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San Diego Comic-Con – The gathering of geeks

Some 10-15 years in the past, comic books and video games were viewed as thing for children and unambitious adults. Things changed in recent years and the “geek culture” has really blossomed as a sub-culture and a general lifestyle

San Diego Comic-Con – The gathering of geeks

Some 10-15 years in the past, comic books and video games were viewed as thing for children and unambitious adults. Things changed in recent years and the “geek culture” has really blossomed as a sub-culture and a general lifestyle

Nearest Airport: San Diego International Airport

What to expect: A lot of comic book, Sci-Fi, Gaming events and celebrities

What to bring: light clothing, walking shoes, something to get autographed, a camera

Weather: hot, Avg. 24° Lo 19°

When: July 21-24th, 2022 (please google for latest information)

Some 10-15 years in the past, comic books and video games were viewed as thing for children and unambitious adults. Things changed in recent years and the “geek culture” has really blossomed as a sub-culture and a general lifestyle. One of the biggest contributors to this change of perspective and popularization is the San Diego Comic Book Convention or as it usually referred to, Comic-Con. This convention was started in 1970 by  Shel Dorf, Richard Alf, Ken Krueger, Mike Towry, and Greg Bear. Since then, it has grown from a small one-day convention with an attendance of around 200 people, to an international festival of all things geek that last 4 days and hosts a crowd of 130,000 people.

While the name might imply that this event revolves only around the comic book culture (which is partially true) it has something for everyone. A large exhibition floor is reserved for comic book dealers, collectible dealers, movie studios’ and TV companies’ exhibits. In the Artists’ Alley, you can meet and get autographs from your favorite comic book artists, meet models and possibly get a free (or purchased) authentic and original sketch done right there on the spot. There are also an abundance of panels, workshops and seminars for young and aspiring comic book artists where you can really get useful tips that will help you improve. Previews of various films and TV Shows of the Sci-Fi and fantasy genre are also available along with the screening of Japanese animation (Anime), gaming lounges and much, MUCH more. There are over 350 hours of program that you can see and of course, there is an annual Masquerade costume contest. After all, no comic book convention is complete without people running around in Spiderman and Wonder Woman costumes.

Transportation

There is usually an organized transport via Comic-Con Shuttle Bus which services over 60 locations in downtown including the San Diego International Airport.

Date

Comic-Con falls late July 24th (please google for latest information)

Weather

You should keep in mind that you are traveling to California in July, so prepare for the heat wave and dress accordingly. If you plan on joining the costume show and intend to wear heavy makeup, there is a Big Bang Theory episode that explains this situation quite nicely.

How to prepare

The convention actually experiences a problem with overcrowding in recent years, so make sure you take this into account when you are planning your trip.

Even if you are not a great fan comic books, this event will surely be a great deal of fun. It is like going into an alternative world where comic books, TV series and movie characters come to life. The whole point behind this is to let loose and have some fun. Their official website offers all the relevant information and you should definitely check it out. To wrap things up, Comic-Con is a major event which is very well worth visiting and if you have the opportunity, be sure to do so.

Allie Leon, Chief Fun Officer

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