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ComicCon to start July 24 in San Diego

ComicCon to start July 24 in San Diego
Late July means one thing in San Diego: ComicCon International.
The juggernaut of pop culture festivals will kick off July 24 (through the 27th) in the San Diego Convention Center, 111 W. Harbor Drive.
A preview night is set for July 23. There will panels galore, screenings, plenty of celebrity appearances, previews, hundreds of exhibitors, an art show, a masquerade ball, a children’s film festival, a return of the Comic Creator Connection, the ComicCon International Independent Film Festival and thousands of vendors. Now in its 45th year, the event sold out months ago.
ComicCon once started out as a one-day event devoted mostly to comic books in the U.S. Grant Hotel in San Diego in 1970 and featured science fiction legend Ray Bradbury. It drew 100 attendees.
Today, tens of thousands devotees from all over the world flock to the convention center to catch the best, newest or weirdest in entertainment. It has even spawned several spinoff events: WonderCon (in two cities), the Alternative Press Expo.
Topics during last year’s extravaganza included a celebration of “Battlestar Galactica,” “Magic The Gathering,” an all-star panel dedicated to the 10th anniversary of “The Walking Dead” “The World’s End,” “Star Wars” comics, a ComicCon film school, DC Comics, Edgar Rice Burroughs, showrunners, the 25th anniversary of the groundbreaking animation classic “Who Framed Roger Rabbit,” hot new show “Orphan Black,” “How I Met Your Mother,” iconic author H.P. Lovecraft, steampunk and “Yu Gi Oh!”
Traditional events include a film program, screening rooms devoted to Japanese animation, gaming, plus more than 350 hours of other programming focusing on comic books and all types of pop culture.
There will be further preview coverage, so check out this page for future articles.