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The wonder that is Comic-Con

If you don’t have tickets already, forget about attending the July 21 - 24 Comic-Con in San Diego

Posted: May 27, 2011 6:00 a.m.
Updated: May 27, 2011 6:00 a.m.

Klingons and Star Fleet personnel pose for a photo at the 2010 Comic-Con event held in San Diego.

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If you don't already have a ticket to Comic-Con 2011 - to be held July 21 - 24 in San Diego - you're very much out of luck.
All four-day and one-day tickets to the world's premiere comic book convention were sold out months ago.

Comic-Con is so much more than just a comic book convention. It is an "event" of the first magnitude.

Its influence on popular culture can't be overstated.

Film, television and print businesses of all kinds bring their newest wares to Comic-Con in an attempt to curry favor and create "buzz" among the highly sought after 18 - 34 male demographic.

Where else can you meet up with a family of Klingons?

Where else can anime cos-players feel at home with sci-fi aliens?

Comic-Con appeals to all spectrums of sci-fi, anime and fantasy followers. Hence, once a year thousands descend upon the San Diego Convention Center in full costume to pose, preen and attend the hundreds of panels, screenings, discussions and autographic signings offered at the event.

Originally Comic-Con, founded in 1970, showcased, as the name implies, comic books, but now the convention has expanded to include nearly every aspect of pop culture including horror, anime, manga, animation, toys, collectible card games, video games, webcomics and fantasy novels.

It is the largest convention of its kind in the United States. It is the fourth largest convention of its kind in the world.
Despite efforts by other cities to lure Comic-Con away from San Diego, organizers are committed to stay at the San Diego Convention Center through 2015.

Remember "Snakes on a Plane?" There was a huge buzz about the film before it opened, thanks in part to the elaborate multi-media display mounted by the film studio at Comic-Con.

"Snakes on a Plane" ended up not living up to studio expectations, but for months before the film opened, the name of the film was "out there" - almost everywhere. You can't buy that kind of publicity - except at Comic-Con.

The best part of Comic-Con is the number of comic book and other vendors.

There's more manga per square inch, artwork, jewelry, collectibles, toys, one-of-a-kind costumes and other unique shopping experiences to be found at Comic-Con than anywhere else. It's a one stop shopping paradise for fans of all genres.

The panels, seminars, and workshops, held in the upstairs conference rooms of the San Diego Convention Center, cover everything from voice acting to presentations by comic publishers.

For those lucky enough to hold passes to this year's event, make sure to take a walk down Artists' Alley. The talent on display will blow you away.

To attend Comic-Con is an amazing experience. People watching is one of the best sports in the hall.

Where do they find those Storm Trooper costumes?

Cassie Buttelman, of Canyon Country, is Escape's official press representative to Comic-Con. For more information about Comic-Con and associated conventions, like WonderCon, visit


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