This article was written by Tim Mudd of KYXY in San Diego.
Preview Night; Wednesday, July 21
Whether you know it or not, everything that even vaguely touches on the realm of popular arts which you may encounter in the coming twelve-months is being unveiled at the San Diego Convention Center this weekend. Some names are already household (Harry Potter, Transformers, TRON and True Blood) while others will be (Green Lantern, Sucker Punch, Green Hornet, Super, Megamind and Thor), but only if they pass the litmus test of the genres most discerning fans.
Comic-Con 2010 has landed. Let the water-cooler gossip begin as the traffic snarls and the streets of America’s finest city (that’s San Diego if you didn’t know already) fill with freaks, geeks, and tweens, though not necessarily the kind that folklore and mythology surrounding the event would have you believe.
First held in 1970 to showcase comic books, science fiction/fantasy, film/television, and related popular arts, the convention has expanded over the years to include a larger range of pop culture elements, such as horror, anime, manga, animation, toys, collectible card games, video games, webcomics, and fantasy novels.
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, the Masquerade, a costume contest, and the Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival, which showcases shorts and feature length movies that do not have distribution or distribution deals.
[photogallerylink id=7638 align=right]The convention is the largest in the western hemisphere, and second largest in the world (after Angoul√™me International Comics Festival in France). Last year’s 150,000 attendees filled the San Diego Convention Center to capacity.
As Comic-Con grows, so does its demographic. While it’s Fan-Boy and costumed attendees may well fit the description of the events original audience of die-hard comic book enthusiasts, it is now a Mecca for everything and everyone at the center of popular culture. Artists, actors, musicians, and designers, well-known or up-and-coming, they’re all here; and there’s a panel, press conference or party for all.
Despite the mythology surrounding Comic-Con, as I approached the Convention Center and took my first steps inside the Hall, I was struck not by the buzz of excited attendees, nor the scale of the booths (impressive as they are), but by the healthy glow of normalcy. Whether we like it or not, we are a world propelled by pop culture, and it’s nice to know that the further we travel and more we experience together, the less weird everyone else appears to be.
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