Com-Con, the ultimate event for fans of comics, graphic novels, anime, science fiction, fantasy, and gaming is scheduled for July 22-25, in San Diego, California. Due to the growing popularity, the Comics Arts Conference announced that tickets are no longer unavailable.
Four-day memberships sold out in November - months before last year's record-breaking March sellout. Now all single-day passes have been purchased four months in advance, breaking another record.
With 125,000 attendees, the event cannot accept registration at the door. Due to the increase in attendees, the special Preview Night, July 21, will have a limited capacity, unable to accommodate all memberships.
With the tremendous surge in major motion pictures about superheroes and adapted from comics, from Iron Man to Kick-Ass, it is not surprising that the biggest and longest-running comics convention is a hit.
Held since 1970, the event has developed with more than 400 panels and presentations by publishers, film studios, and TV networks screening new shows and previewing upcoming films. It is the largest and most comprehensive comics convention in the US.
The program also covers mainstream, independent and international comics, manga, editorial cartoons, comic strips, and action figures. In addition to panels and seminars, activities include a film festival, artist gallery, masquerade, and awards ceremony.
Attempts to move the convention from the San Diego Convention Center, where it began 40 years ago, have been mounted by Anaheim, California, which is closer to Los Angeles. Las Vegas and San Francisco also made bids, offering more hotel accommodations.
Wonder-Con, an affiliate event by the same organizers occurrs this weekend in San Francisco.
Other upcoming comics conferences:
London Film & Comic-Con: July 17-18, www.londonfilmandcomiccon.com/
New York Comic-Con: October 8-10, www.nycomiccon.com