Friday, 6 July 2012

Comic con, You lucky people

Comic con started in 1970 by Shel Dorf, Richard Alf Ken Kruger and mike Towry. Shel Dorf a michigan born comics fan who in the mid 60's had mounted the Detroit Triple Fan fairs. This was one of the first comics fan conventions. When he moved to San Diego , California in the 70's he organized a one day convention (Golden state Comic Mini-con) this was a dry run for the larger convention he hoped to stage.

The initial gathering of Dorfs first 3 day San Diego comics convention, the Golden state Comic con drew 300 people and was at the US Grant Hotel from 1st - 3rd August 1970. Other locations was El cortez Hotel, the University of California, and the Golden Hall before being moved to the San Diego Convention Center in 1991.

Along the seminars, and workshops with comic book professionals there are previews of upcoming films, portfolio review sessions with top comic book and video game companies, and such evening events as award ceremonies and the Masquerade costume contest. This and comic con International Film Festival, which showcases shorts and feature length movies that don't have distribution deals.

recently these past few years, include Television shows that are promoted far outnumber films. Last year at least 80 TV shows were represented, compared with 35 films. The shows not only promote in the Exhibit halls but with the use of Screenings, panels of various actor, writers producers you get a full depth information about the show.  To name a few BonesBurn NoticeCastleChuckGrimmMythbustersNikitaOnce Upon a TimePsychSupernatural, and The Vampire Diaries. Of course sci-fi TV shows are there, such as Being HumanEurekaFringeLost GirlSanctuaryTorchwoodDoctor Who and Warehouse 13, but HBO and Showtime are also big attractions with shows like DexterShameless and True Blood.

This year includes The walking dead, game of thrones as well Dr who and Supernatural.

Hopefully By Saturday, people will be able to get a sneak peek at Quentin Tarantinos Django Unchained, Pacific Rim, The hobbit, Man of Steel and Iron man 3.
While sunday Fringe will be holding a Q and A session to celebrate its final 5th season in the morning and Dr Who will be promoting at mid day.

Its fair to say I would love to go to see my TV heroes live and in the flesh, There is the added bonus of seeing friendly Cosplay nutters who dress up and add a bit of crazy to the event. I must admit my geekness comes from admiring from a far the characters and plot lines of TV shows and Graphic Novels. But I guess it like football (soccer) you don't know how good it is until you actually see it with your own eyes. My passion to collect action figures and comics is limited. I have collected 2000 AD comics and recently the Excellent Marvel zombies graphic novels. Despite of this, I see San Diego as the Mecca of things Geek and Sci Fi. As far as I understand tickets sold OUT in an hour, it might be virtually impossible to go this year.
Maybe in the not too distance future I can see what's all the fuss is about, but until then I'll look forward to hearing or seeing the video highlights.

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