Comic-Con Comic-Con International: San Diego began in 1970 when a group of comics, movie, and science fiction fans -- including the late Shel Dorf, Ken Krueger, and Richard Alf -- banded together to put on the first comic book convention in southern California. Comic-Con started as a one-day “minicon,” called San Diego’s Golden State Comic-Minicon, on March 21, 1970 at the U.S. Grant Hotel in downtown San Diego. The purpose of this single-day event—which included two special guests, Forrest J Ackerman and Mike Royer, and drew about 100 attendees—was to raise funds and generate interest for a larger convention. The success of the minicon led to the first full-fledged, three-day San Diego Comic-Con (called San Diego’s Golden State Comic-Con), held August 1–3, 1970, at the U.S. Grant Hotel, with guests Ray Bradbury, Jack Kirby, and A. E. van Vogt. Over 300 attendees packed into the hotel’s basement for that groundbreaking event, which featured a dealers’ room, programs and panels, film screenings, and more: essentially, the model for every comic book convention to follow.

Over the years, Comic-Con has become the focal point for the world of comics conventions. The event continues to offer the complete convention experience: a giant Exhibit Hall (topping over 460,000 square feet in its current incarnation); a massive programming schedule (over 600 separate events in 2012), featuring comics and all aspects of the popular arts, including hands-on workshops and educational and academic programming such as the Comics Arts Conference; anime and film screenings (including a separate film festival); games; the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, the “Oscars” of the comics industry; a Masquerade costume competition with prizes and trophies; an Autograph Area; an Art Show; and Portfolio Reviews, bringing together aspiring artists with major companies.

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-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.
Neill Blomkamp, the director of District 9 and Elysium, has a brand new science-fiction film coming out next year, Chappie. Thanks to Collider we have the first look at a banner, which was erected at SDCC convention center lobby.
Toy Story specials... Toy Story specials everywhere. Here is the first poster for the second ABC's Toy Story television special.
Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow has revealed the San Diego Comic-Con exclusive artwork which will be available exclusively at the event. It's by Mark Englert and features a very familiar dinosaur and vehicle as the new park is built in the background. Check it out!
We had a teaser of Michonne in cuffs earlier, and now the full Comic Con poster for the upcoming fifth season of AMC's The Walking Dead sees her joined by a few familiar faces in equally precarious positions. Take a look..
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has dropped a pretty big hint as to who he might be playing in the DC Cinematic Universe, and it sounds very much like we should expect to see him as Justice League member, Shazam. An official announcement is also said to be coming soon...
Hey, if we can put up with teasers for trailers I guess we can also put up with teasers for posters. Hit the jump to see a sneak of The Walking Dead season five Comic-Con poster. The partial image reveals Michonne (Danai Gurira) in handcuffs.
Why so serious? Do you want to know how USA Today got these figures of Christian Bale's Batman and Heath Ledger's Joker in LEGO form? Plus, a LEGO version of the Batmobile, aka Tumbler, from Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight.
Warner Bros. have unveiled the bags which will be available at this year's San Diego Comic-Con, and as well as a new logo for The Flash, we also get to see fresh images from Constantine, Gotham, iZombie and more. Hit the jump to check them out!
Clay Enos, the set still photographer on 'Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice', reveals what NOT to expect at Comic-Con 2014 and when fans will be able to see the picture he had infamously teased on twitter.
With SDCC '14 on the horizon, and Legendary Pictures panel slated for 12:25pm in Hall H on Saturday featuring "highly anticipated films." It's safe to assume that Duncan Jones' Warcraft is one of those films.
This year, wrist bands will be distributed for individuals hoping to attend panels in Hall H. Learn more after the jump.
Along with the cool new posters (although the Gotham one is just the previously seen character images grouped together unfortunately) we also have the official panel information for each show. Take a look after the jump..
Well, we finally know how Riverdale's favorite son will bite the dust. Read on for details concerning this, as well as Archie Comics' plans for SDCC panels, signings, and convention exclusive books.
Confirming that this year's San Diego Comic-Con might quite possibly be the weakest one of the bunch, click the jump to see the less than stellar schedule containing the likes of Lego: Legends of Chima, Scooby-Doo!, and Batkid.
With Thursday's and Friday's schedule released for this year's comic-con, Saturdays schedule has just been released today. It features things like the Simpsons, DC Entertainment, Marvel Studios, Indiana Jones, and much more!
Bleeding Cool is back with more on DC Comics' mysterious "Band-Aid" project, reporting that Scott Lobdell (Superman, Teen Titans) is working on a weekly title that "will run through" the event. Hit the jump for more!
DC have revealed new toys and collectibles available for purchase at this year's San Diego Comic-Con, including action figures from Batman: Arkham Knight, Arrow and artist Greg Capullo, Batman: Black and White statues and much more. Hit the jump to check it out!
So far, there haven't been any big comic book movies announced to have a presence at San-Diego Comic Con this year. My thoughts on what's really going on.
Twentieth Century Fox will dominate Hall H on Friday at this year's San Diego Comic-Con, but it's a big day for television as well, with the likes of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Agent Carter, Arrow, Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead and more getting the spotlight...
New imagery for Arrow, Constantine and The Flash are featured on special edition San Diego Comic-Con covers for TV Guide, while the cast of Gotham get a comic book make-over. Hit the jump to check out the full collection!
The 2014 San Diego Comic-Con is going to very much be a case of waiting and seeing as Marvel are the latest to confirm their Hall H plans...all while revealing no additional details! After the jump though, you will be able to find out exactly when and where they'll be this year.
Has the rumour that the cast of The Fantastic Four are coming to this year's Comic-Con already been debunked? Well, unless Fox are planning on surprising us, the Marvel foursome aren't mentioned in their official press release. However, it does include Agent 47 and more...
Twentieth Century Fox stole the show last year when they brought the cast of X-men: Days of Future Past to the San Diego Comic-Con, and now a reliable source reports that the cast of The Fantastic Four will indeed be in attendance later this month. Hit the jump for details!
Thursday is usually a pretty quiet day as the San Diego Comic-Con kicks off, but the official schedule for both that day and the Wednesday evening before features the likes of 24, Big Hero 6 Hannibal, Star Wars Rebels, as well as Paramount, Sony Pictures, and more. Read on for details!
There's no mention of Daredevil or any of the other Netflix shows that Marvel have in production, but they have confirmed today that both Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter will have a major presence at the annual event. Read on for details...