Why San Diego’s Comic-Con is So Popular

In the 21st-century, Comic-Con’s rise has been accompanied by a much larger interest in comics and comic-book culture, which has been (in part, at least) prompted by the rise of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The Comic-Con event has been operating since 1970 when the organizers began looking to establish a meeting place for their fellow comic book fans. The event has continued to grow over the years, with some reports calling it the most popular globally and the largest in North America each year.

San Diego: The Original and the Best

There are many reasons why San Diego Comic-Con has become so popular over the years, including the fact this is often seen as the original large-scale event in the world. Shel Dorf is usually seen as the mastermind behind the launch of the Comic-Con phenomenon, with the former Chair of the San Diego Comic-Con holding smaller events in Detroit and San Diego. 

San Diego Comic-Con has grown from an event attended by around 300 people in 1970 to a more massive event with more than 130,000 people attending each year.

The Launch of Movies and TV Shows

In the last few years, San Diego Comic-Con has become the site of the launch of many of the world’s most popular TV shows and movies. Some of the largest TV channels and production studios take the opportunity to provide a small glimpse into the shows they are looking to launch. Among the shows that have used San Diego Comic-Con as a launchpad in the last decade are HBO’s “Game of Thrones” and “True Blood.” 

Many of the major movie production companies are keen to give a glimpse into their upcoming movies and spinoffs, including Marvel and their cinematic universe.

San Diego is an Excellent Place to Visit

The launch and rise of San Diego Comic-Con have led to many competitors springing up around the country. However, one of the main reasons why the San Diego Comic-Con has remained popular is its location. There is much to see and do in San Diego, and that adds to the reasons why so many people make their way to this version of the event.

San Diego’s major attractions include its world-famous zoo, Lego-Land, and Balboa Park. For military enthusiasts and history buffs, there’s the USS Midway Museum, the Maritime Museum of San Diego, and the Cabrillo National Monument. Lovers of the outdoors can visit any number of breath-taking beaches and beautiful hiking locations. Fitness buffs will find no shortage of gyms in San Diego for their daily workout, and foodies will find no shortage of restaurants to try.

A Range of Exhibitors

There are many established and new comic book artists, writers, and authors who can be found in the events major exhibit hall. This is divided into two distinct areas of the conference center. Artists Alley is a smaller area of exhibitors and is reserved for new artists and authors who are looking to show their skills to as many people as possible.

Alongside the new artists in Artists Alley, there is the main exhibition hall where the established artists and special guests can be found. Without a doubt, San Diego Comic-Con is well-known for the large number of high-quality, established artists who make their way to the event. The main exhibit hall is home to some of the major companies known for backing the event each year, including Lego and Hasbro, who have created many products, especially for San Diego Comic-Con.

New Exhibitors

When San Diego Comic-Con was first established, it was created purely as a way of bringing comic books and news for the future to fans of the genre. As the interests of those attending the San Diego Comic-Con event have changed, so have the exhibitors who are bringing their latest products to the state of California. Among those who are regular exhibitors at the event are video game producers who understand the importance of San Diego Comic-Con to the success of their latest games.

There are many reasons why San Diego Comic-Con has become so popular in the beautiful city in California. The event is vital to the economy of San Diego because the economy sees a boost of over $100 million to the local economy.