For almost 47 years, Comicon has been a major part of the US and it’s quite easy to see why. Comic books and sci-fi shows have always had a welcomed place in many hearts, from young children to adults and being able to bring those fans together proved vastly popular. Today, there are more popular cult and classic TV shows and films promoted and of course, comic books are as popular as ever before. However, Comicon wasn’t always as we know it today; when it first began it was quite limited in comparison to modern times and people often thought of it as a ‘nerd-only’ event. That has certainly changed and Comicon continues to grow in popularity.
Originally known as the Golden State Comic Book Convention, Comicon was founded by just five members, all of which were big fans of the classic comic books. The members came together and wanted to create an event in which showcased and celebrated the best of sci-fi, fantasy and comic-related items. It was in the early 1970’s when San Diego saw its very first comic-book convention. The events held ranged significantly but showcased comics and a variety of genres such as horror, anime and sci-fi. Throughout its years, it was renamed as the San Diego Comic-Con International convention but is widely recognized and known as Comicon or Comic-Con. Now, TV shows, fantasy films, and even video games are showcased and those with no ties to the industry can showcase their talents as well.
Modern Events And The Ever-Changing Face Of Comicon
Over the last decade or so, the amount of people interested and attending Comicon has soared. There are hundreds of thousands of sci-fi fans who flock to hear guest speakers and view collectibles on show by fans interested in showcasing their collections or selling. There is also comic books on show, new talent who aren’t represented are able to show their work; there are also workshops, seminars, and previews of feature films. The exhibition floor always proves popular for collectors and there are a range of shows promoted at this event too such as Doctor Who, Being Human, True Blood, the Big Bang Theory, and many others. This has really become a popular convention for millions. It has seen changes over the years as to how many visitors arrive. Originally, it had a small number of three or four hundred but throughout the years, those numbers have increased tenfold.
An Upsurge In The USA
Comicon has really taken off throughout the US and there are millions who travel cross country and even half way around the world to visit the original San Diego Comic convention. Americans have been inspired by the event and have allowed many to embrace the sci-fi and fantasy genre without feeling so ‘nerdy’ in a sense. Years ago, people were teased for attending Comicon but now, everyone wants to go. It is certainly growing in popularity and the demand for this is high. However, there have been some overcrowding fears as the amount visiting and attending the events have jumped. Sellout shows are providing a big hit and throughout the four day event, there is never a slow day.
A Bright Future
In truth, Comicon has provided a real show to bring people who love sci-fi, fantasy and good TV and film together. New talent such as comic book writers who aren’t published and film makers with no distributors can attend and showcase their work. Collectors can also showcase their figurine collections and merchandise collections so there is truly something for everyone. As the years pass, there will be more demand for Comicon and there are already sister events throughout the world. The original American convention will always be the standout for fans everywhere.Continue Reading…