San Diego, California.
San Diego Comic-Con International is a multigenre entertainment and comic convention held annually in San Diego, California.
Comic-Con International: San Diego, commonly known as Comic-Con or the San Diego Comic-Con, is an annual multigenre fan convention founded as the Golden State Comic Book Convention and later the San Diego Comic Book Convention in 1970 by Shel Dorf and a group of San Diegans. It is traditionally a four-day event (Thursday through Sunday—though a four hour preview night on Wednesday is open to guests pre-registered for all four days) held during the summer in San Diego, California, at the San Diego Convention Center. Comic-Con is both the name of the annual event and the common name of the organization.
Comic-Con International also produces two other conventions, WonderCon and the Alternative Press Expo (APE), both held in San Francisco, California. Since 1974, Comic-Con has bestowed its annual Inkpot Award to guests and persons of interest in the industries of popular arts as well as to members of Comic-Con's Board of Directors and convention committee. It is also the home of the Will Eisner Awards.
Originally showcasing comic books, science fiction/fantasy and film/television (as was evident by the three circled figures appearing in Comic-Con's original logo), and related popular arts, the convention has expanded over the years to include a larger range of pop culture elements, such as horror, anime, manga, animation, toys, collectible card games, video games and webcomics. The convention is the largest of its kind in the world, filling to capacity the San Diego Convention Center with over 125,000 attendees in 2007. Although Comiket in Tokyo, Japan is four times larger in terms of attendance than Comic-Con, its focus is solely as a gather for the buying, selling, and trading of dōjinshi (self printed comic books and fanzines)
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About San Diego Comic Con International.....what is it?
San Diego Comic Con International is probably one of the biggest Comic Conventions ever. It's technically a convention about comic books! It's a public 4 day convention held in the San Diego Convention Center where comic book lovers of all kinds get to enjoy what they like. This convention invites many special guests (aka famous people) to talk about their work and what they do. You can go get their autographs and go to their panel. You can buy stuff from their Exhibit Hall, which is huge from comics to posters to even other artists' work! Not only is there comics, there's anime and manga! Comic-Con 2012 just ended yesterday so I'm not sure if they are selling tickets right now for Comic-Con 2013, but when they do BUY YOUR TICKET FAST, they sell out and pretty quickly too. Everyone is allowed to go but you do need to buy a ticket. They invite many Special Guests to Comic-Con and some are pretty famous.
I DID NOT attend comic-con before but i heard from a LOT of people about this. So, i can not answer all your questions, but this is what i know.
Which is better, Comic-Con International or AnimeExpo(LA)?
The San Diego Comic Con (SDCC) is better. But, you might be better off going to the AnimeExpo.
Tickets are already sold out for this years SDCC, so you probably could not go anyways. A documentary about the 2010 SDCC is coming out this Friday ("Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope"). It is generally about the SDCC, but it does concentrate on four different fans and their reasons for going to the SDCC. You can watch it to get an idea of the San Diego Comic Con and whether you want to go in the future. While it is only in a few theatres, it will be available on several different view-on-demand sites (like iTunes) on Friday.
If you already have a 4-day pass for the SDCC. I would say go to it. It gets harder, every year, to get tickets to it. The comic con is a lot more than comic books. It is more than just anime. It crosses over to all media, TV (live and animated), Movies (live and animated), games (video and non-video), magazines, novels, art, toys and more.
If you are a artist, there are sessions with professionals for portfolio reviews. If you are considering going into an entertainment field, the major studios, major comic book publishers, U.S. manga and anime distributors, major video game companies are all there. There are few better ways to meet professionals in the field.
If you are looking to purchase something, the dealers room is huge.
There is always the chance you will bump into a celibrity while walking around.
If you are interested in things other than just anime, you should go to the San Diego Comic Con. It offers a lot more than just comic books or anime.
The program is usually available about two weeks before the con. You could take a look at last years program as a sample (obviously this years will not be the same).
Oh, yeah, there are a lot of freebies you can pick up.