Comicbook.com stated the San Diego Comic-Con hijacked Southern California, from July 21 to July 24, 2016. The city was dedicated to promoting appreciation and awareness for related art forms, such as comics and graphic novels.
The convention dedicate’s itself to promoting appreciation and awareness for related art forms. They are, principally, the trials that reveal the enduring and significant contributions to art and culture. The comics are also promoted, chiefly through the exhibition of conventions.
Comic-Con International also hosted the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards. An award that is considered the “Oscar” in the world of comics. However, it is the home of other esteemed awards, such as the Eisner Hall of Fame, Icon, Clampett, Manning Awards, Inkpots, and the Retailer Awards.
The 28th Annual Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards was held July 22, at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel, where the event hijacked Southern California. Actor John Barrowman was the evening’s special host. Barrowman is also better known, as Jack Harkness in the “Torchwood” and “Doctor Who” series, as well as the vile Malcolm Merlyn on the “Arrow” TV drama series.
He and his sister Carol are comic book writers. The brother-sister team has written for the DC “Dark Archer,” and “Arrow” series. They have also written the first issue of “Torchwood,” which debuted from “Titan” at Comic-Con.
Other presenters were nominees Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell from “March Book 2,” Ryan North and Erica Henderson “Unbeatable Squirrel Girl;” Jennifer Holm and Matthew Holm “Sunnyside Up,” and “Babymouse;” actor Michael Trucco from ”Battlestar Galactica;” actor/voice actor Phill Lamarr of “Futurama,” “Family Guy”, and “Mad T.V..” Also, writer and past nominee, Anina Bennett from “BoilerPlate,” and “Heartbreakers;” writer/artist Bill Morrison, who was part of “Bongo Comics,” “The Simpsons,” and “Futurama;” and Kayler Morrison, who won the Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award.
Comic-Con International’s mission statement is that they are a non-profit and educational organization dedicated to creating awareness and appreciation for comics. The event began in 1970 when admirers of movies, science-fiction, and comics linked together to form the first Comic-Con in Southern California.
Some of the founders include Ken Krueger, Richard Alf, and Shel Dorf. The original convention began as a one-day event or mini-con. It was originally called, San Diego’s Golden State Comic-Minicon. The first Comic-Con occurred on March 21, 1970, and it was located at the U.S. Grant Hotel, downtown.
The event’s original goal was to raise stronger interest and funds to hold a larger comic book convention. It also included special guests Mike Royer and Forrest J. Ackerman.
The event was so large that five months later, the three-day convention was held. It lasted from August 1-3, 1970. It was also held at the U.S. Grant Hotel. Jack Kirby, Ray Bradbury, and A.E. Van Vogt were some of the guests.
Over 3,000 guests came to the first full-length Comic-Con, called San Diego’s Golden State Comic-Con. The event was held in the basement of the hotel. During the convention, film screenings, programs, panels, and a dealer’s room were featured. The event would become the standard for all of the following Comic-Con conventions. The Verge stated Comic-Con increasingly grew in the decades following 1970. The convention focused on fans of all comic genres.
The event had grown to 50,000 attendees as of 2001, according to The Verge. Film studios recognized that Comic-Con was a premier location to advertise their comic-based films. Producers were brought by the studios to give a lot of attention to the convention.
Last year, an estimated 160,000 fans attended Comic-Con. The masses of attendees slept outside the night before its opening day. Comingsoon.net stated the casts of “Once Upon a Time,” “The Vampire Diaries,” “DC Rebirth Batman,” and “The Simpsons” attended this year’s event. “Lucifer Special Video Presentation, Q&A ,” and “Family Guy” were also in attendance.
By John A. Federico
Edited by Jeanette Smith
ComicBook.com: About Comic-Con International
The Verge: Comic-Con 2016 preview: have movie studios finally had enough?
Coming Soon.net: Comic-Con 2016 Schedule for Saturday, July 23
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