SAN DIEGO – The largest comic book, film, television, science fiction, and popular arts event just got bigger. Already the largest event of its kind in the United States, Comic-Con International is the gathering place for both professionals and fans of all things pop culture.
"We've added another hall to the convention which makes for over 350,000 square feet of exhibit space," said David Glanzer, Director of Marketing and Public Relations for the non profit show.
The event began as a gathering of 300 comic book and movie fans 33 years ago as a chance to talk about their interests. The event now boasts an attendance in excess of 53,000 people over four days. Besides the participation of every major comic book publisher, numerous Hollywood studios are in attendance as well.
The film angle is one area that may differentiate this show from others. "A prime example is our association with Lucasfilm Ltd.," Glanzer said "We were the first convention in 1976 to have a special look at Star Wars, and the tradition continues as Lucasfilm Ltd. will have a behind the scenes look at Attack of the Clones. " The only non-Lucasfilm owned convention to boast this.
Comic-Con is also a frequent stop for Hollywood celebrities looking to build word of mouth enthusiasm for their projects. "Though many celebrities come to sign autographs and promote their projects, you'd be surprised at how many just come to browse the exhibit hall," continued Glanzer.
In addition to the massive exhibit hall floor, Comic-Con International also utilizes a vast number of the San Diego Convention Centers meeting space. The 2002 event will see over 500 hours of seminars, panel discussions, workshops, and film retrospectives.
Comic-Con International is a non-profit educational organization 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 on ongoing contribution of comics to art and culture.