Date: July 18-21, 2019, San Diego, USA
What is Comic-Con?
The culmination of all pop culture is the Comic-Con festival in San Diego, which takes place every year in July. Thousands of fans in costumes from their favorite characters in films, anime, games, and books visit California, where they can immerse themselves in the atmosphere of comics, TV series, motion pictures and video games for four days. For those who never picked up a comic book before, Comic-Con may seem like a strange event. So what is Comic-Con? If we look at the very first Comic-Con, which was held in 1964 in New York, it was the meeting place for all the comic book fans. Artists, screenwriters, animators came to the convention to chat with fans, go for a walk at the parties and meet like-minded people. Soon the Comic-Con community began to grow with the growth of pop culture. Now, not only fans of comic books gather there, but also movie fans, fans of video games, cartoons, and TV shows. They go to events where different celebrities perform, buy various goods with their favorite characters, communicate with each other and much more.
How many people come to Comic-Con in San Diego every year?
About 120 thousand. Moreover, this number is growing. Besides, Comic-Con is not only in San Diego, although it is the most popular venue. Fans meet in both New York and Seattle. Comic-Con has become so famous that now they are present in almost every major city – but their size is, of course, smaller than in San Diego.
Can I dress up in the costume of my favorite character?
Yes! Dresses are cosplay, that is, people dress and even put on make-up to be as similar as possible to their heroes. However, this is not necessary.
How much do the ticket cost?
Tickets range from $40, but it is very difficult to buy them. Since there are many volunteers, all the tickets are sold out in a matter of seconds after the start of the sales, alo the majority of buyers are resellers. These tickets are then sold on eBay or Amazon for thousands of dollars.
Why are these conventions so popular?
Mainly due to the growing popularity of geek culture. Recently, there are more and more people who are fans of Star Wars, movies about the Avengers, TV shows like The Walking Dead or Game of Thrones. They can dream for at least a few days (and the Comic-Con in San Diego is four days) to be surrounded by the same enthusiastic people.
Besides, celebrities always come to Comic-Con in San Diego. They present new films, communicate with fans, give out autographs. Comic-Con is also a platform for announcements and the presentation of new trailers (commercials). It is the guests of Comic-Con who are the first to know exclusive information about films and TV shows. For this exclusivity, many are willing to pay any amount of money.