There's a new contender in the ever-growing convention scene, and it's got some serious geek cred behind it. Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak announced the Silicon Valley Comic Con today, with comic book legend Stan Lee also on board.
"In life, the most important thing is to have fun, and Silicon Valley Comic Con will be the place to experience all your favorite things at one great show," Wozniak said in a press release announcing the event. "Today, technology is pop culture, in Silicon Valley and around the globe. Entertainment and innovation inspire and bring so much joy to the world, and I'm so excited that we will showcase both at Silicon Valley Comic Con. It's finally the Age of the Geek, and we're ready to celebrate!"
The inaugural Silicon Valley Comic Con is scheduled to take place March 19-20, 2016 at the San Jose Convention Center. That venue is hosting this weekend's Big Wow Comicfest -- now under the Silicon Valley Comic Con umbrella, as revealed in the release -- happening Saturday and Sunday.
Official Press Release
I'm excited to be launching Silicon Valley Comic Con today! I'm traveling and speaking so I can't take lots of calls, so I wanted to post this memo for you.
I'm teaming up with friends to make this happen because I want to give Silicon Valley it's very own kind of Comic Con where everyone can have fun enjoying what they love. Today we're lucky to have so many kinds of entertainment, from movies, TV shows, web series, music, video games, social media and more, and the lines between entertainment and the technology we love so much in Silicon Valley are getting blurrier every day. We're going to create a place where all these different kinds of interests can come together, and we can come together too.
There are lots of fans like me in San Francisco and the Valley, and I'm excited that now we'll have a Comic Con with our very own flavor. When I was growing up, it was hard to be a geek. It definitely wasn't cool, and that wasn't easy. I'm happy things have changed because now people are able to be proud of being geeks and being different. Silicon Valley Comic Con will be an event where fans of all kinds can celebrate the Age of the Geek.
I'm going to be working with lots of great people to make this happen. I hope you watch the video my friend Stan Lee and I had fun making together, and I'll be making more along the way. I've also got entertainment industry veteran John Alcantar on board to help us create our very own kind of Comic Con for Silicon Valley in 2016. John will help us pull the team together, and we'll even be looking for help from volunteers to help create an event we can all be proud of. Stay tuned for more!
I hope I'll see you in San Jose next year March 19-20. It's going to be amazing!