Comic Con 2015; Highlights, History and Respect

    As every local San Diegan already knows, it is impossible to not be aware of the massive comic festival filling our downtown streets this weekend. The peak of the entire tourism industry in San Diego, this event brings with it many fun events, tourist dollars and congestion on the freeways heading downtown. We San Diegans embrace the event, love to sit back at a downtown cafe and watch the cosplay costumes that pass by, and cherish the rejuvenation the event brings to our downtown heart. This event has been a part of our city since the 70’s and has graced many of our favorite sites and local hotels over the years. Started at the US Grant, the event was also been held at the El Cortez in the 1970’s, before the Convention Center was opened. 
    Comic-Con has presented literally thousands of special guests at its conventions over the years, bringing comics creators, science fiction and fantasy authors, film and television directors, producers, and writers, and creators from all aspects of the popular arts together with their fans for a fun and often times candid discussion of various art forms. The event has seen an amazing array of comics and book publishers in its Exhibit Hall over the years. Over it’s four-and-a-half decade-plus history, Comic-Con International has continually presented comic books and comic art to a growing audience. That love of the comics medium continues to be its guiding factor as the event moves toward its second half-century as the premier comic book and popular arts style convention in the world.
    Among the highlights of this year’s Comic Con events, are the world premier of Call of Duty Black Ops III. One of the most anticipated first person shooter games ever. Saturday there will be a massive panel discussion including the cast and director of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice; Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Amy Adams, and Jesse Eisenberg (Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Lois Lane, and Lex Luthor) along with director Zack Snyder. Another panel on Saturday will feature the creators of Avatar: The Last Airbender. There will also be a cosplay costume contest, one of the most famous features of Comic Con from years past, which draws exciting and creative costumes some fans spend hundreds of dollars and years to create. 
    With attendance topping 130,000 in recent years—in a convention center facility that has maxed out in space—the event has grown to include satellite locations, including local hotels and outdoor parks. Programming events, games, anime, the Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival, and the Eisner Awards all take place outside of the Convention Center, creating a campus-type feel for the convention in downtown San Diego. 


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