Comic Con San Diego is the Largest Comic convention in the world that takes place every year in sunny San Diego. It brings in Comic fans, art fans, and culture fans alike into one city to celebrate all things from new television shows, movies, comics, and art and lets everyone celebrate together in every way possible. This year, it takes place July 20th- July 23rd.
Comic Con isn’t just for those in the convention center either like most of these shows that take place every year. At the San Diego International Comic Con, The entertainment flows to the outdoors so everyone can partake in the excitement. I have personally had some of the most fun in some of the events going on outside.
Originally SDCC began in 1970 and it was primarily comic books and science fiction/fantasy related film, television, and similar popular arts in the time however the convention has since now grown to include a range of popular culture and entertainment in television and movies across all genres, not just comics. This includes horror, animation, toys, collectibles, card games, video games and more. Comic Con has even now been known to create special edition collectibles that are only available at Comic Con and can only be picked up second hand by everyone else who did not attend.
Comic Con is known for all of the special events that take place during the weekend. These include special panels, previews for upcoming feature films, review sessions for upcoming comics or video games, workshops for comics, and more. At night, many events include evening parties held by some of the upcoming film and game teams (some even open to the public if they get special tickets handed out at the convention), award ceremonies, costume contests for those in Cosplay, short film views, and feature length movie sessions that may not have a full distribution deal.
Many people inside the convention space also get to go experience all the exhibitor events and activities. The comic book writers and artists set up booths where many people can go and see their spaces and speak to them in person. This is called Artists’ Alley. You may even be able to walk out of here with a little personal sketch to call your own, all while having a conversation with your favorite artist.
Many major TV networks set up booths and people get to experience a scare space and up front time with the dead, like on the Walking Dead booth, which is a top hit year after year. This booth even has the cast come to it to do the panel instead of having it in a separate room, which is always a hit. You can even see many of the movie memorabilia that you would never think you could see anywhere else. In 2015, when the Batman vs. Superman movie was filming, they had the Batmobile out for all to see up close and personal.
In the back area, you can pick up those collectibles you are after and get some that you will never find outside of Comic Con. You can even get a steal depending on when you are in the booth. Want a comic you cant find in your own state? You could probably find it here.
Comic Con San Diego brings out the young and the old and it brings out everyone just looking to have a great time. There are activities there through out the days and nights alike. If there was one major event in the US that I would recommend anyone go to if they got a chance, SDCC would be it. There is something for everyone.