A four day event created by a few group of friends and fans that invited writers, artists and speakers to talk to other fans about the upcoming comics, movies and shows related the comic industry and TV shows that were born after them.
This event took place in San Diego in 1970 under the name San Diego Comic-On International and it’s now a trademark. Even though there are other conventions with the name comic on such as The New York Comic On (without the dash) these are not affiliated to the San Diego convention.
The dynamic of the four days are panels filled with celebrities who tend to unveil new trailers of upcoming movies closely related to comic books, or release big announcements.
Getting into Comic-On
Due to the large amount of people that hope to see their favorite panelist discuss the script, movie and experience many of the attendees can spend whole nights waiting to be able to have a seat at the room.
Other important experience that people live in comic-con are the cosplays display. This is the art of creating a costume of your favorite hero, anime, or fictional character within the comics’ universe and impersonate it during the convention.
The tickets to this event cost 15 dollars per day and people have the chance to buy one badge or all four of them.
— Tracy C (@TheTraceC) June 26, 2020
To mention some interesting facts on the impact that San Diego Comic-Con has widely websites have spread that “according to Forbes, the convention is the “largest convention of its kind in the world;” Publishers Weekly wrote “Comic-Con International: San Diego is the largest show in North America;” it is also the largest convention held in San Diego.
The convention has an estimated annual regional economic impact of more than $140 million. Yet, in 2009, the estimated economic impact was criticized for allegedly negatively impacting seasonal businesses outside of Comic-Con, low individual spending estimates of attendees, that a large number of attendees live in San Diego, and that the impact of the convention was more cultural than financial.
Pop Culture and the Nerd community.
This year Comic-Con celebrated it 50th anniversary and it is widely recognized as a pop culture legacy created by the nerd community.
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As incredible as it may seem the media has recognized that even “the new century has been especially good to the event: The arrival of Marvel Studios and hit fantasy TV series such as “Game of Thrones” and “The Walking Dead” have driven attendance skyward, while production companies from Disney and Universal and television producers from NBC to HBO have used the convention to promote any TV show or film even remotely “genre-leaning” in a bid for fans’ attention.”
This influence has forever shaped the way users consume TV shows after Game of Thrones in an era dominated by streaming video services as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and now Disney and Warner.
The key to worldwide shows who have used Comic-Cons as platforms to present the series to more than 130,000 attendees does not belong to a specific franchise anymore. For this reason, many companies regard this yearly event as crucial to present and promote the next movie or TV series.