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San Diego Comic-Con International is an annual pop culture and comic convention held in July at the San Diego Convention Center in California. Since its inception in 1970, the scope of the conference has grown to include fantasy and science-fiction television shows and movies, as well as cosplay couture.
San Diego Comic Con International was created by a group of Comic enthusiasts, with the first one-day event taking place under the name Golden State Comic Book Convention on March 21st, 1970, and the first three-day convention held from August 1st to 3rd, 1970, at the U.S. Grant Hotel. The convention moved to its current location, San Diego Convention Center, in 1991. In 1974, the event organizers added their first Masquerade ball as an opportunity for cosplayers to show off their costumes.
Social Media Presence
On September 29th, 2006, San Diego Comic Con created its official YouTube channel, as of July 2014, the channel has gained over 11,000 subscribers. The channel features videos of panels which were held at past cons, interviews with famous con guests and interviews with ordinary attendees. As of July 2014, the most viewed video, which was uploaded on July 28th, 2009, is titled “Peter Jackson Sets the Record Straight on The Hobbit” which featured the Lord of the Rings director discussing the then upcoming Hobbit film. The video has gained over 90,000 views.
On August 5th, 2007, one of the first news articles about the convention was published by the New York Times, titled “We’re All Geeks Here.” On September 17th, 2007, The Laughing Squid published a post titled “1982 San Diego Comic Con Photos by Alan Light” which featured vintage photographs from a 1980s Comic-Con event.
In 2008, the convention was profiled by the New York Times again, and on June 15th, 2009, io9 published an article titled “San Diego Comic Con: Not Really For Girls?” which discussed sexism at the convention. In 2010, several sites published guides to the convention including Jezebel and The Huffington Post. The following year, several sites posted photo galleries from the convention including Hollywood Reporter and Mashable. In 2012, a number of major U.S news sites featured women attending the convention, including Entertainment Weekly and NPR. In 2013, many websites ran live coverage of the convention, including The Verge and IGN.
Search interest for San Diego Comic Con spikes every July when the conference is held.