Fanboys around the world unite, below you will find the history of Comic-Con International! If Stan Lee is one of your personal heroes, or Peter Parker's life strangely mirrored your own (pre spider bite of course) the Comic-Con is for you. Comic-Con is like heaven for those who grew up with their noses buried in colorfully illustrated narratives about ill-adjusted people with superhuman abilities. But, just how did the Comic-Con begin? Whose wonderful idea was it to bring comic book nerds together from all over the world?
The San Diego Comic-Con International, as it's now formally known, can credit it's rather humble origin to one guy. The history of Comic-Con starts in Detroit, Michigan with a comic book enthusiast named Shel Dorf. In the mid '60s Dorf had the great idea of throwing a one day convention in Detroit called the "Triple Fan Fairs." Dorf would later move to San Diego, where he eventually organized the first San Diego Comic-Con, held March 21, 1970. It was a one day event named the Golden State Minicon.
Dorf's first three-day Comic-Con event was held August 1-3. 1970, and brought in roughly 300 attendees. Over the course of the following years, Dorf''s event became more and more popular. Eventually the convention needed a full fledged committee with thirteen board members, twenty part time workers and over 80 volunteers. By 2009 a recorded 140,000 people showed up to the event.
With comics emerging as a popular element in todays society, more and more mediums of entertainment have been drawn to the convention each year. The Comic-Con isn't just about illustrated super heroes anymore. If you attend Comic-Con in the near future you'll see the traditional booths for the comic book sellers and collectors, but there's a lot more to see these days.
Comic-Con hosts seminars and workshops with comic book professionals. Independent films, shorts and feature lengths are shown. Japanimation has an entire section all to itself. There's even a section dedicated to the scholarly studies of comic book narratives. Remember when your parents said that comic books would rot your brain? Now, there are academic studies about comic book mythology.
Today, Comic-Con is so mainstream that it's not uncommon for it to be a featured setting for popular TV shows. Just like anything else in society, if enough people show an interest, it'll spread like a wildfire. Comic-Con is so popular that big name companies even create Comic-Con specific collectible items that can only be purchased at Comic-Con. Hell, Comic-Con has its own magazine now. You know you're popular when you have a magazine dedicated to what you're doing. The Comic-Con is definitely worth visiting.
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