Comic-Con International – July 19-22, 2018 Thursday – Sunday
Wigs, make-up, costumes and accessories to free your inner Comic Book Character while attending the amazing Comic-Con Internationalk. 2018 marks the 49th year for this world class show; the country’s longest continuously-run comics and popular arts convention. Costume contest again this year!
Comic-Con International, San Diego is a nonprofit educational corporation dedicated to creating awareness of, and appreciation for, comics and related popular art forms, primarily through the presentation of conventions and events that celebrate the historic and ongoing contribution of comics to art and culture.
Along with panels, seminars, and workshops with comic book professionals, there are previews of upcoming feature films, portfolio review sessions with top comic book and video game companies, and such evening events as awards ceremonies and the Masquerade, a costume contest, as well as the Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival, which showcases shorts and feature length movies that do not have distribution or distribution deals.
Traditional events include an eclectic film program, screening rooms devoted to Japanese animation, gaming, programs, as well as over 350 hours of other programming on all aspects of comic books and pop culture. Like most comic-book conventions, Comic-Con features a large floor space for exhibitors. These include media companies such as movie studios and TV networks, as well as comic-book dealers and collectibles merchants.
Comic-Con includes an autograph area, as well as the Artists’ Alley where comics artists can sign autographs and sell or do free sketches. Despite the name, artists’ alleys can include writers and even models. Academics and comic industry professionals annually hold the Comic Arts Conference at Comic-Con, presenting scholarly studies on comics as a medium. In recent years, the number of television shows that are promoted far outnumber films.
Thursday through Sunday
July 19 – 22, 2018
Preview Night: July 19
San Diego Convention Center
San Diego, CA
During the 2011 convention, at least 80 TV shows were represented, compared to about 35 films. The shows not only promote in the exhibit halls, but also use screenings and panels of various actors, writers, producers, and others from their shows. 2016 will be even more exciting!
WonderCon, Anaheim Convention Center, March 23-25, 2018
WonderCon is literally the sister show to Comic-Con International, embracing all the main aspects of that show, including comics, movies, TV, animation, the Masquerade, and more. The event has grown in all aspects over the years: more attendees, more exhibitors, more programming, and more fun. In its current Anaheim-based incarnation, WonderCon continues to be a must-attend event on the comic book convention schedule.
Anaheim Convention Center
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