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Comic-Con At 50 Looks Back To Its Roots And Ahead To Its Future

On March 21, 1970, a group of teenage comic and movie enthusiasts under the nominal adult supervision of a superfan named Shel Dorf mounted a one-day comic “minicon” at the US Grant Hotel in downtown San Diego, similar to a convention that Dorf had staged in Detroit. The event was successful enough that they decided to do a bigger version over the summer. Over 300 fans turned up to buy, sell, talk, live and breathe all things comics, sci-fi and fantasy with special guests Ray Bradbury, Jack Kirby and A.E. Van Vogt. They called it the San Diego Golden State Comic-Con, eventually settling on the pithier moniker “San Diego Comic-Con” by 1973.

As you may have heard, San Diego Comic-Con is still around. The 50th edition of the show kicks off this week, bringing hundreds of thousands of fans to San Diego for an annual festival that has become a centerpiece of the 21st century media/entertainment industry and global popular culture.

Comic-Con has always been a big deal for the comics and publishing industry, but it really rose to global prominence in the early 2000s, coinciding with the first wave of big superhero-driven blockbusters and the expansion of the San Diego Convention Center, which enabled the show’s attendance to balloon from 45,000 in the late 90s to well over 135,000 unique attendees that it draws today. The success of SDCC paved the way for other huge fan events around the world, creating an industry that now contributes billions of dollars in economic impact to host cities.

Through it all, San Diego Comic-Con has persevered, pursuing its mission to promote comics and the popular arts despite the thick fog of entertainment industry marketing hype that now blankets downtown San Diego for the week. Though the days of exponential growth are behind it, at least until San Diego decides to expand its facility further, SDCC remains a magnet for media attention, marketing dollars, exclusive merchandise, and fan frenzy. It’s also put long-simmering speculation of an imminent  move to another locale on hold with the announcement of a new deal to stay in San Diego through 2024.

Read more of the Forbes article HERE.

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Comic-Con Reveals 2019 Souvenir Book Cover By Jim Lee

2019 marks Comic-Con’s monumental 50th event—known officially as Comic-Con 50—and what better way to celebrate than with an extra-special Souvenir Book cover by one of comics’ top artists?

Comic-Con is pleased to reveal this year’s cover, penciled by the great Jim Lee—with inks by Scott Williams and colors by Alex Sinclair—featuring 13 of comics most popular characters. Sure you’ve seen Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman together before, but have you seen them with Spider-Man, Captain Marvel, Black Panther, Hellboy, Spawn, Michonne from The Walking Dead, and all four Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles—Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello, and Michelangelo? It’s the team-up fans have been dreaming about!

It was DC Comics publisher and chief creative officer Jim Lee’s idea to feature all of these earth-shattering heroes bursting from the San Diego Convention Center lobby to save the world in a one-of-a-kind piece of art the likes of which has never been seen before.

Jim had this to say about working on this year’s cover: “The honor was mine getting to do this historic cover for the world’s preeminent pop culture event. What an amazing 50 years!”

“Comic Con was the start of it for me and from my very first Con back in 1987, it’s been a huge part of my life. I’ve watched it transform the business and usher in a world I don’t think any comic book reader back in 1987 would ever have imagined to come to be.

“Thank you, Scott and Alex—you two continue to elevate and enhance everything you guys touch and this cover is a testament to the teamwork that we have forged and the sheer talent you bring to every project.”

Comic-Con’s Souvenir Book is available free to all 2019 attendees (while supplies last). This 280-page, full-color, trade paperback book features a pictorial history of Comic-Con’s past five decades, featuring over 530 photos and artwork from the event’s past, along with special features, including an in-depth history of Comic-Con by Eisner Award-winning author Bill Schelly. The Souvenir Book is available onsite only at Comic-Con 2019, July 18–21 at the San Diego Convention Center.

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See All The Exclusive First Looks from Entertainment Weekly’s 2018 Comic-Con Preview

Click HERE to see all the exclusive first looks from Entertainment Weekly’s 2018 Comic-Con Preview. Check out some great images from the upcoming films and television shows: Glass, Aquaman, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Castle Rock, Mr. Mercedes and many more!

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Comic-Con & Mondo Partner For Souvenir Book Cover And Exclusive Print

Comic-Con is pleased to announce a historic partnership with world-famous Mondo on this year’s Souvenir Book cover, celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The cover, designed and illustrated by Matt Taylor, features a plethora of Marvel movie characters spanning the last decade. Taylor is known for his illustration work on book covers and album covers, and of course, his many Mondo prints including: Guardians of the Galaxy, Thor Ragnarok, and Star Wars. Bonus: He is also attending as a Comic-Con special guest this year!

New this year, the Souvenir Book cover is being reproduced as an exclusive print, utilizing Mondo’s signature high-quality silkscreen technique. This giant (24” x 36”) print is on 100 lb. paper stock and printed in 8 colors. Each print will be numbered by the printer and signed by artist Matt Taylor.

This print is available exclusively to Comic-Con 2018 attendees, and offered in a very limited run of 1,000 copies. If you have a Comic-Con 2018 attendee badge linked to your Comic-Con Member ID account, you are eligible to submit interest in purchasing this special print. The Comic-Con 2018 Exclusives Portal will open tomorrow, June 1, for submissions of interest for the Mondo Print. You may submit your interest in a Mondo print, but please remember that doesn’t guarantee you’ll get one. We said this is limited, right? Only one submission of interest per Member ID, please … you can only “apply” once! (The final print and cover will not include the “www.comic-con.org” watermark on it).

Because there is a limited amount of prints, they will only be made available to purchase online via a random selection process. Only those with a Comic-Con 2018 attendee badge associated with their Comic-Con Member ID account are eligible to participate. You must also be age 13 or older to participate. Eligible attendees may submit interest beginning June 1, 2018. The deadline to submit interest in purchasing a Mondo print is June 7, 2018 at 12:00 PM (noon) PDT. Log in to your Member ID account then select the “Exclusives” tab to load the Exclusives Portal to submit interest!

Previous Mondo prints have sold out instantly online. This is the first-ever print Comic-Con has offered for purchase, and it is sure to be an amazing collector’s item.

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TV Guide Magazine Comic-Con 2016 Covers Revealed

The covers for the annual TV Guide Magazine Comic-Con special edition have been revealed, and attendees may be fighting over this year’s batch. For the seventh year, TV Guide Magazine is once again re-teaming with Warner Bros. Television for one of fans’ favorite swag items during the con. This year there will be four sets of collectible covers to choose from.

The covers will feature Blindspot‘s Sullivan Stapleton and Jaimie Alexander, The Flash‘s Grant Gustin, Supergirl‘s Melissa Bonoist, and Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki from Supernatural.

Distribution for the 88-page special magazine will be through the Warner Bros. booth (#4545) throughout Comic-Con beginning on Preview Night. For those unable to snag the free collector’s item at the WB Booth, all four collectible covers will be on sale from July 19 at retailers nationwide beginning July 18.

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LEGO Announces Exclusive SDCC 2015 DC Action Comics #1 Set

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Today LEGO announced its third exclusive set for SDCC 2015, the DC Action Comics #1 Superman set recreating Superman’s first appearance in 1938 as illustrated by Joe Shuster.

The set includes one Superman minifigure who is depicted lifting a bright green classic car!

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This desirable set will contain 145 pieces and retail for $39.99. SDCC attendees can draw a ticket at the Pavilion Terrace (outside the Sails Pavilion) and if they pull a winning ticket, then they can go to the LEGO Booth #2829 in Hall D and purchase this item.

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Funko Announces Second Batch of Comic-Con Exclusives

Funko is proud to announce our second batch of San Diego Comic-Con exclusives! Their goal was to cover as many beloved licenses and characters as possible to remind every Comic-Con attendee why they fell in love with these stories in the first place.

Here is the second installment of Funko’s San Diego Comic-Con exclusives list!

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Pop! Marvel: Avengers: Age of Ultron – Captain American Unmasked

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Pop! Animation: Dragon Ball Z – Golden Frieza

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Pop! Television: Supernatural – French Mistake Castiel

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Pop! Disney: Cars – Dinoco McQueen

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ReAction: The Flash – The Flash Unmasked

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Hikari: Gigantor – Power Gigantor

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Dorbz XL: Guardians of the Galaxy – 6″ Rocket

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Funko Announces First Batch of Comic-Con Exclusives

Funko is proud to announce their first batch of San Diego Comic-Con exclusives! Funko’s goal was to cover as many beloved licenses and characters as possible to remind every Comic-Con attendee why they fell in love with these stories in the first place.

In an effort to provide more of their products to Con-goers, FUNKO is not offering a pre-buy option this year. Without further ado, here is the first installment of Funko’s San Diego Comic-Con exclusives list! This is just the first batch with more releases coming in July!

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Pop! Animation: Futurama – Gold Bender

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Pop! Disney/Pixar: Inside Out – Sparkle Hair Sadness

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Pop! Television: Doctor Who – Twelfth Doctor (Spacesuit)

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Pop! Rides: X-Force Deadpool’s Chimichanga Truck

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Hikari: Star Wars – Infrared Boba Fett

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Vinyl Idolz: Ghostbusters – Slimed Dr. Peter Venkman

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Dorbz XL: Batman – 6″ Batman

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Get Your First Look At The 2015 Comic Con Souvenir Book With Cover Art By Michael Cho

Comic-Con International revealed the art for this year’s Souvenir Book at a special event co-sponsored with the CBLDF. The event, part of Will Eisner Week, was held at the Society of Illustrators in New York City on Wednesday, March 4. The CCI/CBLDF event was part of an ongoing series of education programs offered by the two organizations.

This year’s book features an incredible cover by illustrator Michael Cho (whose book, Shoplifter, was one of the best reviewed graphic novels of 2014), celebrating the legacy of Will Eisner’s The Spirit. Eisner’s character debuted in 1940 as a Sunday newspaper supplement and in its heyday reached over 5 million readers each week. Eisner ended the strip in 1952, but it went on to have an amazing afterlife in both reprints and new stories, starting in the 1960s and continuing through today. It’s a testament to Eisner’s work that The Spirit has stood the test of time and continues to entertain and inspire fans, readers, comic creators, and filmmakers. Eisner’s vivid and cinematic storytelling, rich with characterization, wit, and just plain great drawing, is as enjoyable today as when it was first published.

In addition to cover artist Michael Cho, the event featured artists John Cassaday (Star Wars), Paul Pope (Battling Boy), and editor Charles Kochman (Abrams ComicArts, editor of the upcoming book, Will Eisner: Champion of the Graphic Novel by Paul Levitz), in conversation with CBLDF executive director Charles Brownstein (whose book Eisner/Miller featured a long interview between Will and Frank Miller). The panelists discussed Eisner’s ongoing influence and inspiration for creators and why he is considered one of the masters of comic art. Eisner would have been 98 years old on March 6. He died in 2005, creating new graphic novels up until the very end. Will Eisner Week is an annual celebration in March promoting graphic novel literacy, sequential art, free speech awareness, and the legacy of Will Eisner.

The Comic-Con International Souvenir Book is a full-color, keepsake trade paperback that is published each year and given free to all attendees at the event (while supplies last). Comic-Con International 2015 will be held July 9-12 at the San Diego Convention Center.

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ABC Releases The Comic-Con Poster By Mike Mignola For Toy Story That Time Forgot

ABC has released the Comic-Con poster for the holiday special “Toy Story That Time Forgot” which will be given away to fans at the San Diego Comic-Con this Thursday. The poster was created by Mike Mignola.

In the special, during a post-Christmas play date, the gang find themselves in uncharted territory when the coolest set of action figures ever turn out to be dangerously delusional. It’s all up to Trixie, the triceratops, if the gang hopes to return to Bonnie’s room.

The cast of “Toy Story That Time Forgot” includes Tom Hanks as Woody, Tim Allen as Buzz, Kristen Schaal as Trixie, Kevin McKidd (“Grey’s Anatomy”) as Reptillus Maximus, Wallace Shawn as Rex, Timothy Dalton as Mr. Pricklepants, Don Rickles as Mr. Potato Head and Joan Cusack as Jessie.

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