Where did all the comics go?

San Diego Comic-Con has become a multi-genre entertainment beast worthy of the fantasy that has inspired it.  But did you know it was founded as the Golden State Comic Book Convention in 1970 by a group of individuals from San Diego.   Later it was just called the San Diego Comic Book Convention.  If you have never been it is a four-day event (Thursday-Sunday) held during the summer at the San Diego Convention Center in Southern California.  But when I say Comic-Con what do you think of?  Do you get upset that the convention has grown to become more about media and pop culture, or are you just excited that Comic-Con is now the equivalent of nerd Mardi Gras?  Of course the convention originally showcased primarily comic books and science fiction/fantasy related film, television, and similar popular arts, BUT the convention now includes a larger range of pop culture and entertainment elements across virtually all genres of entertainment, including horror, animation, anime, manga, toys, collectible card games, video games, webcomics, and fantasy novels.   Forbes has said the convention is the largest convention of its kind in the world and it is also the largest convention held in San Diego.  Now I don’t quite get why people have gotten so upset about it over the past few years?  Is it because the con sells out so quickly and people just get angry they can’t be part of the party?  Four years ago and probably every year since 2010 it has filled the San Diego Convention Center to capacity with more than 130,000 attendees.  Whatever the reason, Comic-con has become the nerdy event of the year. Despite people’s complaints that Comic-Con is no longer about the comics it has become too strong of a brand to change the name now.  With the content via the internet we are in a place where entertainment can be more locked into to a target audience, but lately I’ve noticed people feel like all things should be for all people and if it’s not, it’s shouldn’t exist.  Whatever you think about Comic-Con, or you’re feelings about the convention just remember that there are people who enjoy it, so try to not go out of your way to put down something someone else enjoys.  Though comic con may not be for you, there are tons of other wonderful cons like Wondercon, Anime Expo, Comikaze, etc..  Not all things are for all people, and if it’s not for you just accept it and focus on something you enjoy much beter, and put your time and effort into making that great!


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